What do you think about when you are headed for an interview? Are you calm and poised or nervous and biting hard at your nails? Well, maybe what you need to do is prepare for the grill by anticipating frequently asked interviewer questions. Let’s try and find out the significance of some of these queries.
"If you continued to stay with your current employer, how would you progress?"
This one drives at getting the overall picture, a definite eye-opener for the guy opposite the interviewer’s desk. What do you expect of the new opportunity? Is it in keeping with the position you're hoping to fill? Why do you want to move on??? The real reason…
"So what makes you stand out?"
A provocative one, maybe. Most people feel odd while talking about themselves. Don’t let that happen to you, but at the same time don’t pile on the superlatives. Take on the question as objectively as you can. You need to reflect a good amount of self-esteem and some courage. On the other hand an apathetic, unenthusiastic approach, could suggest a lack of guts. This could be a setback especially if you are in the aggressive, challenging field of sales. KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET.
"Highlight your greatest accomplishment."
Remember, it’s not just the deed but the description of the deed that is important. Be comprehensive and don’t spare the details. This one maybe tougher than you think, because you’re talking about yourself. Make it crisp and interesting. And say your piece with conviction.
"Have you ever made the effort to narrate a colleague’s achievement to others?"
Okay, he/she might be trying to gauge how selfless you are and how readily you’ll put others ahead of yourself. But it could also reflect whether your potential employee is a strong motivator.
"How many hours a week do you need to work to get your job done?"
Are you religious about a nine to five routine? Can you work long hours? And when you do, are you doing extra work or is this, a result of inefficiency? This query might serve to evaluate your work ethic. Do you fit in with this work culture?