500 Questions: About the Position

What are you looking for in a position?

Illustrate that you are looking for an opportunity to apply your skills and contribute to the growth of the company while helping create some advancement opportunities for yourself. This kind of answer shows ambition, willingness to work for opportunity, and a desire to work for a dynamic organization, and gives you a chance to demonstrate that you have energy and confidence.

What do you find least appealing about this job?

This is a challenging question to answer and is meant to throw you off guard. Focus on the positive aspects of the position, and assume the interviewer is actually asking the question in reverse. Formulate your answer in a way that describes what you find most appealing. Obviously you wouldn’t be interviewing for a position your didn’t like. Concentrate on expressing your genuine interest and enthusiasm for the opportunities offered by the job offer, such as more responsibility, more knowledge, and more money.

What interests you most about this position?

Your education, training, and experience background as well as your accomplishments should provide good references for answering that question. Do not hesitate to stress the fact that this would represent a dynamic move, while giving you the opportunity to grow, to increase your responsibilities, your know-how, and possibly to reach new goals.

What motivates you to do this kind of work?

This is your ideal chance to sell your aptitudes that fit the job description. Show an interest in finding new ways these skills can be put to use in a new job with additional responsibilities. Tie in the industry, size of the company, or other factors where appropriate.

How could you have been more effective in your last position?

Focus your answer on the positive aspects of the job and turn any references to negative aspects that you might anticipate into chances for your growth and development. Point out the new experiences you look forward to in the job as well as the reasons you believe you’re uniquely suited to the position. Point out similarities to some of your past jobs in which you enjoyed success.

Based on what you know about the industry right now, how does your ideal job stack up against the description of this job?

The “ideal” is always one in which you have a broad scope of responsibilities that will enable you to continue to learn about your industry and grow. So use your knowledge about the industry to formulate a reply.

What opportunities are you most interested in within our company?

Your answer should emphasize the qualities of the job that you are interviewing for. Show that the job that appeals to you the most is one that you can approach with creativity. Your preparation and research should become apparent here. Give one or two reasons why you’re interested in the company, and what position in particular piqued your interest.

Describe the ideal job for yourself.

Employers want to know if they can fulfill your needs as well as if you can fulfill theirs. Tell them what you would like in your ideal job. Talk about what you enjoy, skills that are natural to you, realistic problems or opportunities you’d expect in this particular job or industry, and what you hope to learn from those experiences.

What interests you most about this job?

Be straightforward, but match your interest to the greatest benefit to the department or the company. Career-wise, that would obviously be of the greatest benefit to you as well. Display in your answer personality traits that support the existing need of the position.