1. What was your biggest success during your career?
Don’t be modest . If you were successful during your working career, say it. If you were not, you may say that you still wait for your biggest success and you are determined to achieve it.
2. What was your biggest failure during your career?
Don’t lie by saying that you’ve never experienced any failure. All people make mistakes and it is important to be able to admit them.
3. What is your main goal in your career?
The possible answers: satisfaction, self-fulfillment , new knowledge, a lot of experience, etc. ‘Making a lot of money’ is not the best answer!
4. Who are you going to be in 10 years?
The possible answer: ‘I would like to be a person who is happy about life, self-sufficient and satisfied with what I’ve achieved at work.’ People usually have no idea of what they’d like to do in the future, so it is a good way to deal with the problematic question. But if you may have some specific ideas about your future career, tell about them, provided they don’t seem too ambitious!
5. What is the most important in your life?
‘My job’, ‘lifelong learning’ should not be the only answers. You won’t make a good impression if you seem too ambitious. The following answer seems to be appropriate: ‘It is the most important to keep the work-life balance , to feel satisfied with both, my career and my private life.’
6. Do you prefer working individually or in a group?
Remember that your new job may involve both individual and group activities, so be diplomatic! If you prefer one of these more than the other, you may say that you prefer working individually (in a group), but you are aware of the fact that some activities are more efficient when performed with the others (alone) and that you are ready for that.
7. What do you know about our company?
It is essential that you find out as much as possible about your potential future workplace before the job interview.
8. How could you contribute to our company’s success?
Think about your strengths (e.g. creativity, self-confidence , communication skills, flexibility or determination?) mention them and explain why they are important and helpful at work.
9. What is your experience?
Your experience should already be noted in your curriculum vitae, so mention it again and tell something more about what you were doing there and what you’ve learnt.
10. What do you consider the most satisfying in your career?
The possible answer: I get a strong satisfaction from gaining new knowledge and experience, making efforts that bring good results.
11. How much would you like to earn:
It is essential that you find out about the average amount of salary in the job that you apply for. Your expectations shouldn’t be too high and too low, otherwise you may seem greedy or desperate to find a job. You may also say that you expect your salary to be commensurate with your efforts and results at work.
12. How would you react if you were denied something that really matters to you (by a subordinate or a co-worker)?
You should explain patiently why the thing is important to you, give a good reason. Listen carefully to your interlocutor’s arguments (to show them that you don’t ignore their opinion), present contra-arguments if you disagree and try to reach a consensus.
Talking about: JOB INTERVIEW
1. Do you have a job?
2. How did you get it?
3. Did you have to attend a job interview?
4. What requirements did you have to fulfill to be invited to the job interview?
5. What documents did you have to send before to be invited to the job interview?
6. How did you prepare for your job interview?
7. How did you dress for the job interview?
8. What questions may be expected during a job interview?
9. What questions were you asked in the job interview?
10. Was the job interview a stressful experience?
11. How did you succeed in getting the job?
12. How many job interviews have you attended?
13. What was the worst job interview you have ever had?
14. Have you ever failed to answer any questions during a job interview?
15. What should you not do during the job interview?
16. What should women and men wear during a job interview?
17. Would you employ a person with a lot of experience or with a good education?
18. Does a typical job interview provide enough information about a candidate?
Useful vocabulary connected with: JOB INTERVIEW
modest (level: intermediate)
self-fulfillment (level: upper intermediate)
self-sufficient (level: upper intermediate)
work-life balance (level: upper intermediate)
self-confidence (level: upper intermediate)
flexibility (level: intermediate)
greedy (level: advanced)
commensurate with (level: advanced)
interlocutor (level: advanced)
curriculum vitae (level: intermediate)
cover letter (level: upper intermediate)
job application form (level: upper intermediate)
reference (level: upper intermediate)
marital status (level: upper intermediate)
smart casual (level: upper intermediate)
business casual (level: upper intermediate)