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General and Common Interview Questions

In this article you'll read about common and general interview questions for helping you to prepare the best answers.
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Proper preparation for a job interview often makes the difference between candidates who are allowed to move on to the next round and candidates who unfortunately can't convince. Although it's impossible to predict all interview questions, this list nevertheless offers a nice overview of frequently occurring - as well as obvious - questions during job interviews.

What do you know about the vacancy for which you are applying?

The interviewer does not only want to check whether you have prepared well (as a sign of interest). He / she also wants to check whether you have understood the content of the position for which you are applying. The interviewer will thereby pay extra attention to the accents that you yourself place in your description of the position. After all, these accents can be an additional indication of the job aspects that you are most interested in. Or in other words: this question can give the interviewer an additional and indirect indication of your basic expectations or basic motivation for the position.

What do you know about our company?

With this question the interviewer mainly wants to check whether you have been well informed and prepared for the interview.

Introduce yourself

Some interviewers use this question as a starting question. It's a very open question that you as a candidate can go in many directions. It's also about the personal click that the interviewer wants to make with you. Most interviewers are therefore primarily interested in your personal situation (your hobbies, interests, your family situation, etc.) in this phase, rather than a chronological summary of your resume.

Specify your strengths and weaknesses

The interviewer wants to check whether you have a good view of your own personality and how you behave in certain situations. At the same time, he / she will check whether your personality and behavioral style matches the relevant position and the company.

As a candidate, you can try to enumerate personality elements that match the position, but a good interviewer will always continue to ask for concrete examples: anyone can say that he has perseverance, but which elements from your past indicate perseverance? Candidates who try to present themselves differently are often ignored.

Many candidates have a harder time with this question for various reasons: the answer to this question isn't well prepared, little self-knowledge, doesn't like answering a too personal question, ...

Why did you leave your previous employer?

The interviewer will look for specific reasons why you stopped at a previous employer. Your reasons again give an indication of your current expectations. This can be job content (eg I left my previous employer because the job content was too commercial = I would rather not do a commercial job) or your expectations towards a new employer (eg I had no opportunities to grow =) I am ambitious). Other elements that can be measured as a result: your honesty and openness, patience, loyalty, ambition, understanding with your previous employer, ... Honesty usually wins here. Many employers will request reference checks from your former employers in a final phase.

Which achievements are you most proud of?

The interviewer does not just want a summary of the job content that you have performed in a previous position, but wants to know what you have actually done or contributed to the organization. This doesn't always have to be performance at management level, but this can also concern, for example, maintaining a dissatisfied customer or improving an internal administrative procedure.

Why are you interested in this vacancy?

The interviewer clearly asks about your core motivation for the position. This is all about persuasion, but the interviewer wants to hear if you can frame your motivation. Why am I just interested in this vacancy and not in another vacancy?

What is your salary expectation?

The interviewer checks whether your expectation corresponds to the proposed wage budget for the position.

What other applications do you have?

The interviewer actually wants to know if you are applying for similar positions or not. The interviewer will also check your motivation for the other applications that you have. Is your motivation for these other functions the same as the motivation you have for this function? On the other hand, he / she naturally also wants to know what chance he has of successfully completing the application process.

Do you have any additional questions?

The interviewer just wants to be sure that there are no more ambiguities and wants to end the conversation. Additional questions from your side may be a sign of your interest or preparation.

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