Common interview Q&A

Autor: prof. Vintilă Ovidiu
Colegiul Tehnic „Costin D. Nenițescu” Pitești

Almost everyone has found themselves in the situation of taking a job interview. There are a lot of questions to be answered and a lot of stress to undergo. Sometimes the company or organization requires the candidate to take the interview in English as the position implies the need to know this language. Review these typical interview questions for any school graduate and think about how you would answer them. Read the questions listed; you will also find some strategy suggestions with it. I hope this article would be of great help for those who have to answer job questions in English.
1. Tell me about yourself:
The most often asked question in interviews. You need to have a short statement prepared in your mind. Be careful that it does not sound rehearsed. Limit it to work-related items unless instructed otherwise. Talk about things you have done and jobs you have held that relate to the position you are interviewing for. Start with the item farthest back and work up to the present.
2. Why did you leave your last job?
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.
3. What experience do you have in this field?
Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.
4. What do you know about this organization?
This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players? (fragment)