How to Answer Questions at Interviews

Getting The Job Of Your Dreams – Interview Questions

Employer: “Why would you like to work for us?”

Candidate: “I will like to work for your company because it will give me the opportunity to further develop my skills and attain my career ambitions.”

Now let us break down the answer to the question above.

“I will like to work for your company” – It s about you!
“It will give me the opportunity to” – It’s still about you!
“Develop my skills and attain my career ambitions” – Once again, it’s about you!

What about the employer?

What’s in it for them?

Don’t just listen to what is being said, listen to what they mean by what they are saying.

It’s obvious what your answer means: You just want the job to fulfil your personal goals.

Employers are not a charity club. This is not why they recruit people. They have their own needs, requirements and desires.

This is what the question above actually mean:

Employer: “What do you have to bring to the table that will help our business grow and why do you want to help us achieve this?

“How does your interest, needs, desires and goals help meet our own interest, desires, needs and goals”

Consider this: Husband: ” I will like to buy you that blender because I love the smoothies my mother makes.

Wife: ” I can’t believe how selfish you are!”

Husband: ” What now! It’s a gift for you not for me you stupid blob. How does that make me selfish?”

Do you now see why most women complain all the time about their husbands?

You see, everyone cares first about their own needs and in most cases would rather have them met before thinking of meeting yours; especially if you are a total stranger.

For example:

If you’ve ever had a severe toothache, then you will know that unless you are Jesus Christ himself, at that point in time, sorting out your toothache is more important that a famine in china or Africa.

Test this out. Take a group picture and who do you look for first. Others or yourself? How canal of you! But as harsh as it may sound, selfishness is a basic instinct. We have to proactively decide to take the focus off ourselves and focus first on meeting the needs of others.

What you will realise when you do this is that when you take the focus off yourself and put it on others, they shift their focus on you.


Tony: James, when was the last time you took time just to take care of you and make “YOU” happy.

James: ” You know what Tony? I don’t know, when was the last time you did?

Tony: ” Last week and every week before last”

James: “Hmm! How do you do it?”

Tony: “Do you really want to know how I do it?”

James: “Come on Tony what’s your secret”

—————————————————— Now you can see how easy it is.

Just take the focus off yourself.

Now let us readdress the answer to the question asked by the employer:

Candidate: ” Well Frank, as you already know, GSK is a company built on integrity, trust, quality and results. This has been paramount to GSK’s success as a leading blue chip company and I do not only appreciate these principles but I also believe in them. As a result, I intend to use my proven skills, qualifications and experience to further contribute to the ever growing success of GSK.

Now do you see the difference?

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