This is how you get every job!
Of course you want to position yourself individually in an interview – but the classic questions are usually standard. And none of them are as easy to answer as it seems in a friendly conversation. It doesn’t matter: ManaJump has obtained exactly the winning answers for you from personnel experts, with which you convince all along the line – and at the same time position yourself unmistakably.
1. Question: “Tell us a little about yourself!”
Attention: The introduction may sound like a nice invitation to chat – but it is not. Neither is an invitation to rattle off the resume in free form. So here no hobbies and no endless monologues about previous career stations.
Winner answer: Stick to the structural formula I am-I can-I want – and in the execution a time frame of maximum 3-4 minutes.
I am: How have they been trained, what professional stations have they been in?
I can: What has been your specialty so far and what successes have you achieved with it, e.g.: In the X years at company Y, I was able to expand my organizational skills and, among other things, restructured the processes in department Z in such a way that XY could be significantly increased.
I want: What do you want to bring to the new company from your accumulated experience, how would you like to expand your competencies further, e.g.: I would now like to use my previous experience in team development to make the processes in your company as department manager with the active involvement of the entire team optimally transparent and efficient for each individual. I would like to further expand my leadership skills.
You have explained briefly and succinctly,
1. Which qualifications you have through you career,
2. What this enables you to do,
3. Outlines how this can benefit the company – and
4. What you personally want. More is not possible!
2. Question: “What are your strengths?”
Attention: You set the course in the intro of the interview – don’t suddenly become an all-rounder. And: Standards are not strengths! Everyone should be on time, work fairly in a team, be committed and not let go even under pressure. Really every human being.
Winner answer: Now stay in the environment of I can and show which strengths you enable, perhaps in our example: I am very structured myself, which is why it is easy for me to grasp structures quickly – and also to question them. I can also put myself in people’s shoes and see who needs what in the team to be able to work optimally. Don’t just claim, prove: At company XY, for example, I introduced a reporting board with current status, so the weekly status meetings became superfluous and everyone always knew directly.
In your positioning you have
1. A red thread of competence has now been laid,
2. you showed that you can repeat your previous success at any time and
3. proved their strengths credibly with examples.
3. Question: “Where do you see your weaknesses?”
Attention: The interview is now about self-reflection, not about self-flagellation – but also not about exaggerated self-portrayal. You don’t have to confess anything, but nobody has any weaknesses. And can be considered a jerk if he doesn’t know his own.
Winner Answer: This is your chance to show that you are ready to question and criticize yourself – use it, for example: I noticed that sometimes I was a bit quick with my solutions and promptly assumed that everyone understood them equally. Next chance: Now you can show that you are ready to work on your weaknesses and grow on what you recognize, if possible like this: That’s why I wrote down the individual steps in the last job and remembered them when I skipped one.
This is how you
1. demonstrated honesty,
2. proved that you do not think you are perfect and always questioning yourself and
3. have shown that you work independently on yourself – and your weaknesses can even help you to become better. Perfect!
4. Question: “Why are you right for the job?”
Attention: No, you didn’t just say that already. You described why you’re good, but are you really good for this job? This is about what you specifically offer for the company.
Winner answer: To deliver this, research into the requirements beyond the job advertisement. What does the company stand for, what does it want to achieve, what are its strengths? Your answer then pays for exactly that, for example: Because I have learned to optimize joint work processes with the entire team, I fit very well into their understanding of modern leadership at eye level. And he continues: “As an employer, you want to enable your employees to participate in new ways. I think this is great and I could already live this attitude at company XY. And now the crowning glory: I admire your decision for Innovation XY. Here I could develop optimally and contribute very motivated to our joint success.
This is how you
1. proved that you really have dealt with the company,
2. have shown that your experience makes you a perfect match for the challenges an
3. pointed out that you would like to develop yourself further – and will appreciate the company for it. If there’s a second round, you’re in.
5. Question: “What do your colleagues like about you?”
Attention: As sociable, nice and open as you are – it’s not about whether you can make yourself humanly popular. And whether you are the team player required by all parties is not shown in eternal explanations.
Winner answer: Now they want to know how you would support the team in the best possible work – score again with examples: I’ve always got feedback that you can rely on me one hundred percent: I always take care of solutions immediately, stick to decisions made together and have also helped out colleagues at YX who just had more projects than I had on the table.
So you immediately showed that you can
1. attach importance to the feedback of you colleagues,
2. it is important that not only you, but everyone can work well
3. and that you are socially competent. Dream candidate!
6. Question: “Do you have another question for us?”
Attention: If you don’t want to know anything anymore, you don’t seem interested, no matter how much your head is buzzing. Asking something that has already been under discussion for a long time, however, is more likely to be seen as unfocused.
Winner’s answer: Now it pays to do some more research! Press releases, company reports, etc. provide you with the perfect platform for this last decisive question. Show again that you are really interested and don’t just want to talk about yourself, for example like this: I read in your annual report that you have developed a new e-learning program for your employees. Is that already well received? And how do you participate in concrete terms?
At the very end you have once again
1. demonstrated your broad interest in the company
2. focuses on the team rather than yourself
3. and gave your counterpart the opportunity to report on an achievement – something everyone likes to do. Yeahaa!