The UAE job market continues to grow, which is a good news for job seekers waiting for lucrative career opportunities. It is recognized as one of the top global destinations for finding a career, but due to fierce competition, it is no more a cakewalk to crack a job interview in the UAE. Whether you will get a job or not majorly depends on how you prepare for your job interview.
Today’s employers believe in hiring the best talents. Therefore, their interview questions are not limited to the same obsolete set of interview questions. Rather, they want to explore more in hiring potential employees by asking unique questions.
It’s not difficult to nail common interview questions like ‘Tell me about yourself’ or ‘Why should we hire you?’ Here you need to take a look at what you should be prepared for if you wish to ace a job interview with employers in Dubai.
Different Type of Interview Questions Asked by UAE Employers
Top global companies like Microsoft and Google are famous for asking unusual questions to shortlist the candidates for job offers. These employers know that preparing and answering common interview questions is not a big deal. All they want to see in their future employees is how smart and out-of-the-box ideas they can share to answer the oddball questions. Some of the typical unique questions asked are like:
— Which color reflects your personality?
— How would you fit a giraffe into a refrigerator?
If you are able to share really interesting and original thoughts, you can earn a brownie point.
Case study questions were first introduced by management consulting firms in their interviews, but now these are popularly used by many recruiters in different industries. These case questions are designed to test candidate’s problem-solving ability, creativity and reasoning skills. Since these questions are mainly related to a business problem, there are no set ‘right-wrong’ answers for them. Instead, how clearly you explain your argument while discrediting all other possibilities is what brings success in case questions.
While the type of case questions varies depending on the sector, such as consulting, healthcare or IT, but a typical question can be as complex as:
— How many smartphone users are there in Dubai?
— What would be your marketing strategy to open a new store for our ABC product in a foreign country?
For answering such questions, it is vital that you reach an estimate through a structured thought process. For instance, for the first question, taking an estimate of the total population can be a logical approach to reach your answer. How you solve these case questions is more crucial than the answer itself. On its basis, the employer can decide how suitable you are for the organization and the job opening.
The category name clearly defines that these are a set of questions that present a hypothetical situation. The simple idea is to assess the candidate’s attitude and aptitude to respond to a particular challenge.
This category of questions mostly relate to “What would you do if this happens…?”, for example:
— If you were a superhero for a day, what powers would you want to possess?
— If you were given powers to go invisible, what would you do and why?
— How would you react or handle a situation where your boss and you disagree about a course of action?
The interviewer may present a hypothetical situation related to a workplace scenario, project or unnatural situation to see your response. One tip to handle such questions is to understand the company’s culture and try to tweak your answer in a way that the employer can also relate your answer in line with the organization’s work style. Choose this opportunity to highlight your skills, values, and knowledge by giving a well-thought answer. For this, read the core competencies mentioned in the job description and use them wisely in your answers.
Most of the companies hiring for technical or scientific role gauge their candidate’s abilities by asking analytical or mathematical questions. These questions are typically brain teasers and can be like:
— Find next number in the sequence
— Find the series or missing value
Such questions not only verify your ability to crunch numbers but also demonstrate your logical thinking to reach a particular answer. The best trick to crack such questions is to understand the data, explore it, and put is through the validation.
Behavioral questions are commonly asked to assess a candidate’s performance in the previous job and how suitable you could be for the future role by asking to share a situation that demonstrates a specific skill required for the new position. Most of the questions are straight-forward and related to:
— Describe the responsibilities you shared in the previous role
— Describe how you managed a particular situation or challenge at work
— What was the result or outcome of your action plan?
How you answer such questions demonstrates your commitment, leadership, initiatives, teamwork and other important behavioral traits.
Oddball or unusual interview questions are used by employers to verify a number of things about the job candidate, such as their creativity, reasoning skills, out-of-the-box thinking, and the ability to stay calm and face the unexpected. Be prepared and welcome such questions with a pleasant smile and confidence.
All the best!