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Interview: If you can master these 4 questions, you will have the job as good as in your pocket
The interview is often the last hurdle that decides whether to be hired or rejected. Especially if you want to gain a foothold in the communications industry, it is important that you have a conclusive answer ready to answer questions from HR managers or your future bosses.
Often it is a fine line that decides between a strong impression and a wrong impression. The good news is that many recruiters use the same questions. The following four are arguably the most commonly used, so you should have at least one convincing answer to hand.
1. What was your biggest professional challenge so far that you have been confronted with and how have you mastered it?
A very common question from HR managers to find out what you rate as a challenge in everyday work and how you deal with it. Describe a challenge in everyday working life in which you were forced to change your original plan or workflow and thus managed to get the situation under control after all.
In your response, focus on the external circumstances of the challenge described and not on interpersonal issues. If possible, you should not talk about personal conflicts with colleagues or even with the previous boss, as this leads to the assumption that you are a not too sociable employee.
In describing the situation, don't spend too much time explaining the problem, but rather focus on how you eventually met the challenge. It would also be recommended that you then briefly explain what you have learned from the challenge for your future everyday work.
2. "What is your greatest weakness?"
Probably the most frequent and well-known of all HR questions is actually not so much aimed at actually getting to know one of your weaknesses as being able to better assess yourself personally and also to recognize how it is with your self-confidence. Answers like “I'm a workaholic” or “I tend to be perfectionist” may seem wise at first, but the likelihood is high that the answers will not be taken from you and a slightly dishonest impression is created.
The general rule here is: honesty lasts the longest - and is at the same time the most personable.
You don't have to reveal your biggest / ugliest weakness right away. Above all, you should shortly afterwards say how you deal with the weakness and thus it does not become a problem. For example, if you're a bit disorganized at times, you could add that you can usually get this under control with to-do lists and a calendar.
3. "Tell me a little more about yourself"
Your interviewer at the job interview is of course less interested in your passion for collecting stamps. Whereby an interesting hobby could be a good start - as long as it is not necessarily bungee jumping.
A pure retelling of the résumé is also not really desired here. Instead, it would be advisable to describe the personal inclinations, talents and experiences that led to your professional goal. It is important that you do not start with Adam and Eve when answering the question or that you tell a particularly lengthy and lengthy story. Your answer should fill about 2-3 minutes.
4. "Why are you the right person for this job?"
Employers and hiring managers are not looking for specific answers here or even phrases like “because I'm a workhorse”.
It is more important to show that the position is not just any job for you, but that it means something to you. Show that you not only meet the requirements, but are also interested in the work content and want to contribute something to the company's success. In any case, give yourself a few thoughts in advance of the interview.
Conclusion: Of course, you will be asked other questions and other aspects such as the first impression or your educational background will play an equally important role in the positive outcome of the interview. But the right preparation for the interview and correspondingly good answers definitely increase your chances of being accepted. And even if it doesn't work, don't forget: “Other companies also have nice jobs”. You can find a large selection of jobs in the advertising and PR industry in our job exchange.
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