What do you think we try to find out when asking this interview question?


People have good feeling from an interviewEach question in an interview has some meaning. In order to show you are a good applicant for the job in HR, you need to reverse engineer the interview process. As we described in this post, everything starts with a profile of ideal candidate. Based on the profile, requirements and abilities of a perfect job applicants, questions are chosen and put on the template for an interview.

On the top of that, there are typical interview questions that have some hidden meanings, most people are not aware of, or at least do not think about it in the proper way. For example the question “Why do you want to work for us?” is asked to find out the real motivation of a candidate.

If he is serious, he probably researched about a company and know why he submitted his application to this job. But if he considers it as one of many opportunities and interviews he is going to pass, he will most likely have no idea how to answer this question.

Behavioral questions in an interview

Interviewers use a plethora of behavioral interview questions, such as “Describe a situation when you needed to meet a tight deadline. What was the situation? What steps did you take in order to ensure to meet the deadline?”. Interviewers ask this question to predict your behavior in various work related situation in the future, as well as to check your true level of working experience. The following logic is applied:

If you took some action in certain situation in the past, you will most likely take the same action in a similar situation in a future. And obviously, if you are not able to talk about any work-related situation from the past, then you most likely have no real experience with doing the job, doesn’t matter what’s written on your resume.

Technical questions

Woman deals with a test in her HR job interviewTechnical questions stand for the last step of recruitment. Questions such ass “Do you have any experience with assessment center?”, check your vocational predispositions for the position. Once you are able to distinguish these three groups, you should be able to answer the question from the headline.

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