Questions and Answers to Prepare You for a Job Interview in English and Knock Them Out

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Questions and asnwers for a job interview

Questions and Answers to Prepare You for a Job Interview in English

Job interviews are rather stressful, aren’t they?

You have to arrive on time, appear self-confident,Β  knowledgeable and friendly at the same time, while you may be feeling extremely nervous inside. If the interview is conducted in a foreign language, it may become even more nerve-wracking.

  • What do you do? Why would you like to work for us? Can you describe your main duties and responsibilities?

The questions keep coming and you have no time to give a well-thought-out answer.

In the following article, you will find some typical questions that may be asked during an interview, and you will also see some possible answers to help you prepare for this important occasion.

We don’t want you to worry about using correct English, do we? We want you to ace the interview!

answers for job interviews tell me about yourself




1. How would you describe yourself?

(Also: What are your strengths / positive traits? Why should we hire you?)

  • I consider myself hardworking / reliable / dependable / helpful / outgoing / organised / honest/ cooperative.
  • I’m a team-player / an experienced team-leader / a seasoned (experienced) professional / a dedicated worker.
  • I’m good atΒ  dealing with people / handling stress.
  • I pay attention to details.
  • I understand my customers’ needs.
  • I learn quickly and take pride in my work.
  • I love challenges and getting the job done.




2. What kind of qualifications do you have?

  • I graduated in IT from the University of London.
  • I hold a master’s degree (MA) / a bachelor’s degree (BA) in Modern Languages from the University of New York.
  • I took a one year accounting training program at Oxford College.
  • I haven’t done any formal training for this job, but I have worked in similar positions and have ten years of experience in this field.

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3. Why did you leave your last job?

  • I was laid off / made redundant, because the company relocated / downsized / needed to cut costs.Β 
  • I resigned from my previous position, because I didn’t have enough room to grow with my employers.
  • I wanted to focus on finding a job that is nearer to home / that represents new challenges / where I can grow professionally / that helps me advance my career.




4. What do you do in your current role?

  • I’m responsible for the day-to-day running of the business / for recording and conveying messages for the departments.
  • I ensure that high standard of customer care is maintained.
  • I liaise with the Business Development and Business Services Units.
  • I deal with incoming calls and correspond with clients via e-mails.
  • I’m in charge of the high-priority accounts.

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5. What relevant experience do you have?

(It might be a good idea to revise Present Perfect Simple and Continuous to talk about experiences you’ve had/ actions that you started in the past and are still in progress.)

  • I have worked as a Sales Representative for several years.
  • I have good organizational skills as I have worked as an Event Organizer / Personal Assistant for the last six years.
  • I have great people skills: I’ve been working in Customer Service and been dealing with complaints for five years.




6. Why would you like to work for us?

  • I would like to put into practice what I learned at university.
  • I would like to make use of the experience I have gained in the past ten years.
  • I believe that your company will allow me to grow both professionally and as a person.
  • I’ve always been interested in E-Commerce / Marketing / Computer Programming and your company excels (is one of the best) in this field.

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7. What are your weaknesses / negative traits?

  • I’m a perfectionist and I may be too hard on myself or my co-workers sometimes.
  • I might need to learn to be more flexible when things are not going according to plan. This is something I’m working on at the moment.
  • I occasionally focus on details instead of looking at the bigger picture. I’m learning how to focus on the overall progress as well.




8. When can you commence employment with us?

(When can you start work?)

  • I will be available for work in January, next year.
  • I can start immediately.
  • I have to give three weeks’ notice to my current employer, so the earliest I can start is the first of February.

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9. Do you have any questions?

  • What would be the first project I’d be working on if I was offered the job?
  • Who would I report to? Who would I be working closely with?
  • Are there any benefits your company offers its employees?
  • When will I get an answer? How soon can I start?

I hope you have found the above examples useful. Now it’s time to memorize the ones that you like and use them when needed. You’ll sound much more fluent this way. You can ask for help in the comment area below.





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Preparing for an interview is a hectic task. One do not understand what to prepare and what not! This blog is the perfect solution for people who are confused regarding their interview. These are the questions that almost every company asks. Moreover, there are various online quizzes available on the Internet that are perfect for enhancing your subject knowledge. In fact, if you are a blogger or a business, you can also create such quizzes using a quiz builder like ProProfs Quiz maker to generate leads. A well-written article!

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Anastasia Koltai

Thank you so much for the useful source!

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More useful language content for those who study English as a second language. Sincere students may learn, especially from India, how to use language diplomatically. Most of the teaching centres teach under the concept of Soft skills and resource persons are from Management background not from language background. That's why Indian students are lacking in using polite expression and they read everything for examination purpose. As a teacher, I observed it umpteenth time. I am very much impressed the way you have presented the material.

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Anastasia Koltai

Wow, that's good to know! Thank you so much for your kind words! Let's stay in touch!

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Thank for this valuable information.

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Hi Anastasi,

How are you?

These tips were helpful for the first face of the interview.What was about the technical round?Is there any article regarding that? Anyway, thanks to this! Keep writing and helping others.

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Anastasia Koltai

Hi!

Glad you asked? What would you like to know exactly about the technical round?

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Great Insight!!
Thank you for this informative post, as i have been looking for this kind of information because in next week my interview is coming up and i haven't had any clue about HR round so clear all my doubts regarding this topic.Kudos to this article.

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While preparing for interviews, I was looking for a list of popular interview questions and answers to them. That's when I came across this blog that served my purpose. Thanks to the writer of this blog.

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Thanks a lot for this valuable insight, Good article!
Among several interview questions, this is one such tricky one and you need to be wise in your outlook. Thus explaining wisely is very important when you go for next interview and asked by an interviewer. Now i have got an idea on how to answer this question, thanks a lot!

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I think that if one is aware about the interview questions, then it helps in interview preparation. The chances of cracking the interview also increase. So, here is one blog that you can refer for most popularly asked interview questions.

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I am really thankful to the blog owner for helping us by giving valuable inputs in the form of interview Q & A. Such a nice post, it will be very helpful to crack an interview. I got so much information through your blog, keep sharing this type of information. thanks for sharing!!!

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Anastasia Koltai

Glad to help you Deepika! Thank you for using my site.