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Job Interview is a two-way street. Obviously, the organization is using the interview process to evaluate you and your credentials to determine if you are a solid fit for the company’s needs. But the interview is equally important for the opportunity it affords you to evaluate how well the company and the position match what you are seeking. Formulating a series of well-thought out questions in advance of the interview will not only help you draw out pertinent information form the interviewer, but also demonstrate your intelligence and sincere interest in the position at hand.
The best questions are those that arise from the initial research you will conduct of the organization while preparing for the interview. Whenever possible, questions should be tailored to the position and company. The following questions will provide you with some ideas and get you started thinking about potential interview questions you may want to consider asking employers during the interview.
Job Interview – Fit for the Position
What are the most important skills and attributes a candidate needs to be successful in this position?
What are the characteristics of a successful employee in your organization?
Describe the work environment.
What are the challenging facets of the job?
What would be a typical work day in this position?
What is your management style?
What is your preferred method of communicating with your team?
What is the next step in the interviewing process?
Job Interview – Company Culture
How would you describe your company culture?
What is the organization structure of your department?
Who are the primary parties that you are responsible to support: shareholders, customers, employees, etc.? How do you go about making decisions when the needs of these groups are at odds with each other?
Job Interview_ Measures for Success
What are your expectations for new employee hires within their first 90 days on the job? Within the first six months?
How and when will my job performance be evaluated?
What metrics are used to measure whether or not you are achieving your predetermined goals?
How will my success in this position be measured?
How is success measured in this department (or organization)?
Job Interview – The Future of the Organization
What is your vision for the organization (or department) over the next two years? Next five years?
What current major challenges are you facing as a manager?
What is the organization’s biggest challenge currently?
What is the organization’s competitive advantage in the marketplace?
21 Common Executive Job Interview Questions and How to Best Answer Them Common Job Interview with answer(as a sample)
1) Tell me a little about yourself
I am one of the top graduates of my batch in College. I am known in school as an organizer, having held several committees and organizations since my first year. I am a dedicated person who never stops working on something until it is perfect. It would be a pleasure for me to discuss how I can be such an asset to your company.
2) Why do you want to work for this company?
This company is on the list of most admired companies every year. I want to play a role in ensuring this company stays on that list. I want to be part of a company that offers no less than quality in terms of products and after-sales services.
3) Do you consider yourself successful?
Success to me is spending the majority of the time focused on work that is fulfilling and increasing my efficiency to become helpful for the organization growth. While I also believe that greater success can be achieved while working as a team towards a common goal.
4) Are you willing to travel?
Yes. I love traveling. Adjusting to new places and meeting new people would be a delightful experience for me.
5) What are your salary expectations?
As of now, I haven’t thought much about it. I’m more focused on learning the requirements for this position that I am applying for.
6) What would you consider your greatest strengths & weakness?
Focus mostly on strengths Show the interviewer how you are putting effort to overcome the weakness
I’m a highly motivated person. I don’t stop until I get things done. I value other people’s time and the company’s resources. I work to become an asset, not a liability.
7) What motivates you?
Sample Answer #
Many things motivate me. My goal is to be the best of what I can be, often motivates me to go beyond my own expectations. When I see myself being productive every day, it motivates me to continue.
8) Tell me about your dream job.
The only dream job I’ve always had was a job that keeps me busy, a job wherein I get to contribute to the company’s success.
I left my previous job because I feel I want to do more, to get hold of a greater opportunity to serve.
10) What experience do you have in this field?
I have created several systems that are still in use to this day. Some of the systems I’m proud which include [mention those remarkable ones]
11) What do co-workers say about you?
My co-worker [name] at [company] never gets tired of telling other people how brilliant I am when it comes to [specific task].
12) Why should we hire you?
I am quite aware of the company’s mission of acquiring the largest consumer base in the area to become the front-runner in the supplier’s or provider’s community. My domain knowledge and hold over the customer base can make a big contribution towards this. I would really enjoy this challenge of growing this business bigger.
13) Are you a team player?
Yes, definitely. While I will deny the fact that I can work independently with minimal supervision, I’m also one companion every leader would ever want to be in his team. Whatever task is assigned to me, I make sure it meets and exceeds what is expected of me. I also make it a point to reach out to teammates whenever needed.
15) What is your philosophy towards work?
I have only one philosophy when it comes to work: every piece of work, regardless of size, has to be done on time and in the right manner.
16) What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
I learned that without proper coordination, even the simplest task could cause problems in a project. I had this problem during my first job. From that time on, I made sure every I think follows every detail and coordination.
18) How would you know you were successful on this job?
Being successful means goals that are set are being met. Being successful also means standards are not only reached but also exceeded wherever possible.
19) Are you willing to work overtime? Prepare for night shift and work on Weekends?
I understand that being asked to work for an extended number of hours comes with a good reason in the first place, so I’m ok with it. It an extra effort means something for the company. I’ll be happy to do it.
20) What will you do if you don’t get this position?
I have high hopes that I will be hired. In case it turns the other way around, I would have to move on and search for another job.
21) What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?
I have attended several self-improvements, time management, and personality development seminars. I have also participated in training workshops related to [industry].
22) How would you be an asset to this company?
My skills in [key skill for the position] are outstanding. I have earned a lot of awards and certifications from my past employers. As an employee, I handle pressure with ease and can work with minimal supervision.
23) How long would you expect to work for us in case you are hired?
I would like to be in this company for a long time. For as long as management sees me as an asset, I am willing to stay.
24) Describe your ability to work under pressure.
I understand the nature of this position that I am applying for quite well, along with the pressure that comes with it. Being under pressure doesn’t discourage me but motivates me more.
25) Tell me about a problem you had with a supervisor.
I’m sorry, but I can’t recall any instance when I had such a problem with a supervisor.
27) What irritates you about co-workers?
I always get along fine with my co-workers. I tend to be open-minded and very considerate.
28) Do your skills match this job or another job more closely?
I feel my skills are the best fit for this job.
29) What has disappointed you about work?
I once felt that I was not being given enough challenges to work on. I was a bit disappointed because I was so eager to go for more.
30) If you were hiring a manager for this job, what would you look for?
I would look into two essential things: the ability to do the job right and the proper attitude to do it. Skills without the right attitude will not contribute to productive output.
31) What role do you tend to play in a team?
I tend to be versatile when it comes to being a team player. I can act as a leader, an assistant, a communicator, a secretary, whatever role that will ensure the success of the team. That’s because understanding the different roles will allow each player to take on the role of others, in times of need.
32) What was the most difficult decision for you made?
It was a time when I had to choose between joining a group of employees protesting some issues in the company and staying away from the issue. I ended up being a mediator between the employees and our immediate supervisor, and I was glad I made that decision because it all ended well and without further conflicts in the workplace.
33) Are you willing to make sacrifices for this company?
I would be willing to do that to the best of my ability. I can manage personal matters on my own without causing conflicts when management needs me most. However, I will not comprise on my values.