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Although this question appears to be an invitation to relate to the interviewer on a more personal level, you would be well advised not to do so. Your response to this question should focus on the underlying professional motivations that give impetus to your career. For example,
I am passionate about product design. I love to understand customers’s needs and wants and to identify the best technologies available to fulfil these needs and wants in the form of aesthetic and ergonomic products . My enthusiasm to develop world class products drives me to research more, experiment more and prepare more ideas so that our company will be always in the forefront in the market in terms of products and innovation.
Interviews love to hire a person who gets motivated by the work. That means, people who are passionate about the work that company does. They know that the fire of passion can defeat any obstacles on the way.
Remember this. No interviewer will make a decision to hire you unless he or she has a sense of who you are as a person, what you care about, and what motivates you. This information can be even more critical to interviewers than knowing whether you meet every qualification. If they can't get a sense of the "real, authentic you," they will not consider you seriously for the job.
To experience realistic questions that address the interviewer's concern, use our Interview Simulators. The primary strategy for dealing with this type of question is to provide positive and truthful information so you can give the interviewer a "window" into your personality.
That means, in addition to determining whether you can do the job effectively, interviewers want to know who you are. What do you like and dislike? What are your main characteristics and traits? What is your personality like? What are your values and goals?
The supporters of Case Interviews have a sound logic: Present the candidate with situations that might, hypothetically, occur on the job in order to gauge the degree to which he or she demonstrates the traits that will lead to success.
In a typical case interview, the applicant is given a question, situation, problem or challenge and asked to resolve the situation. The case problem is often a business situation or a business case that the interviewer has worked on in real life.
In most occasions, the hypothetical question will be the product of the interviewer's rich imagination, such as,
Leadership is a major buzzword these days among employers. When applying for entry-level and manager-level positions with top companies and organizations, one of the most important things you can do as a candidate is show the interviewer that you can lead a group of people to success.
Even in most creative organizations, the management is concerned about productivity. Therefore, one important question you might face in every interview is about the way you do work, that is your productivity. When they interview candidates for employment they want to know how productive they can expect the person to be and how well the applicant manages their time.
Since you are spending time on InterviewMax website, I assume, you probably have a sense of how you want your career to progress. Your research into your chosen industry will show you what the typical progression is for someone in your chosen career path. Your interviewer will probably be interested to know what your goals are and how the job you are interviewing for fits into your long-term goals.
As an interviewer, I can say from my experience. Most people, now a days, don’t have any worthwhile professional or personal goals. Or, in other words, they are not working consistently for anything that can make a meaning.
Though questions about personal interests are becoming less and less common (some can-inadvertently-lead to illegal information), you still may be asked about personal interests and hobbies.
The four basic personalities are analytical, driver, amiable and expressive.
Analytical: Like the name denotes, the analytical type of professional has a tendency to see things in very analytical ways.He likes facts, details, and numbers and is oriented to the "bottom line." Analyticals have a tendency to be well organized; they stick to specific schedules, and they are sticklers for detail and are usually not risk takers.
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While doing so, be sure to:
Answer with passion.
Share your activities and interests.
Focus on job-related issues when appropriate.
Describe personal achievements and offer examples of personal growth.
Talk about your goals and values.
List your best characteristics and traits.
Suggest an exchange of ideas about a job-related subject.
Based on my experience, determining whether you are liked by the interviewer accounts for 40% of the hiring decision. Of all the five questions that need to be answered affirmatively, this caries the greatest weight. Keep this in mind while preparing for your next interview.
It's hard, if not impossible, for you to prepare for these kinds of questions beforehand, which means you'll have to analyse an unfamiliar problem and develop a strategy to solve it, right then and there.
After the applicant is given information about the case, the applicant is expected to ask the interviewer logical and sequential questions that will enable the applicant to understand the situation, probe deeper into relevant areas, gather pertinent information and arrive at a solution or recommendation for the question or situation at hand.
“You're dealing with a publishing client. His printer just called and said the biggest book of the year had a typo on the spine. A bad typo. More than 100,000 books have already been printed. What should he do?"
Firms use case interviews to evaluate analytical ability and problem-solving skills; they are looking not for a "correct" answer but for an understanding of how the applicant thinks and how the applicant approaches problems. Case interviews are mostly used in hiring for management consulting and investment banking jobs.
Of course, they are looking not for a "correct" answer but for an understanding of how the applicant thinks and how the applicant approaches problems. Companies use this method to evaluate your analytical ability and problem-solving skills. Case interviews are mostly used in hiring for management consulting and investment banking jobs.
The language proficiency, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills etc embedded into Espoir InterviewMax programs help you handle any Case Interview or Situational Interview successfully.
From my experience, I would like to share few tips for confronting a case interview:
Take Notes on the Problem That's Presented. Ask questions about the details. Be aware that not all information is relevant to the solution.
Avoid Generalizations. Interviewers look for concrete steps that will lead to a solution, not your philosophy of how to approach the problem.
Don't Get Lost in the Details. The interviewer wants to see how you approach the broad problem, so set your sights on the most important factors.
Ask Penetrating Questions. Quality of your questions demonstrates who you really are.
Share Your Thoughts-Out Loud. As I said earlier, that's really what the interviewer wants to hear.
Resist the Urge for Speed-Take Your Time. Interviewer is interested in your logics, not your speed. The more complicated the problem, the more time you're expected to take.
Be Creative: There's Nothing Wrong with a Creative Approach. But it should always be presented within a logical framework.
They ask this question in different ways, but the purpose is the same. For example,
How would you describe the pace at which you work?
Describe a typical work week.
Do you take work home with you?
How many hours do you normally work?
How do you handle stress and pressure?
What motivates you?
Are you a self motivator?
What is most important - a good product or friendly, fast service?
Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.
I hope you can truthfully answer positively to these time management questions, that you are a self-starter and almost never procrastinate. And if you can't say it truthfully, I hope you're smart enough to realize now is not the time to wail about your broken alarm clock-which is why, by the way, you were 15 minutes late for the interview, as you now remind the interviewer. Good employees are able to set goals, prioritise their tasks, and devote adequate and appropriate, amounts of time to each one.
In answering a rather conceptual question like this one, try to sprinkle in specifics. Here are a few examples:
“I rarely miss a deadline. When circumstances beyond my control interfere, I make up the time lost as quickly as possible."
"I establish a To-Do list first thing in the morning. Then I add to it, and re-prioritise tasks, if necessary, as the day goes on. "
"I really like interacting with the people I work with. But when I need to focus on detailed tasks, I make sure to set aside time that will be free of interruptions of any kind, so I can concentrate and work more effectively."
These are few examples and there are many. You can customize them according to the situation and impress your interviewers. I strongly recommend you meet my colleagues at the InterviewMax centre near to you. Our staff at InterviewMax centres will be happy to help you in customizing these answers considering your career plans.
Therefore, most interviewers might want to know your concept of a good leader. The interviewer is asking this question to explore your qualifications with regards to leadership. Your response should demonstrate a solid grasp of the basic principals of leadership, including communication, dedication, and vision.
You may answer to this question in this way:
A good leader is a person that others want to follow. He’s trusted, he listens, he knows what needs to be done and by when but doesn’t pretend to know everything that necessarily has to be done to get there. A good leader gets stronger by allowing himself to accept the fact that others may know a better way.
One who knows the rules and sticks to them, one who makes clear goals and lets others know precisely what is expected of them and when. A good leader is someone who minimizes confusion and clearly positions herself to assume responsibility for whether or not objectives are met.
The best way to convince your interviewer that you have the capacity to lead others is to tell him directly about a time that you did just that. It sounds obvious, but people often neglect to do this. When talking about your accomplishments, make sure to highlight times when you actually led people in some way.
My colleagues at InterviewMax will help you identify your leadership traits and the way it can be effectively present in a job interview. You will get the opportunity to face realistic interviews any number of times. You can approach your next interview with an undue advantage.
Knowing that I can. I feel I have achieved great things but I am also convinced I can do better – much better. And if you fail to reach a point where you believe you have at least come close to your potential, that’s a shame. That’s what drives me.
Wanting to be able to provide a better life for my family. I work harder, create new ways of doing things, motivate others and strive to deliver beyond expectations in order to make myself an invaluable asset to the company and it’s clients. And it’s all because of what’s waiting for me when I get home from work each day.
As the saying goes, “If you stand for something, you will fall for anything”. You see many people after enviable education and certifications, don’t stand for anything and falling everywhere.
Therefore, interviewers take extra efforts to understand the inner you - to know more about your goals (if any) and permanent interests (if any).
It could be the tragedy of the generation, or the generations to come.
Where do you want to be five years from now? It's a question that relates specifically to your career goals, and you should make sure that your answer coincides with the typical career path you are about to embark on. If you are interviewing for the position of a trainee engineer, for example, you should not tell the interviewer that in two years you hope to be running the company. Keep your goals realistic, and always make sure that-within the given time period you are asked about-they are attainable.
You might wonder, why would an employer want to know how you spend your weekends? Finding out what you do in your leisure time is a good and quick way to get to know you as a person, not just a job applicant. Some questions that may go through an interviewer's mind while she asks you about your outside interests are whether you have a balanced lifestyle, whether your personality is reflected in the type of job you choose, and whether your personal and professional interests seem compatible.
We at InterviewMax help you customize your answers and coach you the way it is to be presented to an interviewer. As you know we have exclusive interview simulators and you will get to know how you handle abrupt and random questions.
The chemistry you develop with the interviewers is extremely important. If you recognize the differences and or likenesses in personalities in the interviewing process, your answering and asking questions will be much more successful.
Their personality traits tend to be trusting, patient, not assertive (even somewhat passive), easy going, even tempered, motivated by their own internal recognition, and calculating.
Professionally, they have a tendency to be engineers, mathematicians, accountants, scientists, chemists, and other technically oriented people, and work in positions that require high degrees of exactness and patience.
Driver: The driver-type professional likes to be blunt, right to the point, is mostly limited on time, is always busy, looks for immediate results, makes decisions very quickly, likes to be in the power position, is very independent and forceful, and is usually a really "can-do" person.
She has a tendency to be assertive, distrusting, impatient, energetic, high energy, motivated mostly by an external recognition, impulsive, and fast-paced. Drivers are plant managers, CEOs, CFOs, and managers in general.
Driver types of personalities who also have an analytical style would more likely be engineering managers, CFOs, controllers, accounting managers, etc. Drivers coupled with an expressive personality (discussed below) would be more likely presidents, vice presidents of sales, sales managers, etc.
Amiable: The amiable-type professional likes relationships, likes to be liked, is easygoing, is not a big risk taker, looks for the support of others, makes careful decisions, and can appear to many to be "wishy-washy."
Amiables also, as with many analyticals, have a tendency to be trusting, patient, somewhat passive, easy going, even-keeled, and motivated by their own internal recognition.
Expressive: The expressive-type professional has a tendency to be a dreamer, use hunches to make decisions, is gregarious and outgoing, "follows his gut," makes quick "feeling" decisions, takes risks regularly, focuses on the big picture, and has a tendency to be relationship oriented.
During InterviewMax programs, my colleagues at your centre will tell you how to recognize the personalities at the earliest and fine-tune your responses accordingly.
Do you and your interviewer share matching communications, or are they at odds with one another? If you do, you have almost won 60% of the interview. As you know the candidates who get selected are the ones who SELL THEMSELVES better than anyone else, those who ARE LIKED better than the others, and PROVE TO BE LESS RISK than the others. This convincing happens through effective communication.
Pros: Good listeners who usually go out of their way to put one at ease. Sensitive to other people’s feelings. Cons: Not particularly assertive and prefer to avoid confrontations. Can be seen as indecisive; if this is not your , you may lose patience. A Typical Question: “Why are you the best candidate for this job?” (Nonthreatening question that gives the job candidate a chance to impress)
Pros: Good problem solvers who enjoy investigating something and coming up with a solution.
Cons: Because of their businesslike mien, they can come across as cold and overly formal during interviews. A Typical Question: “How much did your efforts contribute to your company’s bottom line?” (Focus on facts and figures)
Pros: High achievers and risk takers who do not hesitate to take charge and make decisions on the spot. Expect the best from themselves and those around them. Cons: Their fast-paced method means they often cut you off in the middle of a sentence, which can be intimidating during an interview. Plus, their hard-driving nature may not work for everyone. A Typical Question: “What did you achieve in your last job?” (Cut to the chase—what have you done?)
Amiable types of personalities usually are CEOs, lawyers, surgeons etc.
Pros: Creative, friendly individuals who are usually great communicators. Enjoy helping others. An interview with someone in this category promises not to be dull! Cons: Can be viewed as impulsive, overly dramatic and opinionated, even egotistical. Can be overwhelming to some. A Typical Question: “What was your relationship like with your previous manager?” (Show interest in your relationship with others; people oriented)
Expressive types of personalities usually are Sales managers, Trainers, PR practitioners etc,
Learn to look at your interviewer as a prospective customer.
By responding positively and confidently you can bag the job.
If it is passion and deep interest in the job, you get the job.
It is all about products, marketing, sales & conditions.
They want to assess how creatively you approach a problem.
Who wants to hire an un-ambitious rot-learner, interested only in salary?
How do you create plans and execute those plans reveals your personality.
A right response at this stage can only open the next door.
Be careful, interviewers are trying to measure you.
Interviewers want to estimate how long you would stay in the company.
Still people use them. Who is gaining? At whose cost?
You must shade your answer to match the company’s / position’s requirements.
Like a story, an excellent way to keep your interviewers interested in you.
How to convince them that your goals & interests are same as theirs.
Merit is taken for granted. Likeability is the major factor in today’s recruitment.
There are few interview techniques, which are classic & can be applied anywhere!.
Not that difficult. Do the necessary research & follow these easy steps!
If you realize the competition, you learn to value each and every interview call.
And how such programs mislead and ruin career prospects of million.
You are hired for your strengths. Then, what else should one focus?
A systematic approach to interviews enhances the probability of bagging that job.
Because competitive environments demand un-learners & re-learners.
It is easy to win over a cross-functional team. All you need is practice.
You being the seller, onus is on you to convince the buyer about your value.
You must know how to blow your own trumpet – diplomatically.
Who wants to hear those needless repetition of ideas in different words?
Time management means productivity for the employer.
Companies look for calculated risk takers who knows how to handle failure well!
Which company can afford to carry along a misfit in the team?
Everybody will say ‘Yes”. But How you say that ‘yes’ makes all the difference.
Why is it advantages to delay discussion of salary as long as possible?
Companies realise that the reason for most terminations is poor fit.
If you understand what motivates and drives them, your success is easy.
Demonstrate positivity. They know what you know. Therefore, be honest.
Are your long term goals aligned with your company’s strategic objectives?
Yes. Everyone live by selling something. Goods or ideas!
Will you be part of a problem or part of a solution?
How would you react in conflict or problematic situations?
Why don’t you learn how to make your interviewers at ease and comfortable?
They want to know that change is the only thing that is permanent.
Crash courses make few trainers richer, not candidates any abler!
Your answer can trigger many powerful questions.
Does past performance predict future success? Many think Yes’.
Delegating saves time, & ensures a new generation is trained on the job.
Strategies to improve your value and become the most eligible candidate.
There are no correct answers, only correct approaches.
Think of ways to present your key qualities throughout the interview!
Make sure it includes specific details and makes sense.
Do Research. Because most other candidates are uninformed or misinformed.
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