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Questions at the job interview

Many of the questions you are asked at most of the job interviews are the standard

interview questions. Think through them and prepare the answers ahead of

time. However,  they should not be formulated according to some 'template' but they

should reveal more about positive qualities of your nature as well as about your interest

in working for the given company.


Here are the most common questions:

  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • What do you know about us?
  • Why our company?
  • Why are you interested in this job position?
  • What do you want to achieve within this job position?


You will also be asked about your motivation, experience and accomplishments:


Think of an appropriate example, accomplishment or a situation and describe your concrete behaviour and reactions in your answers. Avoid giving general answers that hide rather than reveal the facts. Do not ever lie. Be ready to get the following questions:

-      Why are you leaving your current job?

-      What kind of project did you work on lately?

-      Did you bring anything new and creative to the company?

-      What do you consider your greatest accomplishment in your last employment?

-      How would you understand it if we did not hire you?

-      What are your strengths?

-      How did you use them in your previous employment?

-      Describe us in what you would like to develop further and why?

-      What motivates you at work?

-      What makes you different from others?

-      Where do you see yourself in one, three, five or ten years?

-      Do you prefer to work in a team or on your own? Why?

-      How do you deal with conflicts? Describe a concrete situation in which you tackled the conflict.

-      What are your interests and leisure time activities?


Sensitive questions

Pay attention to ethical rules, questions and topics of personal characteristics such as privacy, religion, marital status or sexual orientation. A recruiter cannot ask them. However, if the interviewer brings them up, try to reply tactfully, for example, by saying: 'I would like to avoid answering this question if it is possible,' or 'can my answer influence the result of the interview?'. You can even say: 'I would like to focus on my personal qualities and skills required for this position.'