Interviewers have a specific function to perform. So they need to go through a selection process that identifies which of the candidates called in for interviewing is the best one.
But what does “best” mean in this context? In this complex evaluation of talent, what is most important to the employer?
After all, people are complex too. Decoding all the input and evaluating it through the interviewers’ own prejudices and biases makes this task even more hard. So, here are seven job interview question types the interviewer will ask you.
1. The Basics
By means of basic questions, an interviewer wants to ensure that you have the minimum standard for using sound judgment and that you have they key skills their looking for. So a typical question might be: What can you tell me about yourself?
2. The Broad-brush Issues
Here you’re being tested for self-awareness, character, integrity, honesty, and values. In other words, you’re being tested for your fit into what the interviewer deems normal, such as your appearance, attire, demeanor, rapport building, attitude, and behavior. A sample question might be: What are your strengths or weaknesses?
3. Talent Questions
Next, the interviewer will want to explore is whether you have talent. That means innate ability, aptitude, flair, and capacity for achievement. Therefore, a question for testing this particular trait might be: Do you see yourself as a winner? Do others?
4. Competence Learning
The interviewer may want to test your competence by evaluating how you think and perform, the quality of your answers versus those of other applicants, and whether you exhibit growth potential. So a typical question might be: What was the best decision you’ve made?
The interviewer might ask about your accomplishments. This isn’t a question about what you did, but what you achieved. And it’s asked in order to determine whether you have a desire to plan, execute, and win. Also, whether you have potential for significant results; and whether you have the ability to overcome challenges. Such a question might be: What would you do in the first 90 days after hire?
It’s known that for the hiring manager, one of the most important interview question types determines whether you’d fit into that manager’s department and the organization. That means: would you adapt to the company culture, would you be a good team member, and what your personal work style is. The hiring manager might ask a question such as: What’s your management style? Or what do you know about our company?
And last, the interviewer wants to evaluate whether you’re an enthusiastic person. That means: can you show authentic excitement about the opportunity? Do you have a fire in your belly? Do you have the passion of a winner and the ability to energize the team? So a typical question might be: Why are you interested in this job?
As you can see, a job interview is identical to any competition.
In this case, the person who’s best prepared to answer these interview question types is going to end up being the best candidate and the one who crosses the finish line first. Congratulations!
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