1. Tell me about yourself. Steps to answer interview questions:
Step 1: Give a brief introduction about yourself: For example: My name is Peter. I graduated from X University with bachelor degree in Sales. After 5 years working as a Sales Manager, I have well experienced in training, mentoring and motivating other sales personnel to achieve the goals of the Company.
Step 2: Give a brief summary of your experience in your latest positions: Give a summary of 2-3 latest companies that you have worked for and companies that have helped you succeed with your new jobs .For example: recently, I have worked for ABC Company as Sales Manager for North-East Region. With my skills from training courses, I developed many sales campaigns which contributed much to the development of new customers and maintenance of current customer base. After 6 months, my sales force and I did regain the company’s market and promote the sales revenue up by 37%.
Step 3: Connect your ability to the employer’s requirements: Never assume that the employer will by himself be able to connect all of your abilities to the job requirements.
Step 4: Make a concerning question: With a concerning question, it will help you gain “control” of the interview. You may reduce the stress of the interview with such questions. For example: I would like to know the strong points of your company’s current Sales force.
2. What are your biggest strengths? This question will help polishing your qualification to the requirements of the employer. Steps to answer this question:
a) Identify which you are good at: Knowledge; Experience; Skills; Abilities
b) Prepare a list of your strong points.
c) Review the recruitment requirements: You should review carefully the recruitment requirements to know for sure which requirements are the most important to the employer.
d) Make a list of your strong points in your resume/cover letter: List and describe your strong points in your resume and cover letter orderly. You should make descriptions to those points in your resume.
e) Prepare persuasive answers to the question of the employer about strong points: You do not only state your strong points to the employer but must also provide evidence for them by references or records attached with your application form.
3. What are your career goals for Store manager?
a. The reasons of this question: This question will test your ability and ambition to develop yourself as well as the ability to plan for the future.
b. Levels of career goals: You are not sure about your goals, then answer: I’m rather busy with my duties and goals of the Company; as a result, I haven’t focused much on my long-term personal goals. You have goals not or very little relating to the current job: For example, you are applying for a sales manager, but your career goal is to become the head of marketing department in the next 5 years. Current job oriented career goals: For example, you are working as a sales manager, you goal is to become the area sales manager in the next 2 years and in the next 5 years, you will be the regional sales manager
4. Why did you leave your last job?
a. Some sample answers to the interview question: “Why are you leaving your last job?”. There is no opportunity to promote in my current job and I’m ready to face a new challenge; I have worked there for 4 years with much experience and skills. I want to be promoted but the Company do not offer me that opportunity; The company has cut down with its focus on the business line my job is responsible for; My family transferred to another region, or, my current workplace is too far away from my home; My old company often paid late and had inadequate compensation policy.
b. You should avoid answers that: Speak ill of your old boss, colleague, etc.; They punished me many times for… I did not complete my job.
5. What is your greatest weakness? Ways to answer:
a) First way: Turning your strong point into weak point. For example: I am a perfectionist and therefore, I rarely believe in anyone who can work as well as me. As a result, I am afraid to delegate important tasks to others. This approach has a weak side as that if you are not clever, you will cause the employer to believe that you are cheating him.
b) Second way: Solving your weakness absolutely. A better approach is that you state one point which was once your weakness, but you have done well to resolve it. For example: I tended to be a perfectionist, therefore I didn’t like to delegate to others. But I have found out that in order to develop the organization, everyone in the organization must be experienced with many tasks and this is very good for an efficient team work.
6. What do you know about this organization? This question is one reason to do some research on the organization before the interview. Find out where they have been and where they are going. What are the current issues and who are the major players? Sample answers:
a. A good organization with perfect management. I heard that in this organization i can gain knowledge and good atmosphere.
b. If it’s for a good renowned company then it’s better to go through the company website and know what’s the company profile and what’s their achievements/successes and branches& other details.
c. According to me this is one of the best companies. It has a good environment, We feel good working in companies, which has good growth in the IT Industries. This Organization has all the qualities like good growth, good Environment, maintaining a best level in the IT Industries, etc.
7. What have you done to improve your Store manager knowledge in the last year?
a. Answer tips. Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention. Employers look for applicants who are goal-oriented. Show a desire for continuous learning by listing hobbies non-work related. Regardless of what hobbies you choose to showcase, remember that the goal is to prove self-sufficiency, time management, and motivation.
b. Answer samples: Everyone should learn from his mistake. I always try to consult my mistakes with my kith and kin especially with elderly and experienced person. I enrolled myself into a course useful for the next version of our current project. I attended seminars on personal development and managerial skills improvement.