Sample Interview Questions And Answers
What can you do for us that someone else can’t?
You generally shouldn’t be seen as show-off at your interview but this one question where you really need to blow your own trumpet, in fact it’s expected. Tell them how you are able to achieve targets and focus on specific achievements in your career. These should already be on your resume. Highlight your skills and capabilities and give examples of where you have used them to get things done. Other sought after traits are the ability to be able to analyse and prioritise. Tell them how they would benefit from your expertise and energy.
Why did you leave your last job or why do you want to leave your current job?
Keep this answer relatively short and to the point. Be careful not to say anything that will reflect badly on you. If you were only one of many people made redundant at your last company the explain this. If not then always explain that any move was your own decision. Never ever talk about personality conflicts or be detrimental to your previous employer.
If you were dismissed from your previous job then you could say something along the lines of ‘Although we had no problems working together we had very different views of how the job should be done’. You will need to have a detailed explanation of a situation to satisfy a probing interviewer. Do not lie or make up stories. Remember that your last employer will be asked for references.
From your resume/CV you seem be over-qualified/too experienced for this position?
This is very current with the global economic issues and major job losses. Many people would be happy to take on job’s that would seem to be a ‘step down’ from their previous one.
For this interview answer the best way forward is talk about your long term career expectations. Explain that you expect that the new company rewards high performing employees with promotion and other job opportunities and you see that as a plus. Say that companies need people who can operate with very little management overhead and how the return on their investment will pay off much more quickly than with a less experienced candidate.
Prepare your job interview answers and practice the presentation. Always complete your interview answers with real life examples. Knowing what have done and how you have done it is far more powerful for an interviewer than explaining what you would do or could.