Isn’t it a known fact that you are at your very best when you go for interviews. Of course, it is! Your clothes well ironed, your words carefully selected, you are even (courteous) than you are normally(most likely). Your interviewer is aware you are actively trying to impress. However, he has a crucial assignment:to discover which candidates suit the positions best.
What is Expected?
Soft skills;the non-technical, or social skills needed to function in a workplace, are tested through open-ended questions which allows the candidate express himself or herself. The answers to these questions are not Yes or No. This is intentional!
Communication skills, Work ethics, Time management, Teamwork,Critical thinking, Leadership skills, Problem-solving,Conflict resolution…these skills can only be tested through real life situation. Hence, informative details of situations where they have been practicalised are what your interviewer seek to hear.
Here are sample interview questions, and the interpretations needed for nailing the right answers.
1. Can you discuss a time when you had to manage your team through a difficult situation?
Your leadership skills and style is what is being examined. Explain a scenario where you had to take full ownership of a team and communicate why your judgment makes you a qualified candidate for the position.
2. How do you prioritize your tasks when you have multiple deadlines to meet?
Hiring managers often want to know how you prioritize tasks to get an idea of your organization skills. Mention tools you’ve used to organize your tasks and how those tools helped you to be effective.
3. What is the most significant problem you solved in the workplace?
There are situations that arise in the workplace that requires problem solving skills. Your Interviewers intend to see if you have the ability to solve problems. Discuss a problem that you directly helped to solve and that had a positive outcome.
4. How do you explain new topics to coworkers unfamiliar with them?
Employers ask questions associated with your communication skills to conclude how well you interact with coworkers. Give a situation where you introduced subject and describe how you’d use your communication skills going forward.
5. Describe a situation where results went against expectations. How did you adapt to this change?
The interviewer may ask questions about your adaptability skills to understand how much change affects your approach to work. Note a time when you adapted to change, and highlight the effect it had on your previous employer.
6. What are your actions if employees disagree with your decision?
Working well with employees who disagree with you is a sign of your collaboration skills. Tell the interviewer about a time when you disagreed with a coworker about a decision and how you settled the conflict.
7. Name three of your most important considerations when working for an employer.
Listing what is the most important to you in a job underscores your core values. Make sure your list matches the company’s core values.
8. Highlight a situation where you had to make a decision without managerial supervision.
How did you approach this situation, and who else did you speak with?
Being able to make good decisions without supervision is a sign of your growth and overall ability. Provide details about the results of your decision and how this decision impacted the company.
9. When have you performed a task without preexisting experience?
Are you creative? Are you diligent? Can you dare to take responsibilities not in your job description if the need arises? That’s what is being checked here. Check if you included the experience outside your employer’s main duties on your resume. You might incorporate it into your response if it relates to your prospective employer.
10. Explain your largest failure at work. How did you learn from this experience?
Resiliency in the workplace is highly valuable.Use an example that highlights your ability to learn on the job and bounce back with more success after a setback.
Having done all, hope for the best!