Preparation for the interview: 7 Typical application questions

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Finally! The invitation to the interview is in the mailbox. But how do I prepare for job interviews in the job interview? We have collected frequently asked questions from staff.

Preparation for the interview: 7 Typical application questions The most common questions in the interview

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7 typical applications


  1. What do you know about us? Why did you apply to us? Why are you the right person for the job offered? The counterpart is concerned with these application questions, the motives and seriousness of the Application or the candidate. The answer should clarify the interest in the company and make clear that and why the applicant wants to work in the company. It is not about platitudes, such. For example, the company is big and successful, but it's about linking personal motivations with the company you're considering and the job you're writing.
  2. What were your main tasks in your work as ...? Whether a previous full-time post, project or honorary office, the opposite would like to have a picture of the professional suitability of the applicant for the written post on the basis of the previous experiences. But beware! While the focus is on the most exact possible description of the task area, the applicant should definitely highlight activities that are relevant to the job being advertised.
  3. How do you imagine your professional development? Where do you look in 5 years? Of course, the personnel and potential supervisors would like to know how goal-oriented the applicant is and whether he knows where he wants to go. Behind the answer hides a statement about the ambitions and demands on one's own career. But that's not all. This application question also deals with the comparison with the position to be filled. Therefore, applicants should not answer them "simply so," but should keep in mind which of the personal medium-term goals fit into the designated place. If there is a discrepancy here, an applicant quickly gets the impression that the job is only an interim solution or a compromise. For example, if a job is in the company's payroll accounting and the applicant wants to work abroad in the medium term, then the question arises how this fits together? Applicants should be careful to formulate specific objectives while at the same time indicating a certain degree of flexibility when it comes to new tasks.
  4. How do you react to criticism? Of course, every HR manager would like to hear that the candidate is critical. But he should not let him be subdued. A possible answer to this question would be that criticism can be very instructive for further professional development, provided it is constructive and respected. If one feels himself not to be particularly critical, one does not exaggerate with this statement and admits to itself the space to work on its criticism.
  5. How are you working overtime? Even if it is about the motivation, here it is said to remain honest and do nothing wrong. A possible answer would be to signal that overtime is important for important orders and in certain project phases and that they are part of the profession. But be careful: in certain sectors, for example, in business consulting or investment banking, the willingness to perform overtime is a prerequisite! Whoever is a member of leisure and family, can be disqualified quickly.
  6. Which other companies did you apply for? Here, applicants can and should candidly reveal when they are talking to other companies - this shows that they are committed and realistic and do not want to rely on a single option. And by the way, it increases its own market value when it becomes clear that the potential employer is in competition with other companies or even the competition. Exaggeration, however, should not be - and this is true in principle for all the situation mentioned. Furthermore, as an applicant, you are well advised to use the above mentioned questionnaire to explain why you have a particular interest in the specific job for which you are currently applying. In no case should the impression arise that this was an emergency solution. Important: Concrete company names should not be mentioned for reasons of discretion.
  7. The application question for the strengths and weaknesses It is a classic and is supposed to reveal how the applicant assesses himself and whether he can be brought out of the rest. In any case, you should answer this question like any other and do not try to be funny.

Conclusion: This is the best way to deal with difficult questions


Of course, the answers are as individual as the applicant, but still many are difficult. Strengths should ideally be related to the workplace and have advantages for the job, for example: communicative, can approach people well. The weaknesses should be real weaknesses, which can also be extinguished by explaining what one is doing about it.

Examples include perfectionism or the lack of professional experience in the case of professional beginners. These are weaknesses, which can also be strengths and at which one can work. For example, the beginner is an unbiased and, to a certain extent, learning and knowledge-oriented.

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