Job Interview? What questions to expect
we've learned a lot from all the job interviews our candidates and also members of our team went through. There are questions which are asked more often than others. When searching for a job in Yangon
or anywhere else for that matter, it is important to be ready for these questions and answer them correctly.Today we want to give you our top 6 interview questions and how you can answer them correctly.
1. Tell me about yourself?
Now, this is probably one of the oldest interview questions ever. But we guarantee you, it's going to come up on every interview you go on through your career. Plus it's not just for job interview either. We've been asked this question on networking meetings, lunches and coffee breaks. Obviously, how you answer this question depends on the context in which it is asked. We will cover this from job interview point of view and don’t just think that you know how to answer it, because this question can negatively affect whether you get the job or not. Even professional who been interviewing for jobs for 20 years sometimes fumble.Here are some tips what we want you to do when answering this question. Keep your answer brief and related to your career and to your position. Keep your answer on the topic and related to your career related to your journey. You can tell your interviewer how you get started in your profession, where you go to school, you can tell them what get you excited about your profession in the first place. After, you can gloss over a few jobs and tell them what you've liked about your career and where you see yourself and your career heading. Mention a few things that you've learned along the way and how those things have strengthened you and made you more confident in your profession.It is very important to find out what they are looking for in the ideal candidate for this position. This could be experience, leadership strength, management quality, technical abilities. You want to find out what is important to them and weed those things into the fabric of your answer. That way, you will sound like the exact person they are looking for.Don't give them your life story because there is no interest to them. Doing so will derail you interview faster then you can say "next candidate". You can practice your answer to this question at home before the camera. Try to keep your answer short between 30 - 45 seconds and practice your answer until you are able to answer it flawlessly.
2. Why should we hire you?
This question is your best opportunity to prove why are you best candidate for the position. Key to this question is to discover what they are looking for and why are you the best person for the job. Since you will be competing against many other professionals you need to clearly articulate why you the best person for the job.Let them know what you did in your last job and how is it related to what you can do for them in this job. Connect the dots for them, and show them why are you the best person for their company.You want to do some extensive research to know what the company is looking for and the best place to find this information from is a job description. Employers leave all kinds of clues there. Prove that you can help the company solve their problem is the best way to answer this question.So here are some things that you need to do.
Prove that you are the solution to their problems.
Prove that you understand their problems.
Talk about your understanding of their business and competitors.
Tell them how you've been successful before. Explain how, in your previous job, you were facing similar problems and how you solved them.
Tell them how would you solve their problems.
When you connect all the dots and demonstrate them your understanding of their business and their problems, they will see you as a potential solution to their problems.
3. What are your greatest strengths?
This question is usually asked in the broad sense. So ask yourself what are you best at doing? Are you a good leader? Are you a good manager of your time or are you a great communicator? Or maybe good planner. Whatever are you best off doing, give the interviewer 2 to 3 thing you excel at.When answering this question do these things.
Research the job description to find out what they are looking for. Then leverage your strength to match.If leadership is something they looking for, then talk about your experience as a leader and projects that you've led. You always want your strengths to be well lined with the requirements of the position you applying for.Great way to go about this is to start talking about your strengths as a solution to their problems. Don't rattle out your list of strengths that are out of context for the job. And don't mention your personal strengths for example that you are a good parent. Try not to list strengths that you are not able to articulate through experience. Be confident and don't tell them that you are not sure.This is a great opportunity to sell yourself!!
4. What is your biggest weakness?
Most people are afraid of this question because it asks you, to tell them something you not good at doing. But if you are like anyone else you have a lot of weaknesses. But trust us. Everybody has them.But don't worry - There are two good ways how to answer this question.
1. Talk about the weakness and what have you done to overcome it.
2. Talk about the weakness that isn't related to the job - a personal weakness
You can talk about the weakness but the interviewer will see it as a strength. Don't say that you don't have any weaknesses. Don't tell them your real weakness because chances are that you are overly critical of yourself. We all are. Don't say that your weakness is lack of tolerance for people who ask silly questions.But if you don't have absolutely any idea of what to say, you can say something like " I can get easily frustrated with people who miss their deadlines. Especially when my work depending on them completing theirs".
5. Why do you want to work here?
Now, this is a genuine question. They only want to know what do you like about their company, products or services. What is your driving reason for wanting to work for them? Have you always had a lifelong goal of working at Google, Goldman Sachs? This is your chance, to express why want to be a member of their team and most importantly the contributions you think you'll make as an employee.This question helps weed out desperate job seekers who just looking for a job and no a lifelong career.So do this, when answering this question. Tell them what do you like about their business. Is it their product, reputation? Whatever it is, express your interest in it. This is a perfect opportunity to compliment them on their product or reputation. And you want to dig deep. Don't say that you like their location or that you heard that they pay well and have great benefits. Don't tell them because you've heard that it is a great place to work.Our advice - try to connect your reason for wanting to work there with something personal or emotional. Maybe when you were the kid you saved a little kitten from harm and you felt really good about it and since then, you knew that you always want to help animals. That is why you wanna be a vet today.
6. Why di you leave your last job?
Now, unless you still working you are going to get asked this question. Even if you work they still going to ask you why you want to leave. But more often than not, if you not working, chances are that you were laid off, terminated or just quit. So you just have to let them know the reasoning behind why you not working at your most recent job. Now if you left because of your free will, explain why you left and what your plans were. If you were fired because of performance reasons then a simple explanation is all that is needed. But make sure that your lack of performance reason will not affect requirements for this new job. So if you were laid off, then just tell them that many of you were laid off due to the slowing sales and a slow economy.
But warm that that up little bit and put it in your own words so it makes sense and sound natural. If you left on your free will then tell them why you have left and reflect positively on your former employer and tell them that it was a hard decision to make, but you've felt it was the right decision for you at the time.Now if you were fired tell them what happened and accept the responsibility for it. Be as brief as possible to explain why. It is not a good idea to badmouth your past company, boss or coworker. Don't say that pay was bad and you wanted more money, don't say that hours were terrible or that you couldn't get along with your past manager. And definitely, don't lie if you were terminated.Our advise to you when answering this question?Remember, you are not there to defend why you were fired. You are there to talk about what you can do for them. So it very important to keep your answer brief when answering this question. If they want to know more they will ask you but don't volunteer too much information because it will make them more cautious about you.More then anything, if you were fired, accept responsibility for what happened because that shows courage, and then explain that they were right and you were wrong but you have learned from this experience and you are a better person because of it.