What Are The Most Common Interview Questions And How Do I Answer Them?

What Are The Most Common Interview Questions And How Do I Answer Them?

So you have been searching the internet for ages and you have finally come across your dream Construction Sales Job, you send over your CV and you get an email to say they would like you to come in for an interview. You are over the moon, this could be the chance to give up the boring job you are in and finally get the construction sales job you have always dreamed of. After jumping up and down in excitement it suddenly dawns on you that an interview means some pretty scary questions, what on earth will they ask you and what sort of answer are they expecting?

Well the panic can now be over; this article will list the most common questions asked an interview and then the answers you can give that will you bag that dream job. Preparation is crucial for any interview, so have a look at these questions and then plan your answers.

Q. Tell me about yourself; what made you apply for this role?

A. This is when you are expected to quickly go over your experience in the construction sales industry and then connect your experiences with the job you are applying for. You can do this by looking at the job description and planning to cover every part of the role stated on it. It is important you confirm what is on your CV, only talk about things that are on it, this is your chance to sell yourself so make sure you give only positive statements about your experience and knowledge of the construction sales industry.

Q. What do you know about our company?

A. This is where you need to research before hand, giving the answer ‘your logo is green and yellow and you do some construction stuff’ is not going to get you your dream construction sales job. You need to cover the firm’s values and say how and why you think these are good values, also cover the history of the company, the size of the company and the company’s reputation – this is your chance to prove that you want this job so much that you have put valuable time researching into them. Allow the interviewer to tell you more about the company and pay attention to what they are saying.

Q. What makes you want to work for us?

A. You can touch on the values of the company and explain how you fit in with these, explain to the interviewer that you want to be part of their success story and then explain how you can help their company achieve their goals and exceed expectations.

Q. Why should we hire you for this construction sales job?

A. The standard response to this question is to explain that you believe toy have the skills, the knowledge, the experience and the right attitude to help the company be as successful as they want to be.

Q. Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

A. What you do not want to say is “In your job”, this may come across as forward and sure of yourself, while putting the interviewer in fear of their job. Instead you need to explain that you would like to improve your career within the construction sales area then go on to explain the skills and experiences you would like to gain with the company. Most importantly you need to put the interviewers mind at rest that you will not be jumping ship at the earliest chance.

Q. Why are you choosing to leave your current job?

A. Explain that this is the dream job for you as you have been looking for the right construction sales job, explain that you have gained as much experience as possible while working for your current employer but now it is time to find a job that is more challenging where you can increase your knowledge and experience. Never talk badly of a previous employer.

Q. If we were to offer you this Construction Sales Job, when would you be able to start?

A. This is a brilliant question as it means they are clearly interested in you, if they were not they wouldn’t ask when you could start. You need to respond in an enthusiastic manner, show them this is the dream job and even if you have to give notice to your current employer it doesn’t mean they won’t want to offer you the job.

 

It is highly recommended to ask the interviewer questions too, look into the company and see if there are things that you would like to know more about. Most importantly, stay calm and controlled at the interview, don’t waffle yet ensure you sell yourself as best as possible. Following these top tips will ensure the dream construction sales job will be yours.

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Beth Allcot

Beth Allcot ,

Thanks for this article. It's really useful for me because I'm preparing for my first job interview. Also, I read Meghan M. Biro blog. I found some useful tips at her latest blog post. I think you definitely need to take a look at it too.