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Most Frequently Asked Questions in a Job Interview & Sample Answers

There is no doubt that the first job interview makes you very nervous. What if you answered a question wrong? What if this answer causes you to miss out on the job?

In this article, we share with you some common questions that a human resources officer may ask you in a job interview, in addition to the appropriate and acceptable answers to succeed in the next interview, and get the job you want!

  1. Tell me about yourself

Wrong answer: What do you want to know exactly? I am unemployed and searching for a job; which is why I applied to this position.

Recommended answer: I am a graduate in (mention your field of study). I have a previous internship experience, where I learned how to deal with the matters required of me in this field, and I am now ready to start my career in this field that I love.

  1. What do you know about this company?

Wrong answer: I don’t know anything and I am expecting you to tell me details about it.

Recommended answer: I did a research about the company, and I looked at the website; I can say that you are a leading company in the field of (mention the company’s field of work), in the Middle East, and you deal with hundreds of customers in the commercial sector.

  1. What is your biggest achievement until now?

Wrong answer: I don’t have any achievement. I am still young and just graduated, so I haven’t done anything major yet.

Recommended answer: I have participated in many volunteer projects and activities that serve specific causes, such as human rights, poverty, and medical aid. All of these things have left a positive impact on my community, and I think my involvement in humanitarian activities is a great achievement for me.

  1. Where did you find this job vacancy’s announcement?

Wrong answer: I don’t remember how I applied to this position. To be honest I am applying to many positions and I can’t remember this detail.

Recommended answer: I found the announcement on your website and read the job description carefully before applying.

  1. What are your salary expectations?

Wrong answer: I will accept anything you propose to me, but please give me the job, because I need it.

Recommended answer: I’ve done some research and consulted with some professionals in the field, and I’m expecting to get paid between $… and… $, which I think is fair to me.

  1. What are the goals and objectives that you want to achieve in your career?

Wrong answer: I don’t have any objectives or plans for the future and I am not excited about it.

Recommended answer: I plan to gain a few years of experience in a reputable company like yours, where I will learn and improve my technical and personal skills so that I am ready to join my family’s company later on and grow.

  1. Tell us about a difficult situation you faced and how did you deal with it?

Wrong answer: I have never been in a difficult situation at work, and I used to do all the work and study tasks perfectly before.

Recommended answer: I was working once in a restaurant, and a customer started screaming because his order was late. I calmed him down and offered to give him a free dessert, after discussing it with my manager and getting his approval.

  1. Why should we hire you?

Wrong answer: Because your company is hiring and you have to fill this vacancy.

Recommended answer: I am willing to go the extra mile and appreciate your company through hard work. I am as well someone who prioritizes my career and the tasks required from me. I have also been well recommended by my former professors and colleagues, and you can refer to them to learn more about me.

  1. Can you work in a team?

Wrong answer: I hate working in a team because most of the time I don’t get along with people and things always go wrong between us.

Recommended answer: I believe that working in a team always helps in achieving great success in the company. No one can do everything alone. I feel productive when I work in a team, although sometimes there are misunderstandings, this is very normal, and we always find a way to work things out and get a good result.

  1. Do you have any questions for us?

Wrong answer: No, nothing at all, everything is clear!

Recommended answer: Yes, I do have a few questions, for this position interests me a lot. For example: Who will I report to in this position? What difficulties may I face?

In the end, you don’t have to memorize these questions and answers, but rather understand the most appropriate way to answer the first job interview questions; this helps you succeed in it, and provide acceptable answers to the HR officer, thus increasing your chances of getting the job.

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