The job industry in Pakistan is extremely competitive. There is very little chance to get hired if you make even the simplest of mistakes in an interview. This little guide will help you answer the most common and annoying questions asked by interviewers.
These answers are backed by successful job hunters so you should really put them at work.
Also make sure that you adjust the answers according to your personality, experience, education, job position and company.
- 1. Why should we hire you?
- 2. Reason behind leaving your last job?
- 3. Why have you been unemployed for such a long time?
- 4. Tell me your ability to work under pressure?
- 5. What are your expectations from this job?
- 6. Describe your management style?
- 7. Are you a team player?
- 8. What irritates you about colleagues?
- 9. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
- 10. How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- 11. Do you consider yourself successful?
- 12. What is your weakness?
- 13. What is your strength?
- 14. What position do you prefer in a team working on a project?
- 15. Do you have any questions for us?
1. Why should we hire you?
Come with examples of what you can mean for the company. For example:
You will be getting a smart guy/woman who has been proactive in keeping abreast in his field. I always have the good of the company as my goal, I am a decision taker and definitely not a typical follow the 9-5 schedule person. In my previous position I was able to streamline the business processes which led to a cost reduction of 30% for some of them as well as a reduced process time.
2. Reason behind leaving your last job?
Just be honest say something like “Well I could have stayed there, but I am ambitious, I want to better myself and get ahead. Based on the job description I felt like we were a good match
3. Why have you been unemployed for such a long time?
Depending on the reason for your unemployment say something like:
“I could have stayed where I was and that was comfortable, but I wanted more. So I took a risk and took a leap and quit, knowing that the job market is hard. But I haven’t really been out of a job. I did freelance work and also did various courses that I think enhanced my value”
4. Tell me your ability to work under pressure?
Say something like:
That doesn’t really bother me, I just focus on the tasks that need to be done and do them within the time frame that is set for them
5. What are your expectations from this job?
The ideal answer should be:
My first experience and expectation is continuous learning. So I would like to learn the best from the organisation i will be joining . Rest are perks, salary etc.
6. Describe your management style?
Say something like:
I don’t have a specific style because I manage people on an as needed basis. As a manager what I need is insight in someone’s skills and abilities. The more I feel I can rely on someone, the more I let him/her handle the work. But with people that need more steering, or handholding, I check and monitor more and make sure they go in the right direction. But first and foremost as a manager it is my task that everyone has the right tools to do the task at hand
7. Are you a team player?
Tell them the following experience. It doesn’t matter if this is your first interview. Tell them that yes you were in your college or previous job with the following lines added:
My aim in a team is to learn about each link in it and see how everyone is performing. The challenge is to detect the weak link and offer support and then keep schedules without sacrificing quality .
8. What irritates you about colleagues?
Generally not much, with the skills that your HR has i am sure they hired people who all have a role in the team” Personal irritations are no issue as we all go for the good of the company.
9. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Be honest. Just say “No one can look in the future but as far as I can judge this position it will keep me interested for a long time and I see some enough chances for growth within the company. I am not a job hopper, I like to stay somewhere where I can give a contribution and see the result of my work. If I would say leave after 2 years that would be personally dissatisfying
10. How do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Say something like: “I like to grow and better myself, so in 5 years I think I am in a position that I have learned a lot, have become a very valuable asset to the company and can look back on a successful track record
11. Do you consider yourself successful?
Yes, i am living happily everyday, that is the true measure of success. This is my answer whenever i encounter this question.That maybe is the reason why my former employer here in Saudi pirated me back even i exited from his company 5 years ago.
12. What is your weakness?
Be honest about a weakness you have and immediately add what you have done about it and turn it around in your favor:
“I know I am bad at filing, but I have learned that filing things immediately works best for me. I still don’t like it, but I have become meticulous about it”
13. What is your strength?
Tell them that you are a very focused person with the following answers depending on your position:
I don’t think in problems but in solutions.
To not tire till the project at hand is in the coffers .
14. What position do you prefer in a team working on a project?
Say something like: “every body in a team has a role, my strength in teams is that i bring people together and keep the team focussed and on track. If necessary I know I can take other roles in a team, but what I just described I know I am very good at”
15. Do you have any questions for us?
You can turn around this to your favor by counter questioning the interviewer.
At this moment are there any issues that would consider you NOT to hire me?
It is a very original question and gives you the opportunity to clear any doubts they may have