The interviewer wants to know how you stand out amongst the other applicants. Therefore, focus on one or two qualities you possess that might be unique, or more difficult to find, in other interviewees. For example, if you are very experienced with a certain skill that the job requires, say so. This is your chance to tell the interviewer why you would be an invaluable employee.
I want this job because it seems tailored to my competencies, which include sales and marketing. As I said earlier, in a previous position I created an annual growth rate of 22% in a flat industry. Additionally, the team I would work with looks terrific.
Compare your goals with the objectives of the company and the position, then reiterate why you would be an asset to the employer. Let the interviewer know what you can do for the company, if you get a job offer.
Even though the question is about why you want to work here, you still need to convince the interviewer that hiring you will benefit the company.
This company is internationally known for its (widgets), and my experience in the (marketing/planning/production/etc.) of (widgets) has me intrigued by the opportunity this position presents.
I measure professional success by the standards of the company for which I work, the feedback I receive from my peers, supervisors and subordinates. Personally, it is to know I'm regarded as a good husband, father and member of society.
The overall theme for each of the answers below is: have you thought about the impact of your decisions at the time you made them - or do you have a reactive response to most situations. Far too often, a person's career appears to have happened by chance. In today's fast-paced, ever changing world of work, employer's want to know if they can count on you to make good decisions, not knee-jerk reactions.
Prepare in advance, and in a word, research, so you can provide relevant and current information about your prospective employer to the interviewer.
The best way to answer questions about your contributions to the company is to give examples of what you have accomplished in the past, and to relate them to what you can achieve in the future.
Describe specific examples of how effective you have been in your other positions, change you have implemented, and goals you have achieved. Talk about the depth and breadth of related experience that you have.
Also, relate your abilities to the employer's goals. You will want to let the interviewer know that you have the skills necessary to do the job they are hiring for, the ability effectively meet challenges, and the flexibility and diplomacy to work well with other employees and with management.
A typical interview question to discover what assets you have that are specific to the company's goals is "What can you do for this company?"
First of all, be sure to have researched the company prior to the interview, so you are familiar with the company's mission. Respond by giving examples why your education, skills, accomplishments, and experience will make you an asset for the employer.
Take a few moments to compare your goals with objectives of the company and the position, as well as mentioning what you have accomplished in your other jobs. Be positive and reiterate your interest in the company, as well as the job.
The first step in making this impression is to create a list of the preferred qualifications for the ideal candidate for your target job. If a job advertisement is well written and detailed, you might be able to assemble much of your list right from the ad.
When you are asked questions related to the experience that qualifies you for the job, it's important to be very specific about your skills and experience.
The best way to respond is to describe your responsibilities in detail and to connect them to the job you are interviewing for. Tie your responsibilities in with those listed in the job description for the new position.
To prepare an answer to this question, look at the job listing. Make a list of the requirements for the position, including personality traits, skills, and qualifications. Then, make a list of the qualities you have that fit these requirements. For each quality, think of a specific time that you used that trait to achieve something at work.
The best way to answer questions about the challenges you are seeking is to discuss how you would like to be able to effectively utilize your skills and experience if you were hired for the job.
You can also mention that you are motivated by challenges, have the ability to effectively meet challenges, and have the flexibility and skills necessary to handle a challenging job.
You can continue by describing specific examples of challenges you have met and goals you have achieved in the past.
Second interviews are more personal than initial interviews. You will be introduced to other staff members. You will meet and interview with executives. You will be asked about your feelings towards the company and its employees. The focus of the interview will be to see if you are NOT a good fit for the job, because the initial interview showed the company that you have at minimum the skills and experience necessary to succeed.
The best way to prepare to answer questions about how you will perform is to learn as much as you can about the job and the company. The more you know, the easier it will be to relate your skills to the company's needs.
Situation related questions are common in second interviews. Employers want to judge both your decision making skills and your ability to confidently answer these questions. You may be asked to describe how you handled a bad situation or how you shared your opinion. Be honest. Practice answers that will show employers that you have a professional attitude.
Avoid answering any question that reflects negatively on a previous workplace or coworker. If you are asked to describe how you handled disagreement with a supervisor, kindly tell the interviewer you cannot recall a time where you disagreed, and then answer the question in hypothetical form "but if I did come across that situation, I would".
This is a tough question to answer. You want to give a substantive comment, rather than a basic "I can see that you are very dedicated." See if you can bring in knowledge that you learned about the company during your first interview. Also, consider rephrasing the mission statement using specific product examples. For example, if the mission statement is "to develop innovative B2B solutions," then your answer "I can see that you and your staff are dedicated to producing technologically advanced tools such as product X and product Y in order to meet the needs of modern and future businesses. After meeting Person Z and Person Q, I can tell that the entire department is organized to help meet those goals, and it appears to me that this is an environment with a clear path ahead of it."
This is the tricky part. A lot depends on how you describe your skills with respect to the job requirements. You can surely manipulate an answer in such a way that the 'seemingly irrelevant' interest may sound completely appropriate in relation to the job.
I like to baseball or any other game that involves teams and thus, I can surely say I am a team player who is driven by targets. Further, I am pretty aggressive in achieving results, in a team.
The second most important thing is the RELEVANCE of your interests/hobies for the job under consideration. Playing baseball might interest you but it may not hold any relevance to a Research and Development job. The point I am trying to make is, you need to PICK and SHOWCASE only those interests of yours that you thing would fit-in in the job.
This is the foremost thing to do before heading for an interview. Perhaps, all you need to do is to introspect and see what all things really interest you. Is the thing that you do interests you or it's the add-ons that come along, that attract you? It is your interests that provide deep insight into your psyche, to the interviewer.
swami vivakanadha.because his books are inspiring me very much for my self development. he is the role model for youth.
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You are on your own. Most answers will work, except saying that you just remember everything
I have chosen teaching as a profession because it lets helps be getting better command over the subject. Also, in free time, I can read other indepth about the subject, which enriches my knowledge and provides me something to offer to my students beyond the textbook answers.
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and chetan bagat's five point someone.
Explain your experience
Explain if you have taken any management development courses