- What service(s) does the company provide?
- How long has the company been in business?
- How will my experience /qualifications be an asset to this company?
This applies to any job whether at a restaurant or a corporation. Even with limited experience you do have something valuable to offer a company. Are you hardworking? Do you enjoy learning new things? Do you have any experiences that could relate to the job? All these things are things an employee values. This brings us to the next step in being prepared.
Think of the questions you may be asked by the interviewer
Many times, the interviewer will ask about your previous experience. They have your resume, but you’ll be expected to expand on your previous work experience, education or anything else that is relative to their company. Since you’ve already researched the company that you’re being interviewed at you’ll be able to tell them about the experience that you have that relates to their company. After learning about your previous work experience or education they may ask more difficult questions.
How to handle difficult questions
Difficult interview questions are commonly used to test the interviewee. Being prepared and expecting this will help you to be more relaxed and confident. Here are some examples of difficult interview questions and what kinds of responses the interviewer is looking for:
You may be asked:
“Name three things that you need to improve on.”
The interviewee is asking you this because they want to hire someone who recognizes they need to grow as an emplyee and is willing to take direction. They want to find who are willing and ready to improve themselves with the company.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
The interviewer is asking you this to find out what your long term goals are. They most likely want to know that if they hire you will you continue to work for the company for years to come, or do you have other plans that would interfere with a long term position at this company? Give the interviewer a confident answer that shows them what you’re planning on accomplishing in the next five years, this shows that you’re a goal-oriented individual.
“Name a difficult situation you’ve encountered in a previous job and how did you solve the problem?”
This is a good question to think about ahead of time. Keep you answers relating to the job you’re being interviewed for. For example, if you are being interviewed for a job that you’ll be dealing with customers state a previous situation where you handled a customer related problem and solved it. Rememeber to keep your answers informative but not long winded. If you’re asked a question that you don’t immediately know how to answer take a few seconds to think about a response.
Employers are looking for positive people who are willing to learn. A good attitude goes a long way and most importantly don’t forget to smile.
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