Job Hunt: Common Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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Finding a job that you would love is a dream come true. With it also comes the steps in getting it. There is an initial application process, exams, and the interview process. Some people are scared of job interviews because they think they won’t be able to give the right answers. Don’t let that be the case. 

"Describe yourself." 
This question is common. When applying in a manning agency in Makati, for instance, it’s possible that this is the first question the interviewer will ask you. They want to get a quick grasp of who you are in simple words. As much as possible, answer the question firmly, but don’t give out too many. Tell your other experiences in your life. You can also talk about where you’re from, where you graduated, and other sources of motivation. 

"Why should the company hire you?" 
This is a tough question that you should answer with all honesty. State the reasons you are the best person to do the job. Tell the interviewer all the qualifications you have for the position. Be confident in declaring why of all the applicants, you should be the one who they will choose. Give as many sets of qualifications you have that match the job opening. Do it in a way that will impress the interview but you won’t come across as arrogant. 

"Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses." 
You can answer this by stating scenarios where you used your skills to get a job done. It’s important to tell your interviewer how the skills you have became pivotal in accomplishing certain tasks at the office. State the ones that got you commendations for a job well done. On the other hand, you can share your weaknesses by also stating scenarios where you had to overcome something at work. Tell how you were able to manage a hard task. For example, you can say that you lack time management skills, but after getting that "dream job," you learned to prioritize work first and meet deadlines before anything else.  

"Why you want to find another job." 
Be clear when answering this. Also, be as honest as possible even if you’re leaving because of not-so-good circumstances. If you just want to take your career to the next level, tell them frankly. Tell them that you’re ready to take on a managerial position but your company already has amazing managers and that they don’t plan to leave the company. 

"Why do you want to work for our company?" 
Like all the other questions, this one also needs your honest answers. This is when you can tell your interviewer how much you know about the company. Tell him what you like best about the company. State all the things you can do for the company and how the company, in turn, can help you grow your career. 

"Tell me what your salary expectations are." 
While it’s rude to ask about the salary right away, answering this question is not. You don’t want to short change yourself and you don’t want to overprice either. Just stay in the middle and tell the salary you think is appropriate for your work experience. 

Answer the interview questions as best as you can. Be updated with the skills you need within your field as well as skills that might come in handy to tell during your interview. You might be nervous but don’t let your nervousness affect the interview. Have faith and believe in yourself that you can ace it.

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