Questions you can expect at a job interview

Questions you can expect at a job interview

What their meaning is and how best to respond to them?


Last month lucky winners from our social media giveaway had a chance to participate in the first talent by winsedswiss webinar where our HR experts covered the topics of writing a CV and questions at a job interview. Two weeks ago, here on Career Passport, we shared with you very useful tips regarding CV writing created by Nina Trajković, and today Jelena Kovačević will present you with questions you can expect at a job interview. So let’s begin.  


What attracted you to work in our company? Why did you decide to apply for a job at our company?

This question is asked by employers to check your knowledge of their organization and generally your interest in working in it.
In this regard, the first step you should take after receiving a job interview invitation is to inform yourself. Try to gather as much information about a potential future employer as possible on the Internet, social networks, or from your friends and acquaintances. This information may relate to their work activity, projects, results, corporate culture, etc. The better you prepare for this answer, that is, the more details you know, the better are the chances to be selected.


How would you as an employee contribute to our organization? Why do you think we should hire you?

This question refers to your self-confidence in the work and the results so far.

Share with your interlocutor your knowledge and skills relevant to the position you are applying for, but of course, take care that your tone and manner of speaking are not interpreted as bragging. Keep in mind that the line between self-confidence and arrogance is sometimes thin. Also, if you have certain results, achievements, recognitions that can speak in favor of your skills and previous experience, feel free to mention them.


What are your strengths/weaknesses?

First of all, be honest.  

Highlight the most relevant virtues, ie the most useful for the job you are applying for, and as a flaw, list some of your "weaknesses" that are not directly related to the job you are applying for.

Keep in mind that what is crucial for one job may be irrelevant to another.  


Do you prefer team or individual work?

This question can be considered one of the "trick" questions on the job interview.

If you choose only "teamwork", it can be interpreted that you will not feel comfortable in making decisions independently and performing tasks.
On the other hand, if you opt for "individual work", it may be considered that you will not be able to present work on team projects or tasks in an appropriate way. Employers expect employees to be equally good at teamwork and individual work, and that is exactly what your answer should say.


Jelena Kovačević 

Senior Career & Internship HR Recruiter