Employers use to ask questions related to your personal interests, attitudes, motivations, character, etc.
Those questions about yourself don’t mean to get into your personal information, but to know relevant information of what you consider about yourself and your environment.
Describe a typical work week
Answer: Interviewers wants to know if you’re a potential employee that will discuss what they do while they are working in detail. Before you answer, contemplate the position you are applying for and how your current or past positions relate to it. If you consider your past experience at the moment of answering the job interview, the more successful you will be at it.
We recommend you to avoid talking about non-work related activities that you do on company time, but, sometimes applicants tell how they are often late because they have to drive a child to school or like to take a long lunch break to work at the gym. You should keep your answers focused on work and show the interviewer that you are organized.
Do you take work home with you?
It’s a tricky question, you must emphasize that it’s not that you forget or you’re not rapid on your job; show your interest in the company and your responsibility.
Answer: When I need to, there won’t be problem. I realize the importance of meeting deadlines and getting work done on time.
How many hours do you normally work?
Answer: As in the previous question, think carefully before give the answer; because if you answer a few quantity you can be considered as a slacker on the contrary, they can consider you as someone who works too several hours. Research some about the hours that companies work and the labor norms; the norm is a 40 hour week and everyone goes home on time. However, other companies work 50 or 60 hours a week.
If you answer more than the average won’t mean that you work more or harder, maybe it could mean that you’re not productive enough to get the job done in a reasonable amount of time.
The wise answer can be that you work as much as necessary to get the job done, instead of giving a certain number of hours.
How would you describe the pace at which you work?
Answer: Take your time to answer this question remember that faster isn’t necessarily better; most employers would rather hire employees who work at a steady pace. However, an employee who works too slowly is not a good option, neither an employer who works frenetically all day.
You can answer saying that your job is made at a steady pace, however, you usually complete tasks in advance of the deadline. You can add some experiences in which you demonstrate to work in advance to deadlines.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
Answer: This question is a generic way to ask for information about how you handle stress at work; don’t seem too perfect but be honest and realistic. You can follow these examples:
- I consider stress as an important aspect in my job because I do the best possible effort. Stress should produce motivation and intention to be productive, that’s a good stress, but it shouldn’t produce desperation. It’s important to have control.
- My key is to not react to stress, but to situations so one doesn’t get absorb by the stress. I consider the situation as a challenging environment.
- With the aim to avoid stress, it’s important to have other distracting activities such as gym and exercise.
- Have clear idea on what things matter most, it’s a way to manage and have control on difficult situations.
Besides these phases you should share some experiences to show your interviewer how you managed stress in past jobs.
What motivates you?
Answer: Although, it’s true that most people’s motivation is money, remember that answer is the last response an employer wants to hear; it’s important to be prepared for this question before the interview, and think carefully on what things motivate you in a daily basis.
Your response will vary based on your background and experiences, but, here are some examples you can use:
- Personal development and growth.
- The thrill and potential reward of a challenge, of finishing projects ahead of schedule and achieve goals.
- The desire to do a good job at whatever position. for my own personal satisfaction and for my employer.
- Ensure that my company’s clients get the best customer service I can provide; for both to me personally, and for the company.
It’s important to give some real examples on what you experienced in past jobs and specify your motivations.
What are your salary expectations?
Answer: Remember as a task for you, to research about salaries in the position and industry you’re applying. Then think of a range for a salary that could include and cover all your needs.
Other questions about yourself…
- What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
- When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?