Thursday, 21 April 2011

Frequent Questions asked by Employers

1 Why did you leave your last assignment?

Be careful what you say, give good reasons and criticize your former employer only if you have completed your contract. Answers might include: better prospects, to get more experience, change for a bigger or international company etc.

2 Can you tell me something about yourself?

The interviewer wants to get to know you in the shortest period of time and has put the onus on you to set the pace of the interview. Be brief in your comments. Do not ramble. Organise your thoughts into brief descriptions of your birthplace, childhood, parents’ vocation, school days, work history, achievements and interests. The interviewer will watch for your enthusiasm, energy level, effective communication, body language and so on.

3 What position are you looking for?

Be self confident and realistic in regards to your experience. Try to sell yourself, but be sure you can deliver what would be expected from you.

4 What are your objectives and long term plans for the future?

Tell the interviewer that you would like to join a modern, progressive company similar to the one under discussion. Emphasize that you can do an outstanding job with your years of experience and could be considered for promotional opportunities. Give examples of time spans (in 2-3 years I aim to be F&B Director; in 7-8 years I would like to be General Manager). Employers like people who plan and set precise career goals.

5 What is the one thing you are most proud of and what are your strong points?

Choose your answer carefully. You must sound self confident without being conceited. Don’t hesitate to give some positive examples of what you have achieved.

6 What do you think are your weakest points?

Everybody has a weakness. But sometimes a weakness can be an advantage. Mention one or two weaknesses you may have, but discuss some of the methods you employ to control or overcome them.

7 Why do you think you are good at this job, why should we hire you?

Give precise examples of what you have achieved so far, including mentioning figures. Offer suggestions as to what you would do if you were hired. Show self confidence, but know your limits.

8 What are you doing in your spare time?

Talk about your hobbies, your sport activities and best of all, mention business books and literature, your willingness to widen your professional knowledge, studying and staying on top of the latest business trends.

9 When would you be available?

If you are without a job, say: “as soon as you would like me to start”. If you are still employed, state the time frame of notice and emphasize that you would like to fulfill your contract. This will always impress your interviewer.

10 What salary expectations do you have?

Try to be tactful and avoid mentioning any specific figures for the salary you have in mind. Leave it to the interviewer to make you an offer. The salary and remuneration package will be the last thing discussed.         

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