Various researches have proved that organizations that spend more time on recruitment have benefited greatly in the long term. When planning for an interview, an important thing to do is to think, whom you are interviewing, and what kind of information you bring to the table. Hence, you should prepare a list of questions you want to ask before conducting an interview.
Everyone agreed that being judged and evaluated by people who have your future in their hands is more anxiety-inducing than meeting the future parents-in-law.
And you should remember this, each interviewer is different and their exact questions may vary. By preparing answers for these common interview questions, you can develop compelling talking points to make a great advantage during your next job interview.
In this article, we share some of the most commonly asked interview questions with tips on what interviewers are looking for in your response, and some example answers.
Tell me something about yourself
You should remember that recruitment managers are not looking for your whole life story, instead, they are looking for a pitch.
Make sure your answer is relevant to the position you are applying for. What you should be aiming for here is to present yourself as the ideal candidate for the job.
Briefly introduce yourself: What’s your name? How long have you been working as [profession]?
What do you love about your job?
What are your top 2-3 achievements that are relevant to the job you’re applying for?
+ I am Nam Hoai, a recent college graduate from the University of Economics - Technology for Industries.
+ I have just graduated with honors in computer engineering. I know how a website works, building apps, designing a network, etc.
+ The lab felt like home, which is why I’d love to work as a lab assistant. I am passionate, hard-working, and extremely responsible. I am also looking forward to putting to practice all the things I learned during my time at university.
+ The computer likes a part of me, which is why l want to apply to be a web developer. I am passionate, hard-working, and extremely responsible. And I’m always looking for new ways to improve the quality of work.
Why should we hire you?
This question can be asked at any stage of the interview process—from pre-screen to final round interviews. When preparing, you might consider the following steps to craft a response:
Here are 3 general points you can mention:
How you’re super passionate about working for the company (and why).
How your skills fit their requirements.
How you’re going to help the company solve their existing problems. Improve a metric, set up a process, etc.
Here’s how you can answer this question:
+ Well, as a start, I have all the skills and work experience required for the job. I’ve worked as a Sales Manager for 5+ years, and over the past 2, I’ve closed several deals totaling in 6-figures.
+ Oh, and on top of that, I have experience working with tech companies, so I’ll be able to pick up all the product specifics much faster than the other candidates.
What is your salary range expectation?
This is always a tricky question in every interview. Sure, you don’t want to lowball yourself, but at the same time, you don’t want to be told “Sorry” because you gave such a ridiculous number.
Here are some tips for you to figure your ideal number during your recruitment:
What’s the average salary for your job?
How much does the company pay employees of your skill level?
Finally, how much are you getting paid in your current company? In most cases, you can probably negotiate a little more from what you’re currently getting.
The final number you tell them should incorporate all 3 of the points above. And remember that your salary today may change tomorrow, and it depends a lot on you, so don’t put all of your intent on the salary question.
Do you have any questions?
This might be one of the most important questions asked during the interview process because it shows the interviewer you’re excited about the role and you can explore any subject that hasn’t been addressed. While there isn’t a right answer, this is the worst answer:
Nope, all good! Thanks.
So, there are some good-ending questions you can ask during recruitment:
What do you like best about working in this company?
If I were in this job, how would my performance be measured?
What are the most important values of your company?
How would you describe the office environment?
In addition, all the interview tips, all of our sample answers above, you should follow basic interview etiquette. Make eye contact with the interviewer, but be polite, and so on during the recruitment. And finally, we wish the best will come to you!