What are the best questions about the conversation opener

How to properly react to it

Do you need a script to help you find a job? Many job interviews run like a script - and you can prepare yourself perfectly for them. bigKARRIERE tells you how!

Question after question

In pretty much every job interview, you hear the same questions: What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? Why did you apply to us? Can you tell us something about yourself? These questions serve as a conversation opener in the job interview. HR managers ask them to warm up and to get to know you better. Whether you get the job in the end depends on your answers.

The 5 most common conversation openers in job interviews - and which answers are popular

1. Can you tell me something about yourself?

Everyone knows this conversation opener in the job interview. HR professionals like to ask the question at the very beginning of the interview. Don't wander too far when answering and concentrate on job-related things. The answer should have a structure, but it doesn't have to be chronological. Ideally, you don't recite your résumé, but neither do you talk too much about private matters.

2. What do you know about our company?

The question is aimed at your preparation. A comprehensive research is a prerequisite. If you do not know the facts, you are sometimes assumed to be lazy. Have a look at the homepage, press material and newspaper articles in order to acquire facts about the company history, the products, projects, philosophy and the figures. Knowing this shows that you are genuinely interested, so make sure to include it in the course of the conversation.