The winning answers to a job interview

Here are some particularly popular questions among recruiters, let’s see together how to best prepare to not panic.

1. Why did he leave his last job? (Or, why do you want to leave your current job?)

Whatever the motivation, during the interview it is preferable to choose to give a plausible, truthful and above all positive explanation, that is, better to avoid say particularly negative things. Also, it is better to be concise, and to answer precisely without paying attention to too many word turns. Furthermore, it is important not to forget, it is important to do your best to communicate your motivation to face a more stimulating challenge to your interlocutor, underlining the precise reason why you want to work for that company there (and not just any!).

2. How do you happen to react in the face of criticism?

Better to be assertive, say that you are simply human and that you obviously expect to make mistakes (only those who never make mistakes!), But also to learn from them. Even better if you season this answer with a concrete example of when you happened to find yourself in trouble, but in the end you were able to accept constructive criticism and draw improvement from it.

3. What is the main source of your motivation?

For this question it is better not to mention issues related to money or prestige. Rather, it is better to resort to your personal vision and the goals you have set yourself in the short / long term to want to achieve at work. Better to be honest and be seen particularly motivated in what you say. Give concrete examples, they are always well-received compared to remaining too vague.

4. Are you currently holding any more talks?

If you have this question, don’t be scared because it can play to your advantage! Tell the recruiter that yes, at this moment you are very active looking for a job and that what you are doing at that moment is not the only one in the last couple of months. In this way, you will be more attractive because being in demand is certainly a very attractive quality for companies.

5. Why should we choose you?

This is a good opportunity to talk about your strengths and results achieved so far, using concrete examples as always. There is absolutely no need to brag, humility must come out but at the same time, security, tenacity and the ambition to pursue new goals.

6. What scares you the most about the position you are applying for?

In this case it is better to summarize the most salient points of the job description (always show that you have read it with particular attention!) and dwell on those that arouse the most perplexity, a good reason for asking in-depth questions to the recruiter, as a sign of strong interest in the position. Do not say “everything is fine”, at that moment you are asking that question precisely to “provoke” you to come up with an answer different from this one. When you have brought out the point (or points) that most frightens you about the position, also add how you would try to address them in practice.

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7. Do you feel comfortable receiving orders from superiors?

The answer must emphasize your ability to adapt and work within a team. It is always best to give a practical example in order to strengthen your opinion.

8. Tell me about a mistake you made in the workplace, and the lessons you learned from it.

It is advisable to answer this question honestly, while avoiding mentioning particularly embarrassing or too personal episodes, it is better to omit some details and appear to your interlocutor as a professional able to cope even with more critical situations, drawing what can be good.

9. What kind of payment do you expect from this position?

There is only one moment during the interview where it is permissible to talk about money: when the other person asks for it directly. In this case, before making a gaffe, make sure you have studied the general market standard. It is not necessary to know how to give a precise figure, but it is good to be able to give a general indication that shows awareness and awareness both of the market, but also of one’s value based on skills, experience and seniority. Better then to be consistent with what has been indicated as the main levers: if for example one of the priorities you have highlighted is that of getting closer to home, in this case it is better not to speculate too much on the economic aspect.

10. Do you have any questions?

It is forbidden to answer “no”. Answering “no” denotes a certain lack of interest, so have at least one question ready, related to the position or company. Finally, show that you are a master of interview management from the beginning to the end of the meeting, and don’t forget to always ask what time it will take to receive feedback and what will be the next step in the selection process.