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Job Interview Tips: How to Answer Interview Questions and Interview Questions Meaning
How to answer interview questions? What are the implied meanings ringing at the head of the recruiters when they ask a question during the interview? This article is a continuation of the job-seeking process in Belgium conducted by the speaker Miss Eugenia Khodakovska. I have also introduced Eugenia’s profile in the first part of the article on tips to write CVs for a job application.
Congratulation if you have succeeded in getting a job interview after sending your CV. That’s half the battle won. The other 50% lies in how you answer the interview questions during the job interview process. In this article, Eugenia continues to provide useful interview tips and tricks to handle a job interview. We delve deeper into the underlying meaning of some common interview questions ringing behind the back of the recruiters’ minds.
Be Well-Prepared and Confident
Before we blurt out everything on our mind unprepared, it is always better to prepare the job interview answers mentally. Rehearse the answers well every time we go for a job interview. Adequate preparation will also bring out a confidence streak which all prospective employers like to see. They want to look for a candidate who is well-prepared for the interview questions and think through what to say. Moreover, it speaks about his readiness in handling last-minute interview questions which are not that easy to answer.
Ready to Answer Interview Questions Below?
1. Why do you want to work for us?
- What is your motivation?
2. Why do we need to hire you?
- And not others?
- How do we get the best outcome of this choice?
3. What do you know about us?
- What is your opinion?
- How will your engagement and commitment be?
4. How do you develop yourself?
- Are you self-reflective enough?
- How manageable are you?
- What will be your development and integration speed?
- What will be your ownership of the job?
- Are you able to cope with corporate dynamics and changes?
5. Tell us about your best achievement.
- What is your capability and potential to the business?
- How passionate are you in your field of work?
- What is your endurance and perseverance level to get things done to its maximum performance?
6. Describe some of the failures that you had.
- How self-conscious are you?
- What is your ability to cope with stress?
- How much did you learn from the lesson?
- How optimistic are you when facing an obstacle in life?
7. Do we need to know anything that we did not ask you about?
- This question creates an opportunity to tell the interviewer more about your achievement.
- Be pragmatic. Relate incidents only to what the employer needs for the job position.
8. Do you have any other questions?
- What is your real motivation? Perhaps you will reveal more about your intention after being comfortable during the conversation.
- Beware. The comfort level at this point is where you will ask and say unappropriated things too.
- What are the negotiation points if the interviewer makes a job offer?
- Avoid the standard reply – “I have no questions asked.”
- An ideal approach to ask questions is during the job interview process where appropriate so that it will seem natural for the interviewer to reply.
- Here are some job interview tips to ask a few relevant questions to the company.
- “What is your development strategy?”
- “Who are my colleagues and the people that I work with?”
- “Who are my customers?”
Emails after Job Interview
Thank You Email
It is always polite and good practice to send your prospective employers a thank you email. It gives you the opportunity to add relevant information which you did not highlight during the interview. However, keep the email short and brief. Do not use a standard template like “Thank you… It was a pleasure meeting you.” Write something more personalised.
It is fine to send a reminder email to check your job application status after the interview if you do not receive a reply after the agreed dateline. If you are going for multiple interviews in the midst of waiting for the update, it is also reasonable to keep potential employers informed about your status. This piece of information may add a little value to yourself when the prospective employers know that you have been asked to attend job interviews from other companies.
If you receive a rejection email, you may like to ask the relevant person the grounds for the job rejection. One can learn from their job interview experience and to do better for the next job interview.
Handling Job Offer
In Belgium, it is common to go for more than one round of job interviews. If the employer calls you back for the second interview, it is likely that both the company and you will negotiate on the job offer on that day. Certainly, you want the best for yourself. Hopefully, the employer would be willing to accede to your requests. So, what is a reasonable stand for you?
Research the Belgian Labour Market
- What is the salary scale for the position that you are interested?
- What are the skills in demand? Do you have what it takes to negotiate a higher salary?
- What are the fringe benefits provided by the company?
Prepare Your Positioning
- Questions about your current package
- What is the minimum package that you can accept?
- Prioritise your needs. What are the must-have / nice to have / negotiation buffer?
Important Signal to Your Employer
- You are aware of your market value.
- The amount of salary is no doubt important but is not the primary factor for accepting the job.
- Enthusiasm for the job is equally important to enrich your life.
Belgian Employers Like to Test Their Job Applicants
I have been through two job interviews in Belgium so far. The recruiters gave me tests during both interviews. One tested on writing to make sure my English standard is acceptable. The other gave me a logic test with some IQ questions and mathematics. It seems that the Belgian employers enjoy giving tests to their candidates. I had many job interviews in Singapore. However, it is not so common to test the potential candidates over there.