The job interview process from screening interviews to final interviews are the most critical part if you’re applying for a job. It’s an intimidating process that even the most confident, most qualified, most experienced and most outgoing people are still freezing like a rabbit when the spotlight is on them. It’s a good idea to have few practice runs with a friend or anyone from your family member. Practicing means not just memorizing possible answers, but also familiarizing and knowing them by heart. You don’t just answer virtually based on what you’ve read, but a good behavior must also be observed during the interview process, honesty is one. Research and always prepare yourself for a better chance of making it to the next step. To get you started, here are the top 7 interview questions and how to answer them.
1. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
Always highlight the advantages and share honest disadvantages of working in the industry. Let the interviewer know how eager you are to work in the company and also share the overwhelming benefits that you can get in remote staffing. By sharing the least means you should inform them about what will make you less likely in working for them. Explain that what you might not like at first is the adjustment period or the limited time that you’ll be spending with your friends. Some occasions that you may refuse to attend because you have the attitude of making the work done asap. You may fail to attend night parties because you’re too focus on finishing the tasks assigned to you. Let them know that your top priority is your work and that you know how to manage distractions while balancing a healthy lifestyle at the same time.
2. Why should we hire you?
You need to sell yourself when you’re being asked by this question. Share all your work experiences and achievements working as an offshore staff in your previous company. Site all your edge to other applicants and let them know the things that you can contribute to the goals of the organization. Convince them that you are the right person for the job and you can be an asset in the company once they hire you.
3. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job?
Site specific number of results based on how you really work. Like in a week, you can finish 14 assigned tasks, so that’s about 2 tasks per day, or 60 tasks per month. It actually depends on the job description and qualification that you’re applying for. But the bottom line is, do the work as efficient as you can and do not procrastinate.
4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
If you are in a position where the interviewer asks you “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, always start your answers by telling them your weaknesses. Answering this question by starting it with your weaknesses could make the interviewer so eager to know your strengths afterwards. But once your strengths are being asked, answer it quickly and directly with confidence. This will make you look polished and prepared. Interviewers find applicants impressive if they are quick and responsive but in a very conversational way. Make sure that the last thing you say are the things that can leave you on a positive light. So start and focus first with your weaknesses and end the conversation with a bang by sharing your strengths.
5. What are your career goals?
This is a tricky question especially in the industry of offshore outsourcing. We all know that as a remote staff, career growth are often not acknowledged because the business runs virtually. When you’re being asked by this question, explain that you are setting goals to add value that will contribute to the growth of the company. Your aim is to break the long term goals to short term goals. Also point out that you take advantage of the benefits and comfort from working in the company, any solid performance and work promotion just like in the normal office setting is not a big thing anymore. As long as you are compensated well with what you deserve, then it’s already a success for you.
6. How do you handle pressure?
Pressure triggers stress. There are multiple examples of good responses that include: stress is important to me because it improves the quality of my work; I work better under pressure and I enjoy working in a challenging work environment; I always come up with good ideas when I am under pressure; I hit the gym whenever I feel stress or under pressure; I gain fresh air through running to release the stress feeling and the pressure of work, etc. Also if you have past experiences about working under pressure that have successful results, don’t forget to share that. If you say something about how to handle pressure, always back it up with a remarkable experience from your previous work situation that can somehow relate to the job that you’re applying for.
7. What motivates you?
Be honest. If monetary compensation really motivates you, then tell the interviewer. Do not fake enthusiasm just for the work sake, it will still reflect on the results of your work in the long run. Instead, think of what really can motivate you at work. Be specific and answer positively. Think about what you’re good at and what you enjoy most. Give insight about the forces that can motivate you like your family, your passion, your dreams or simply the work itself.
When answering interview questions, being accurate and relevant are very important. Do not just share what the interviewer wants to hear, but share what’s true to your heart. Choose the answers that are most targeted in the position that you’re applying for. So stay calm and be confident. There’s nothing to be worry about when you are honest with your answers. Best of luck!