The first job interview is coming up and you're already panicking. This is mostly due to the fear of the "mean" questions that are often asked. We explain why these questions are asked and what your interviewer expects from these questions.
With this question, your counterpart does not expect a detailed report of your journey. This question is intended to reduce tension and create an introduction to the interview. Your answer should not be too detailed but should give the impression that you have thought about the journey in advance.
Our suggestion is: "Yes, I looked at the route beforehand and arrived quite relaxed by train/car/bike."
In your answer, you should concentrate on the essentials. It's best to use your résumé as a guide and point out highlights that are relevant to the position you're applying for. Your interviewer can draw further conclusions about you from the way you talk about your experience. For example, whether you have enjoyed your previous tasks and whether you are motivated. Feel free to mention activities that you enjoy and are passionate about.
Self-reflection is required here! This question is often asked to learn more about you and the way you work. Indirectly, it asks about strengths and weaknesses. Since you are describing yourself from the perspective of a friend, you can answer in a more differentiated way and with less professional reference. Nevertheless, you should give reasons for your answers and preferably give an example: "My friend would describe me as helpful. When someone is moving to a different place, I always help out and lend a hand." It's best to think about adjectives and characteristics before your interview that will also be helpful and in demand in your future job.
Here, too, your counterpart wants to know whether you can reflect on yourself and have dealt with your strengths and weaknesses. Your strengths should help you in your job and your weaknesses should not negatively influence your work. A computer scientist with a weakness in math is not welcome. If you address your weaknesses, you will optimally provide the appropriate solution and show that you are working on them.
Our suggestion: "I sometimes have a hard time getting organized, but since I've been writing to-do lists and maintaining my calendar, I don't have any problems anymore."
With this question, your interviewer alludes to three aspects:
What drives you and what are your goals? People who have a goal in mind are more motivated and passionate about their work.
Do you fit into the company? Only if there are points of intersection between you and the goals and demands of the company will there be a long-term professional future together.
Do you see yourself still working for the company in five years? The company is naturally interested in keeping candidates with the company for as long as possible in order to avoid constant rehiring.
Our tips and suggestions are examples that do not necessarily apply to all situations and interviews. They are intended to give you an insight and help you prepare well.