It’s not just the job search that is a stressful thing, job interviews are far more stressful. Most of the times, the recruiters take as long as a month to collect applications and shortlist candidates before they move on to the next phase, which is to call the shortlisted ones for the interviews.
For many job seekers, it’s more nerve-wracking when they finally get the interview call, especially when they find out that the interview is going to be in English. What are they going to ask? What do I say to really impress them? I’m not that fluent in English! Alright don’t panic! It’s time to calm down. Know that every other person who goes for a job interview is a little bit afraid.
There is some great news when it comes to job interviews. It’s not all doom and gloom. If you are not that fluent in English conversation, you can get your English language skills certified by the British Council by taking the Online Placement Test. Passing this online test would add a badge on your Rozee profile, letting the employer know in advance, that you are good at English.
Besides, most recruiters ask the interviewees the same basic questions. So with a little preparation, you can speak really well at your interview. To help you swiftly move through this stressful phase, I have listed down some questions the interviewers will likely ask, along with appropriate answers to help you nail your interview.
Tell me something about yourself. / Can you please introduce yourself?
This is the first question, the interviewer will most likely ask after greeting and shaking hands with you.
This question may sound too easy for you since you’ve practiced it repeatedly in your English language class. But remember, the interviewer doesn’t want to hear every single detail of your life. Avoid saying things like, I was born in Lahore, I love playing games, I have 3 siblings, etc. Instead, start right from your professional journey.
After having graduated in computer science from the University of Punjab, I started my career back in 2010 as marketing analyst with a digital marketing agency. After exploring various departments of online marketing such as search engine optimization, social media and content development for 2 years I moved to another IT company in 2012 as marketing executive. Since then, I have worked with and progressed with that company on various roles. Currently I’m working there as assistant manager digital marketing.
Why do you plan to leave your current job? / Why did you leave your last job?
If you’re applying for your first job, this question is not for you.
However, if you’ve worked before, the interviewer would want to find out why you want to leave your current job or why you left your last job. Were you fired or laid off? Were you not able to come up to the required standards?
Here you have to avoid saying anything negative about your current or last job. If you badmouth about your ex or current employer, it will cause the interviewer to think of you as a negative or unprofessional employee.
Even if your current job is not making you fell all contented, you can say that you’re looking for new challenges, your current job doesn’t match your qualification or ambitions, you want to work in a fast-paced environment or you could simply say that you’re not being able to show your talent. In case your current company is going through restructuring, you can be upfront about that too. Being laid off because of change in organizational needs is not a bad thing; it often happens even with the topnotch professionals.
Tell me about your educational qualification.
With this question, the interviewer is trying to know all that you’ve studied related to the job. For instance, your graduation majors, your specialization, diplomas or certifications (if any) or the professional trainings that you’ve gone through so far.
In rare cases, the interviewer may ask you about your scholastic record. This time he or she wants to know about the grades you received.
What are your expectations? / How much salary are you expecting?
This time, the interviewer wants to know how much money would make you feel satisfied with this job. This is the most sensitive question and here you need to be reasonable. Make sure to do a thorough research on the average salary for position that you are being considered. Never say that you don’t know anything. Instead, be confident and name your price without selling yourself too short or going too high. The fact is, they already have a salary range in mind and they won’t exceed that. They’re assessing, whether or not you are aware of the industry and the right value of your own skills.
Do you have any questions?
Yes, you do! This is how an interviewer will usually finish the interview. They are not just being polite – they want you to speak.
While asking question(s) you need to keep in mind that they’re still assessing you as you speak. Asking anything that makes you sound silly or unaware of job market or the prospective job, can make all your interview effort go down the drain.
- Can you give me any example of tasks or projects that I would be working on if I were to be offered the job?
- What is the typical day for this position?
- Do you guys offer professional trainings to your employees?
- What’s going to be the next step?
Job interviews don’t have to be scary. Remember first impressions count, think before you speak, and show your great English skills and give awesome answers to win that job.
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