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The 14 most frequently asked questions in job interviews

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Would you like to know what they will ask you in your next interview? Reading in people’s minds is not feasible, but we want to give you a list of the main questions that are asked during job interviews.

We invite you to reflect on every single question and to try to understand what kind of person is looking for the company for which you are applying, in such a way as to formulate the best possible answer to what is asked of you.

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1# Can you talk to me about myself?

It seems apparently a trivial question but it is not, it is a crucial point: you have to be able to distill a few but significant experiences that you think may be relevant to recruiters to understand that you are the person they are looking for.

2 # How did you learn about the open position?

Even in this case it seems a trivial question, but it is actually an excellent opportunity, giving the right answer, to show your motivation and passion towards that company.

3 # What do you know about our company?

Anyone can read and learn the information on the “About Us” page on the company website. What makes the difference is to make it clear that you understand the company mission and that you share it.

4 # Why do you want this job?

Companies want to hire people who are passionate and highly motivated, so try not to give trivial answers, but to pass on to your recruiter your real interest in the position for which you applied.

5 # Why should we take you right?

To this question you must try to respond in such a way as to convey to your interlocutors the concrete advantages that the company could have by taking on you.

6 # What are its strengths and weaknesses?

Faced with this question, the right thing you can do is say 3 your merits and 3 faults, so the two things will be balanced. Try to avoid answering that you have no faults or saying “I do not know”.

7 # Have you ever found yourself in difficulty at work or with your classmates?

What they want to investigate recruiter with this question is if you’ve had conflicts previously and, above all, how you’ve managed them.

8 # Where do you see it in 5 years?

This question is usually asked to understand the ambitions and career expectations that a candidate has. Show yourself confident and do not give answers like “I do not know”.

9 # Why you are leaving your current job?

This question is good to answer without discrediting your old employer. You could respond by relying on the fact that there were no prospects for professional growth or that you would like to expand your skills and work experience.

10 # What do you look for in your new job?

Giving this answer be specific, listing the characteristics indicated in the job announcement published by the company.

11 # How would your colleagues describe it?

With this question the recruiter wants to discover your previous experience in human relations, with colleagues or with your classmates at the university.

12 # Would you be able to work under stress?

Work environments are increasingly hectic. For this reason, already during the interview, the company wants to know if you can manage tensions and moments of hard work.

13 # What do you do outside of work, in your spare time?

The recruiter ask questions of this kind, personal, to understand what kind of person you are and if you are suitable to integrate into the culture and work environment of the company.

14 # In what kind of work environment would you like to work?

This question is partly related to the previous one. Try to respond in a coherent way with the work environment of the company itself, for example if the recruiters are young people, you could answer by saying that you would like to work in a friendly and youthful environment.

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