POSSIBLE QUESTIONS, TIPS AND ANSWERS
TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF?
- Start with your name
- Give your place information
- Education in short
- Job experience if any
- Family details in short
My name is Gift, I live in Johannesburg. I have done B.A in Humanities & MBA in HR. I have 5 years’ experience in HR & I live with my family in Johannesburg. I am energetic, and a great communicator. Working in sales for 2 years has helped me to build confidence and taught me the importance of customer loyalty. I am punctual, dependable, can be counted upon to finish what I started. I understand my customer’s needs. I consider myself as hardworking /reliable/dependable/helpful/outgoing/organised/honest/cooperative.
- WHY DID YOU LEAVE YOUR PREVIOUS JOBS?
- Describe what you have learnt from your past occupation
- Share your reasons for the job change
- Relate to career goals
-I have learnt a lot from my current role, but now I’m looking for a new challenge, to broaden my horizons and to gain new skills of which I see the potential in this job opportunity.
-I am looking forward to a better opportunity to grow in job wise and financial wise.
-I am looking forward to learn more from your organisation.
-I am looking for a job that suits my qualifications and skills.
-I was laid off/made redundant, because the company relocated/downsized/ needed to cut costs.
- WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY DOING?
-my work is important to me, so instead of rushing to accept anything that comes my way.
-I am taking my time and being careful to ensure that my next role is the right one.
-I spend most of my time volunteering at my daughter’s school/community outreach project
-I am currently furthering my studies through part time learning
- WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST SATISFYING ABOUT CARRYING OUT SALES (MARKETING, HR, AND SO ON) POSITION?
-I really enjoy making contacts and spending time talking to different people. The most rewarding part of being in sales, for me is the time I spend with customers, helping them make right choices and decisions about products.
-I am a people’s person and I am always happy, and most satisfied when I interact with customers, making sure I am able to meet their needs and giving them the best possible customer – experience.
-I would like to stay in field related to training no matter what happens.
- WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?
- Fast decision making
-I believe my strongest qualities lies in paying attention to details. This quality has helped me enormously in this field of work.
-I have always been a great team player. I am very good at keeping a group together and generating quality work in a team setting.
-I find it easy for me to adapt to new environment. I am able to adjust my approach to meet all the needs for the job.
-I am honest, self-motivated & hardworking person with positive attitude towards my career & life.
- WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESS?
- More talkative
- Trust people very quickly
- I can’t say no when someone asks for help
- Take decision very quickly
- Get nervous when talk to strangers
-I have never been very comfortable with public speaking which can sometimes become a hindrance in the workplace. Realising this was a problem, I enrolled in speech workshop from my previous employer which helped me in overcoming my fears. Since then, I have given lots of presentations to audience of over 100 individuals.
-I had problems in the past with planning and prioritisation. Nonetheless, I am now taking steps to fix this. I now use pocket planner to help me with planning.
-I might need to learn to be more flexible when things are not going according to plan. This is something I am currently working on at the moment.
-I can’t say no when someone asks for help.
- TELL ME ABOUT A DIFFICULT SITUATION YOU HAVE FACED?
-I have faced number of difficult situations, but the one that comes to mind now is (Describe the situation). I was able to deal with it by addressing the situation, determining the possible different approaches and deciding on the most effective one. I had to remain unemotional, objective and focused on the solution.
-I am a perfectionist and I may be too hard on myself or my co-workers sometimes.
- WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 3-5 YEARS FROM NOW?
-Although it is hard to predict the future, I sincerely believe that I will become a very good financial consultants. I believe that my skills will allow me to excel to the point that I can pursue other opportunities such as portfolio manager (the next step) and possibly even higher.
-In five years I perceive myself as a valued worker of this company. I want to be an expert at my position and start training to be a manager.
-My goal is to become a leader in five years. Though not everybody gets endorsed to this level, I have confidence that I can achieve this objective through working hard.
- WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
-I am a fast learner, I had to learn a totally new operating system in my last job and I was up and running within a couple of weeks.
-I can accomplish a wide range of administrative roles. I have a track record of carrying out these different tasks efficiently and successfully.
-I have the right combination of abilities and experience for this job. I also bring additional quality of strong analytical and problem solving ability as shown by my introduction of a more efficient work flow system at ABC Company.
WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER GOALS?
- Short Term Goal
- Long Term Goal
My short term goal is to get a job in required company where I can utilise my skills & improve my career path. My long Term Goal is to be in a reputable position in that establishment.
WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?
- Share your knowledge
- Work experiences
- Skills Related to Job
- Career Goals
Sir, as I am a fresher, I have theoretical knowledge, but I can do handwork for my organisation & I will put all my efforts for the good progress of my organisation. I am punctual & sincere, I can accomplish the work assigned to me on time & achieve all the needs of the company.
WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK WITH OUR COMPANY?
- Communicate to them what you like about the company
- link it to your long term career objectives
Sir, it is a great honor for me to work in a reputable organisation like yours. When I researched about your establishment i found that my skills makes me an ideal candidate for this position and I can showcase my technical skills to contribute to the growth of your company.
WHAT ARE YOUR SALARY REQUIREMENTS?
- Related job market salary
- Do not share your salary requirements as a fresher
- Knowledgeable candidates can share their anticipated remuneration
- Always say yes as per the company norms for the job
I am a fresher, salary is not my first priority. This is a big platform to start my career & I also want to develop my knowledge & skills, and gain experience so i expect a considerable salary according to my skill & your establishment’s standards which will fulfill my economical requirements.
FINALLY, DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS TO ASK?
- Express your appreciations
- Salary structure
- Job timing
- Job location
- Overtime allowance
- Timing period
- Transport facility
Thank you for giving me this opportunity. I would like to know the job timing and transportation facility & what will be the job location & salary scales for this job in your organisation?
TOP INTERVIEW TIPS
Research the company
Practice and Repeat
Get ready ahead of time
Be on time- that means early!
Try to stay calm
Follow up after the interview
10 MOST COMMON MISTAKES MADE DURING A JOB INTERVIEW
- Badmouthing previous employers
- Inadequate research about a potential employer
- Being unprepared with your answers
- Not paying attention
- Talking too much
- Checking your phone or watch during the interview
- Lacking humor, Warmth or personality
- Bringing in a drink with you
- Arriving late or too early
- Dressing inappropriately