What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Money is always important, but the work is the most important. There is no better answer.
1. Money and work both are like siblings. But I believe when you work hard; money will flow to you. So work is more important than money. Only hard work can help you put another feather in your success cap.
2. I believe they are equally important to our well-being. Certainly both. Even though Work is Worship money makes livelihood. Work follows money and money follows work. So, without existence of one another we can’t be achievable. However I can adjust for money up to some extent if the work is really challenging and doing which gives me job satisfaction.
What are your career goals?
1. The reasons of this question:
This question will test your ability and ambition to develop yourself as well as the ability to plan for the future.
2. Levels of career goals:
• You are not sure about your goals, then answer: I’m rather busy with my duties and goals of the Company; as a result, I haven’t focused much on my long-term personal goals.
• You have goals not or very little relating to the current job: For example, you are applying for a sales manager, but your career goal is to become the head of marketing department in the next 5 years.
• Current job oriented career goals: For example, you are working as a sales manager, you goal is to become the area sales manager in the next 2 years and in the next 5 years, you will be the regional sales manager.
Note that long-term goals must be set for the next 3-5 years.
a) When you have identified your goals, you need to answer the following questions:
• Are those goals suitable to the job you are currently applying for?
• Are those goals helpful to your current job?
• Are those goals helpful to the development of your current job in the next 3-5 years?
b) How to achieve those goals?
• Identify what you have to do to achieve your goals?
• In the next 6 months, 1 year, 2 years, what will you do?
Tell me about yourself
Step 1: Give a brief introduction about yourself:
For example: My name is Peter. I graduated from XYZ University with bachelor degree in Sales. After 5 years working as a Sales Manager, I have well experienced in training, mentoring and motivating other sales personnel to achieve the goals of the Company.
Step 2: Give a brief summary of your experience in your latest positions:
Give a summary of 2-3 latest companies that you have worked for and companies that have helped you succeed with your new jobs.
For example: recently, I have worked for ABC Company as Sales Manager for North-East Region. With my skills from training courses, I developed many sales campaigns which contributed much to the development of new customers and maintenance of current customer base. After 6 months, my sales force and I did regain the company’s market and promote the sales revenue up by 37%.
Step 3: Connect your ability to the employer’s requirements:
Never assume that the employer will by himself be able to connect all of your abilities to the job requirements.
Step 4: Make a concerning question:
With a concerning question, it will help you gain “control” of the interview. You may reduce the stress of the interview with such questions.
Tell me about a time when you failed?
It is certainly that anyone fails sometime, especially at work. For example, fail to comply with the regulations, fail to meet the deadline, fail to persuade others, fail to meet the goals….What matters more is what you learn from such failure, and the interviewer is planning to investigate that.
There are various reasons to failure: objective or subjective, a fraud, a wrong action, an omission or a lack of capacity…you don’t need to be too cautious about these, as if you learn from your failure, then there is nothing to worry about.
In answering this question, first, state a situation when you fail to do something (It is better if the reason is not your subjective intention). Then state how you realized that and dealt with that. And finally, how you learn from that.
What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
Answer tips/answer samples:
After all, the benefits of you are the amount of value you may contribute to the organization. The interviewer decides you are the best candidate just because you are potential to make the most contribution to their organization. So, this question falls among those of the most importance. By asking this question, the interviewer is questioning about your skills and abilities that may help their organization, your special talent that differentiate you from other candidates.
To answer this question successfully, first you have to sum up the key requirements of the current job. Then come how your past experience is useful to the job; How your skills are related and qualified to resolve all the issues in connection with the job; how your knowledge and personality are suitable for the job. Put them in logical order, support them with your confident tone and structure them soundly to show that you are very firm about what you can do for them.
If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Be careful to mention traits that are needed and that you have.
That can be: Qualification, attitude, team spirit, sincerity, and spirit.
Answer sample: I would look for good communication skill and for great dedication towards job and responsibility to work in under pressure also.
• Determine trends that is happening in your industry and how to face/solve them.
• Attributes/traits/abilities related to this job and how to get them.
• Review job specs, job description in job ads for this position and try to think how to prove your capabilities.
• Research the employer profile thoroughly, the aims of their recruitment and what are your task/roles.