Question 1: Can you tell me something about yourself?
I like to manage people and be involved in interesting projects. I have been working for IBM for the past six years, but I am looking for a new challenge right now. I like to do sports, especially athletics. I spend free time with my wife and kids.
Question 2: Why did you apply for this job?
I really like the job description and the working duties on this position. I believe to be a perfect match for the job and a potential asset for your team. That’s why I submitted my application. I have similar working experience too…
I decided to apply because I really like the vision of your company and the career growth possibilities. I can use my full potential at this position and help your company to grow and prosper.
Question 3: Why did you leave your last job? / Why are you planning to leave your present job?
My last job was not challenging enough. I was not motivated to wake up to work anymore. I liked my colleagues and boss, but I simply can’t keep myself motivated anymore. Based on the job description I really believe that I can find new motivation and challenges in your company.
There was a downsizing in our company. Similarly to most people from financial department, my contract was terminated. However, it is the past. I am ready to utilize all the knowledge and experience I gained there to start my new career, possibly in your corporation.
Question 4: Can you tell me something about your education?
I have studied at ABC University. I acquired knowledge of statistics, project management and process management. I was active during my studies and took part in practical projects and courses too. Overall my studies were pretty practical and I believe to be ready for job of a project manager.
Question 5: Can you tell us something more about your working experience?
I have done lot of things in my life. It helped me to gain a good overall understanding of business. From 2001 to 2004 I worked as a project manager for Siemens. We were working mostly on smaller energetic projects, water plants built on rivers. I believe that I can utilize the knowledge and contacts I gained there in your company. I learned how to budget the projects and lead it from the scratch to completion and success. From my other working experience I can mention my role of marketing manager I hold in CDE from 1998 to 2001 and my freelancing experience from 2005 to 2009. If you want, we can discuss it in detail.
Question 6: Why should we hire you?
I have a relevant experience and I am strongly motivated to work for your company, as it has always been my dream to work there.
I fulfill all the job requirements. However, I am sure some other applicants do fulfill it too. But I am a nice guy and always try to create a good atmosphere on the workplace. This helps, especially nowadays, when people are stressed and negative about everything.
I believe that I bring success with me. All the companies where I worked were prospering. It is good to have such a worker in your team, isn’t it?
Question 7: What are your strengths?
I am very responsible and always accomplish all my duties on time.
I am pretty organized, what is strongly reflected in a quality of my work.
I have good communication skills. I believe that communication skills are crucial in every job, but especially in this one.
Question 8: What are your weaknesses?
I am not very patient. That’s obviously bad. But I am working on it every day, trying to control myself and be more tolerant to the others. It’s not easy, but I definitely made good progress in recent years.
Sometimes I struggle to concentrate in job. However, I practice every day and my concentration has improved over the years. I try to eliminate other thoughts and focus purely on my job.
I trust people too much. It is nice to live with such feelings, but it caused me many troubles in the past. However, as I am getting older, I can much better distinguish friends from foes.
Question 9: What are your goals in five years horizon?
My goal is to become a better manager and to help my employer to achieve exceptional results as a company.
I want to start a family and have a good job. That’s all I want. I believe that your company is a right place to start realizing my goals.
I would like to have a really good job in five years time. However, I understand that firstly I need to learn a lot and I believe that this position is a perfect start for me.
Question 10: What are your biggest achievements so far?
I ran marathon under three hours. I trained for it very hard and it strengthened me both physically and mentally.
When I hold Sales Manager job at ABC Inc., the sales grew by twenty percent every year.
I became a better person over the years. I learned to listen to the others and see the good in people. I consider this as the biggest achievement of my life.
Question 11: What characterize a good boss/ colleague from your point of view?
I can get along with everyone. All I want to be sure about when it comes to my boss and colleagues is that they are qualified for the job we do. When I see the level of proficiency in this interview, I am sure they are.
There is nothing like an ideal boss for me. I simply focus on my job and duties and try to avoid any conflicts with other employees. We are all different and I respect the individuality of each human being.
Question 12: What are your salary expectations?
First of all, salary is not a deciding factor for me. I really like the job description and want to get this job. Therefor, I will accept an average salary for this position what is something between $35,000 and $40,000, according to my knowledge and statistics from salaries.com.
Question 13: When can you start the job?
I am ready to start as soon as possible.
I could possibly start tomorrow, but I want to finish the project I currently work on. It would be very unprofessional and irresponsible if I left now. I need two or three weeks to finish the work and train colleagues to continue it. Then I can start here.
Question 14: Do you have any questions?
What are the next steps of interviewing process?
Can you tell me something more about the working environment?
What are the goals of your company (sales department) in one, five and ten years time?