FUNDAMENTAL JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

Basic Job interview questions                  

Attending an interview for an employment you really want can be a nerve breaking experience specifically if you are ill-prepared. The idea of just answering interview questions is one thing and answering those questions correctly, is another. Fortunately, HR forum has designed a set of 10 likely interview questions and their appropriate responses. They are as follows:  

10 basic job interview questions and their responses.

1. What can you tell us about yourself?

  • Keep your answer short between one to two minutes; don't wander.
  • Do not make reference to childhood experiences; just give brief information of where you are from and where you intend to go.
  • Use your curriculum vitae summary as a starting base.
  • Make positive comments only. 

2. What idea do you have about our organisation?

  • Prove that you have done your background checks. Know what products or services they offer, how large the organisation is, what their yearly revenue is, what reputation it has within the industry and on the street. Have knowledge about the company's history, image, goal, and values.
  • Portray an informed interest which paves way for the interviewer to throw more light on various aspects of the company.

3. Why the interest in working for us?

  • Never mention what you want; begin talking about their needs and what you can offer them.
  • You desire to be part of their company: identify its strengths.
  • You look forward to the challenge of solving their company problems.
  • You can make a great contribution to specific organisational goals and objectives.

4. What would you offer us? What can you offer us that someone else can't?

  • Mention successful past experiences where you have helped an employer solve a problem and link this to the job being offered.
  • Remain positive and never be seen to rebuke other candidates. 

5. Which areas of our position do you find the most attractive? Least attractive?

  • Point out three or more attractive factors and only one minor unattractive factor. Areas to pick up on could include; office location, company reputation, the opportunity to work with admired and respected colleagues, training opportunities, just to mention a few.

6. Why hire you / Why should management hire you?

  • Due to the knowledge, experience, abilities, and technical know-how you possess. Be very positive and poised in your reply, not ambiguous.

7. What do you seek in a job? / What do you look for in a job?

  • A chance to use my skills, to perform and to be recognized.
  • The chance to nurture further skills; all through life we should be constantly learning.
  • Link your answer to the job for which you are applying e.g. "I love a challenge and I am certain this role would offer me that." 

8. What is your explanation of a ...? (the position for which you are being interviewed).

  • Keep it short; actions and results oriented.

9. How long would it take for you to make a meaningful contribution to our firm?

  • Very quickly after a little orientation and a brief period of adjustment.

 10. How long would you stay with us?

  • As long as we both feel I'm contributing, achieving and growing.

I believe this article has been helpful and will go a long way to shape your approach to the above interview questions. Your comments and views are welcome in the comment section below. And for further consultation or questions, please email to hrforumonline@gmail.com. 




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