Seven questions that may be addressed during the interview!

1. Introductory questions

Examples: Tell us about yourself. Tell us through your CV.

What does the question imply?

What do you tell for yourself when answering such an “innocent” question?

How to answer: You have to think in advance how it will be the first impression you want to leave the interviewer. Therefore, do not say irrelevant things, or a detailed history of your career. Choose 5-6 important topics that summarize your experiences and that are most important to your work.

2. Questions that begin with 'Can you’

Examples: Can you give me an example of your experience in this field?

What does the question imply?

Do you have experience and skills to do this job; let be revealed whether you could really do the work?

How to answer: Even if you have not worked in this field, you can show how you have used your skills in alternative jobs. Remember to mention the details and results when you give examples!

3. Questions that begin with ‘why’

Examples: Why did you apply for this job?

What does the question imply?

What are the reasons you chose this job? You can be totally qualified to do the job, but your motivation may be suspicious. These questions serve to understand if you have the right motivation for the job.

How to answer: Warning, do not say that you have chosen this job just because you were unemployed. Could be something honest, but it shows desperation. Even if this is the only reason, you should say something that attracted you to this job. He, who employs you, wants to hear that you have the slightest interest to work.

4. “Adaptive”questions

Examples: How will you work as part of a team?

What does the question imply?

Will you fit in with the culture of their work?

How to answer: You should have received some information previously for the company, for example, how are the employees like, how do they dress, or which is the main item that they produce. Try to give a specific example, like the way how you have managed to become part of a project of a team or group in previous experiences.

5. “Tricky” Questions

Examples: Why are you leaving the current job? What were you dealing with since the time you are unemployed? What are your weak points?

What does this question mean?

The way you answer is more important than what you actually say. Interviewers are interested to know how can you manage to rely on your own strength, or what are your thoughts.

How to answer: The key to this question is to give a positive response. This means that you shall not offend your previous job, or your former bosses. The interviewer may think that if you were a problem for your previous leader, you can be as such for him as well. Neither shall you admit strong points, which may appear as weakness, eg. 'I'm ambitious’ or weak points of the past such as: 'I have had some problems in obeying orders, but now I have learned ...'

6. Questions on Salary

Examples: For what kind of salary you are interested for?

What does this question mean?

Can they satisfy you with a salary you would like, and whether you are a good negotiator?
How to answer: You have three options to answer, and they all have a trick:

1. Answer by asking: I do not know how much is offered, can you explain the salary?

2. Give a figure "Ask for a salary of 20000 to 30000 euros", be prepared as they will lower it as much as they can.

3. Confidential option: let them provide offers to you by saying: "Salary is not an issue for me, so I am ready to negotiate with you if you make an offer." This answer requires courage and they may appreciate such a thing.

7. Your questions

Examples: Do you have any question for us?

What does this question mean?

Did you manage to understand something about the company?

How to answer: You should not say "I have no questions, we have discussed everything." At this point you still need to make a good impression to the interviewer, and you can use all the information that you received during the interview to formulate questions related to the work, or the company. For example: 'What are the priorities of my role?', 'How will my job be monitored?', Or ‘I read that you have launched a new project ... what is the strategy for further development?' At the end of the interview you can put some interest about the selection process by formulating questions like 'When will you decide?' Or “what are your further steps?' In order to avoid any uncertainty you can ask: 'Do you have any uncertainty, should I add something about what has been said so far?