Job Interviews in English: A Stressful Interview – 10 questions and 10 answers:
1. Tell me about yourself.
“I’m a committed and results driven marketer. My main strength is my ability to mix creativity with logic – combine the left and right side of the brain. For example….”
2. Why should I hire you?
“I realize that there are probably a few other candidates who also have the ability to do this job. Yet I bring an additional quality that makes me the best person for the job; my passion for excellence and results. For example . . .”
3. What is your long-range objective?
“Within five years, I would like to become one of the best accountants in the company. I want to work toward becoming the expert that others rely upon. And prepare myself to take on greater responsibilities. For example, to prepare myself for this I´m…” . . .
4. How has your education prepared you for your career?
“My education has focused not only on the academic but also on the practical. For example, I was involved in…”.
5. Are you a team player?
“Yes, I’m very much a team player. In fact, I’ve had opportunities in my work, and with sports to develop my skills as a team player. For example, on a recent project . . .”
6. Have you ever had a conflict with a manager? How was it resolved?
“Yes, I have had conflicts in the past. Never major ones, but there have been disagreements that needed to be resolved. I find it helps to firstly understand both perspectives. So I take time to listen to their point of view, then we work together towards a collaborative solution. For example . . .”
7. What is your greatest weakness?
“I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritising. However, I’ve taken some project management courses and also started using a pocket planner. This has helped me when….”
8. If I were to ask your colleagues or managers to describe you, what would they say?
“I believe she would say I’m a very energetic person, that I’m results oriented and have a good set of values. May I show you one of my letters of recommendation?”
9. What qualities do you feel a successful manager should have?
“In my opinion, the key quality in a successful manager should be leadership–the ability to communicate clearly a vision and how to carry it out. The person who can set the course and direction for their team. Let me give you an example of a leader I admire….”
10. If you had to live your life over again, what one thing would you change?
“Overall I’m very happy with my life and its direction. One aspect I would have changed would have been to have had more divergent experiences in the beginning of my career. Experience is a great teacher and it helps us to quickly understand and empathise with other people and departments.”
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