May 20th, 2021

14 Tips on How to Ace an Interview – Ajilon

Most people make two devastating mistakes when being interviewed: failing to listen to the question and attempting to answer questions with virtually no preparation. Practicing for your interview is a key component in the application process and can make or break your chances for getting the job you want. We have some job interview tips to help you nail it.

Below you will find fourteen of the most frequently asked interview questions, regardless of job classification. Study these example Q&A’s carefully and develop a strong response for each one; make sure to tailor your answers to your own work history as well as the position to which you’re applying.

1) Why do you want to work here?

Because you have done your homework on the company, you know the answer to why do you want to work here. Just organize your reasons into several short hard-hitting sentences. Ex: “You make the best product on the market today. Your management is far-sighted enough to reinvest the company’s profits so that you will soon be the leader in this category.”

2) Why do you want to leave your current job?

One of the first questions interviewers ask is why do you want to change your current job. Be sure you are ready for it! If you are currently in a dead-end position, locked out of advancement opportunities, explain this. The interviewer will understand. If your job has become routine, and void of learning experiences, say so. If you feel your present employer is losing ground to competition through no fault of yours, the interviewer will also accept that. Choose your words carefully; instead of saying that you hate your boss, try phrasing it as “unfortunately, the culture of our department has changed”.

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3) What is your dream job?

Here the interviewer wants to learn whether or not this role is truly on target with your ultimate career goals. While you could get a laugh with a funny response (famous actor, international royalty), the employer is really looking to learn more what are your career goals and long-term ambitions—and why this opportunity will help you on your way to them.

4) Why are you applying for this position?

Give a truthful but brief answer showing the interviewer your profound knowledge of the company and what motivated you to apply for this position.

5) What is your greatest strength? (Have at least 3 strengths to share)

Isolate high points from your background and build in a couple of the key value profiles from different categories. You will want to demonstrate pride, reliability and the ability to stick with a difficult task yet change course rapidly when required. . You can rearrange the previous answer here. If you are wondering what is your greatest strength answer should sound like, then here is the example: “I believe in planning and proper management of my time but I can still work under pressure.”

6) What are you passionate about?

You must demonstrate good use of your time. You believe in planning your day beforehand and that when it is over, you review your own performance to make sure you are reaching the desired goals. This shows how committed are you to your job. No one wants an employee who’s not committed to a job, so you should sell you energy level.

7) What can you contribute to the company?

Have your hero stories ready and be willing to prove that you have made positive contributions in one or more of these basic areas. Keep your explanations short and try to include specific amounts.

8) Do you know how to manage a team?

Similar to the “hired/fired” question, the interviewer is trying to determine the depth of your experience. Do not exaggerate!

9) what does success mean to you?

It is best to keep this answer very general, tell the interviewer what do you need to be successful. Offer a short list of positive character traits that describe YOU. Ex “I like to work hard.” “I get along with all kinds of people and I know how to listen.” or “I pay close attention to details; I know how to watch costs and keep difficult customers smiling.”

10) Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This is one of the most common behavioural questions and to answer this question, make sure you know exactly what can or cannot be accomplished by the ideal candidate in your shoes. Too many job-hunters butcher this question because they have not done their homework and have no idea where their career will lead them. If you see yourself at another company or in another department of the company you are interviewing with, then tread lightly.

11) What make you stay in the company?

A reasonable response would be, “As long as I continue to learn and grow in my field.”

12) Tell me about your Work Experience?

Summarize four or five key areas of experience you know you can bring to your new job. Demonstrate how each one will help the interviewer’s company solve their problems. For example, “My experience in new product introductions will be very helpful to your entire marketing effort” or “My industrial design background will strengthen yours sales-force capability in dealing with large clients.”

13) What are your educational qualifications?

Deliver a short, fact-filled summary of your two or three most important qualifications/strengths. “I have a background in accounting. I’ve demonstrated proven selling skills. I’m capable of handling several projects simultaneously.”

14) Why should I hire you?

The interviewer does not want a lengthy regurgitation of your resume. They do not want a barrage of facts and figures. They are interested in testing your poise and confidence. The easiest way to of how to answer why should I hire you is to talk about your skills, passion and how this job will help achieve your professional goals.

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