Questions in an interview about communication and teamwork
Today, most companies require their employees to work permanently or occasionally alongside a team of people. Interviewers know that not all candidates are willing to work as a team or do not have the skills to bring something positive and meaningful to a team, so they ask the following typical questions in a job interview:
Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?
What is the best and worst thing about teamwork?
What can you bring to a team?
You have to be honest with your answers, because if you pretend to love working together with other people to achieve a common goal, you may end up getting the job, but you end up in a work environment that doesn’t satisfy you. Your communication and personal skills will be critical in this regard. If you are a person who knows how to treat your colleagues with respect, professionalism and a certain sense of humour, and you can demonstrate this during the interview, you will have taken a great step forward. Also, try to emphasize your empathy, confidence and ability to listen when working as a team. If for any reason you don’t like to work as a team, say so clearly so that there are no misunderstandings in the future.
Questions in an interview about the company
It is essential that you know as well as possible the company you want to work for. You can ask other co-workers or simply search the place where you can find everything today: the Internet. Search for information on how many years the company has been working, what type of clientele it has, whether it is a local, national or international company, what services or products it offers, whether it works digitally and/or physically, whether it can work remotely, whether it is a franchise, etc. This way you will be able to respond effectively to questions such as the following:
What do you know about…?
How did you know about this job offer?
Why do you want to work at…?
Questions in an interview about leadership, management and motivation
Companies are interested in determined people who know what they want in life. Focus on what you can contribute and receive from the company without financial compensation. Ongoing training, the distribution of working hours or daily subsistence allowances are some of the aspects that you can deal with in this type of question:
Why should I hire you?
Why are you the best candidate for this position?
What are your goals for the next 1/2/3 years?
What’s your dream job?
tips for a successful job interview
In addition to responding appropriately to frequently asked questions in a job interview, you should also consider the following:
Dress appropriately for the interview according to the type of work. For example, you don’t need to dress the same if the interview is for a law firm job as if the job is related to the hotel business. Use common sense and dress casually or formally as the situation demands.
Watch your body language.
Many times our body says more than we are able to communicate with words. Even if you say what the interviewer wants to hear, if your body says otherwise, it will create some uncertainty that will cast doubt on whether what you say is true or not.
If you think a question is too personal (for example, if you want to have children, if you are a religious person, or if you voted for a political party during the last election), answer it formally by showing your discomfort with such questions that are not directly related to work.
Although it may not seem so, these types of interviews can be more complicated due to the lack of a very important element: body language. Therefore, you must use a friendly tone of voice and give precise and convincing answers.
Questions to the interviewer.
If at the end of the interview, the interviewer offers you the opportunity to ask questions, take advantage of the opportunity to resolve any questions before taking the job. Remember that the questions must be directly related to the job, so avoid banal questions that can generate disbelief in the interviewer.