Interview questions at Amaris

We analyzed 366 interview reviews for Amaris from various job sites, social network groups and forums.

Here are the most frequent job interview questions asked by HR managers during initial phone or onsite interviews. This list does not include technical or factual questions.

12 frequent non-technical questions at Amaris:

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
What are your salary requirements?
Tell me about yourself
Why did you leave your last job?
Describe your dream job
What are your current professional goals?
Do you have any hobbies/special interests?
What's your ideal workplace?
What were your responsibilities in your last job?
What type of industry would you see yourself in?
What is your greatest weakness?
What has been your biggest professional disappointment?

According to our research, hiring managers at Amaris ask soft skills interview questions 12% more than at other companies:

Amaris interview question statistics

1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?top question

How to answer

This question belongs to a family of behavioral, or even more precisely, reflective questions.

The interviewer wants to see whether you are reflective about yourself, whether you are ambitious and strive to grow as a professional, whether you like to learn and develop your skills.

They are also looking for your ambitions to fit the career path opportunities related to the position you are applying for.

  1. About Yourself

    Presumably, you are interested to grow professionally.

    Think about the possibilities that may lie ahead for you: take a personality test (I recommend 16Personalities which is based on Myers-Briggs test), research the internet on what career paths are possible with your skills and current job.

    What challenges do you like overcoming?

    For example, if you are applying for a software tester position, you may find it fascinating to master automated testing in full and eventually become a software engineer, or you may be a natural trainer and love coaching other people which may lead you to become a QA team or department lead, or you may be more interested in understanding business aspects of requirements which may logically lead you into a Business Analyst position.

    However, if you are happy just where you are and want to further your current skills, that is also fine as long as there is a growth path for you that can be imagined and described.

  2. About The Company

    Research the company to learn what career opportunities may be available in the department you are applying to, and what the trends are in the company in general.

    • Is the business expanding, are they opening new locations, or starting new projects?
    • Or are they heavily automating and cutting staff?

    Let’s say you are applying for a UX designer position for a brand-new product.

    In the future, if the product becomes a success - which is what the company hopes for - the company will hire more designers and you may become a lead designer, or you may become a product manager.

    On a side note: If you train your mind to be open to opportunities you will be amazed at how much this world has to offer to you!

  3. About The Fit

    And, of course, try to see where the perfect fit lies between your own potential and aspirations, and the company’s trends and hopes.

    However, beware of the risk of showing too much excitement for future opportunities compared to your attitude towards the current position.

    If you aren’t really excited about the position you are applying for and you demonstrate this lack of enthusiasm, the interviewer may conclude that you are not a good fit for the current position.

    Try to find a source of excitement in the current position as well, otherwise, you may be doing yourself a disservice by applying to a position you will find boring in 2-3 months.

Pro Tip

This question gives you a good opportunity to showcase your Key Selling Points (e.g. “As I am very good at delegating tasks, I can easily see myself leading a team of software testers in the future…”), and end your statement by asking about current initiatives and goals at the company.

It is generally NOT a good idea to say something like:

“Oh, I cannot imagine what happens to me tomorrow, let alone in 5 years”.

This will show you as a person who is unimaginative and not forward-thinking enough to grow with and be a good fit for the company.

Statistics

This question is asked 91% more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

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2. What are your salary requirements?

How to answer

This question seems factual, but it gauges how well you value yourself and how well you know your industry.

This is your opportunity to present yourself as a qualified professional and get a proper salary!

Read on to learn how you can answer this question with confidence, using an analytical approach. The answer may be given as a range or as a single target number.

  1. About Yourself

    The first thing to research is the salary range for your role in the market. What is the industry standard?

    Next, think of your qualifications for the role. Weigh in your traits, skills, education, and experience. Try this exercise, draw a line on a piece of paper where on the left side sits a complete beginner, and on the right side - the best professional in the world the company may try to invite for the role. Where do you position yourself?

    Now, remember that once you start in your new role, your qualifications will be growing fast, due to all the new experience you will be gaining - consequently, your value will rise as well. Your salary, on the other hand, will not increase as quickly. So, try to imagine where your qualifications will bring you, on that scale, in about a year into the new job.

    Map the scale against the industry range. Now you should be able to come up with an objective figure, as opposed to pure speculation.

    This is not real math, however, so your number cannot be very precise, of course. Define a range, which starts with the minimum that will keep you satisfied a few months into the job, and the maximum which, a year into the job, will give you the lifestyle you would ideally like to have at that time.

    Make sure the range stays within 40%-60% between extremes. Remember, the higher the position up the ladder, the wider the range can be. What is the number in the middle? Will you feel comfortable with this number?

  2. About The Company

    Research the company and find out what they are paying. The best places to find this information are Glassdoor, LinkedIn, PayScale and other similar websites.

  3. About The Fit

    Based on your research, does the company fit your desired salary range?

    Now, whether you should be giving a range, or a single target number is a matter of debate. I personally think that a single number, given in a suggestive manner, is better than the range, because when given a range, they may logically gravitate towards the lower end, especially since you’ve said that the lower number is acceptable.

    One example of how to structure your answer of a single target number is this:

    I have done my research and based on the average for the industry, location, and my level of expertise, something like XXX seems reasonable to me. What do you think?

    Besides giving the factual answer that the interviewer is asking for, such an answer will also show you to be someone who takes the initiative, who goes the extra mile, and someone with data-driven and analytical mindset.

Pro Tip

Firstly try asking the interviewer to give you their intended range as budgeted for this role, which is a regular practice in most companies. However, don’t be too evasive and if you see they are not inclined to give you their number, name yours.

Statistics

This question is asked 9.6x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

3. Tell me about yourself

How to answer

This question may sound vague, but it actually requires a matter of fact, concise and relevant answer. Here’s how you can approach it.

  1. About Yourself

    What is your current occupation? Define yourself professionally in one statement.

    Pick 3 key skills that make you great at your work (your Key Selling Points). How have you applied these skills?

    Try to give some numbers to support your statement.

  2. About The Company

    Research the company.

    Based on what you know about the company and the job description, why are you interested in the position you are applying for?

  3. About The Fit

    • Based on your Key Selling Points and your knowledge about the company, why do you think you are a good fit for this position?
    • Can you support your statement with relevant examples from your past experiences?

    Try to be concise and stay within 1-2 minutes.

Pro Tip

You can also end with a question like:

Do you know what the current needs in the company/department are, where my skills and experience can help?"

That can help you learn more about the company and the job, turn the "interrogation" into a conversation and will allow you to relax some tension.

Read our blog post to learn more about how to answer this question.

Statistics

This question is asked 12% less frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

4. Why did you leave your last job?

How to answer

This question may be a little touchy for some people, but it's a question asked by interviewers, to find out why you left, in order to better understand how you may or may not make a good fit with their company.

Remember, never speak ill of your old company (this will not go over well).

  1. About Yourself

    Most likely, there are three possible reasons you left or are leaving your last job:

    • You are looking for a career change
    • You are unhappy with your current employment
    • You were let go.

    Whatever the reason, it's best to always speak in a positive light.

  2. About The Company

    Based on your research about the ompany and the position, what do you like most about the company?

  3. About The Fit

    If you are looking for career advancement or a career change, you can be very upfront and honest. Be as enthusiastic as you can about the position.

    If you were unhappy with your previous job, focus on the positives. Talk about the ways that you will best fit in with the company, in the role for which you're applying.

    If you were let go, focus on the positive. Share your accomplishments at your previous employment.

Pro Tip

Whatever the reason you are looking for a new opportunity, always turn things around to show how you are the perfect fit for the job for which you are interviewing!

Statistics

This question is asked 3.1x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

5. Describe your dream job

How to answer

Hiring managers ask you about your dream job to find out what you're passionate about. They want insight into what motivates you and what your long-term career goals are.

This gives them a better chance to assess how happy you will be at this job and how long you might stay with the company.

It would be a dream come true if you were actually interviewing for your dream job, wouldn't it?

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  1. About Yourself

    Think of your Key Selling Points, those qualities and skills that make you who you are.

    Now consider how they might apply in your dream job. The dream job does not have to be a specific job (although the one you are applying for just might be). Rather, you should think of the kinds of work you want to do and the responsibilities you would like to have and apply your skills, qualities and values to those elements of your dream job.

    For example, let’s say your dream job is to be a labor relations manager, involved with companies and their union workers. Here are some thoughts you would want to ask yourself in preparation for the “Dream Job” question:

    • Do you enjoy solving problems, or mediating conflicts?
    • Do you thrive under pressure?
    • Do you consider yourself a “people person” who likes to engage with clients and others?

    Preparing ahead of time and using your Key selling Points will help you answer the “Dream Job” question and satisfy both the interviewer and you.

  2. About The Company

    Thoroughly read the job description so you have a better understanding of the skills and characteristics the position requires.

    Do your research about the company and the position for which you are applying.

    Try to find out as much as you can about what the company is looking for in an employee, what type of work environment they have and the company’s values.

  3. About The Fit

    Match the top qualities and skills you want in a dream job with your own skills and qualities as well as what the company is looking for.

    Be ready to share some examples of how you have enjoyed utilizing those skills in the past.

    For example, if you are a big fan of numbers and the position requires you to be detail-oriented, you can talk about your dream job being in a position where you can use your passion for numbers and problem-solving.

    Whenever possible, mention your success in this area, using the STAR method.

    Make sure that you do not specify a role, rather keep it open to possibilities. Focus on the characteristics and not the position.

Pro Tip

The key to answering this question is to convey your long-term interest in achieving your dream job, without overshadowing your interest in the job you’re applying for.

Statistics

This question is asked 11.6x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

6. What are your current professional goals?

How to answer

This question is your chance to show yourself as a focused and results-oriented person (and this is exactly who you are, aren’t you?)

  1. About Yourself

    Define up to 3 goals. Think about each goal:

    • Why is it important to you?
    • What are you doing to achieve it?

    Imagine a company where you would like to work, ideally. How can working in that company help you achieve your goal? And what about the opposite - how can the company benefit from your reaching your goal?

  2. About The Company

    Based on the research you did on the company, what are their current goals and initiatives? How would its goals and initiatives help lead you to achieve your goals?

  3. About The Fit

    From your list of goals choose the one with the most synergy between yourself and the company. Explain how your professional passions will help the company achieve its success.

    Craft your story around these 4 points:

    • The Why: Why is this goal important to you, what makes it so exciting?
    • The What: What steps are you taking to reach your goal?
    • What’s in it for you? How can this company and job role help you reach your goal?
    • What’s in it for them? How can the company benefit?

Pro Tip

Try to validate your assumptions by asking the interviewer what they think.

For example, you can end your answer with this question: “And do you know what current goals the company/department is trying to achieve?”

It can help you learn more about the company and the job, turn the "interrogation" into a conversation and will allow you to relax some tension.

Statistics

This question is asked 4.3x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

7. Do you have any hobbies/special interests?

How to answer

The question about hobbies or special interests may seem unimportant and unrelated only at first glance.

Why do interviewers ask this question? They want to learn more about the applicant as a person, not just as an employee. They need to get a sense of your ability to balance your work and personal life.

When considering a large number of applicants, how you answer the question about hobbies or special interests may even become a decisive factor in hiring.

The answer to this question may often tell the interviewer how personal qualities can affect employee productivity in the future. Therefore, it is necessary to think it over in advance.

  1. About Yourself

    • What are your interests and what can they say about you?
    • What brings you joy and gives you energy?

    Surely you have at least one item from a list of common activities such as traveling, volunteering, community service, charity work, sports, hiking or playing chess. Maybe you are good at creative arts like writing, music, painting or crafts. Cooking or gardening can also be mentioned.

    Think about the interests you enjoy the most and if they are relevant to the job you are applying for, all the better.

    Don’t just list them, talk in more depth about each and the transferrable skills you have gained. Among them may be planning and organization skills, creative thinking and problem solving, adaptability or patience.

  2. About The Company

    Do your research about the company. Read carefully the “About Us” page of their website and job description.

    Compare their company culture and values to the ones you embrace in your extracurricular hobbies and interests. Take note especially if they participate in charities.

    Even if yours and theirs don’t exactly match, it will still allow you to make clear connections between your interests and those of your interviewer.

    If you know exactly who you will be interviewed by - find his/her profile on social networks – it will be a more successful interview if you have some common interests.

  3. About The Fit

    Make your hobby or interest your advantage.

    For example, if applying for a position as a translator, mention that in your free time you like to translate new songs and send them to popular websites or, tell about your passion for reading novels or writing your own stories in those languages.

    If you are applying for a job in gaming, you might mention your passion for certain video games.

    Applying to be an IT project manager? Talk about how you started a book club and regularly feature books related to IT innovation and transformation.

    Be ready to discuss the activities that prepare you for training, tasks and other workplace successes.

Pro Tip

Whatever hobby or interest you choose to highlight during your job interview, remember to focus on the positive qualities you possess in order to be successful at it.

Avoid speaking about hobbies that are related to politics or other taboo topics. Stick to mentioning interests that are relatively uncontroversial and keep it professional.

Statistics

This question is asked 5.4x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

8. What's your ideal workplace?

How to answer

This question has everything to do with the topic of culture: the interviewer is trying to understand whether you, as a candidate, are a good cultural fit for the company.

On the other hand, you want to know how closely this potential workplace corresponds with your expectations.

You don’t want to find yourself in an extremely challenging and, possibly, hostile environment, right?

  1. About Yourself

    To help you better picture what your ideal workplace should look like, ask yourself the following questions:

    • What do I need to be happy at my workplace?
    • What would be the physical environment I would most enjoy working in?
    • What am I passionate about? What motivates me?
    • What impact does my work have on the world?
    • Does my work support me enough (including income, vacation, health plan)?
    • Can I build strong, friendly, and quality relationships with my colleagues?
    • What opportunities does my work give me personally and professionally?

    Name a few key points that describe the working environment which are most important to you. You can come up with your own, or choose the top 3-4 from the list below:

    • working in a team or independently
    • stability
    • caring
    • learning new things
    • agility
    • creative atmosphere or competitive atmosphere
    • friendly
    • flat structure
    • hierarchical structure
    • modern
    • conservative
    • clear directions
    • initiative is encouraged.

    Similarly, list the qualities in the workplace that you find highly frustrating.

    These may be either things you find totally unacceptable (e.g. abuse of power by management, harassment etc.) and would walk away from, or things that you consider destructive but you can turn them around (e.g. “I think demotivated employees are bad for the workplace, but as a manager, one of my key skills is to promote engagement and encourage employees”).

  2. About The Company

    Do your research about the company.

    Study available information about the company’s culture and its mission.

    • How does the company value its employees and how do the employees value one another?
    • What relations do they have with their customers and suppliers?
    • There may be certain pain points in the company; do you think you can tolerate them, or maybe even help turn them around?
  3. About The Fit

    If 3-4 (or even more) key points from your working environment list correspond with the company’s culture, there is most likely a good cultural fit.

    If you are able to, explain to the interviewer how your skills can help alleviate some cultural pain points that may exist in the company. Give an example.

Pro Tip

Optionally, you can end with a question like

Do you think such responsibilities will be part of this position?"

That can help you learn more about the company and the job, turn the "interrogation" into a conversation, and will allow you to relax some tension.

Statistics

This question is asked 22.5x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

9. What were your responsibilities in your last job?

How to answer

This is a good opportunity to demonstrate that you have experience or knowledge suitable for the job you are applying for.

Even if you have never done exactly this specific kind of job, usually you should be able to name a few “transferable” skills that you used in your previous work assignments that are quite easily applicable to the position you are applying for.

  1. About Yourself

    Remember your last (or current) job and compile a list of things you had to do while working there.

    If you don’t know where to start, picture your typical working day at one of your previous jobs, or college day if you are applying for your first job ever.

    Describe the categories of tasks in bullet points. Then, try to remember the less ordinary tasks you had to do as well, and add them to the list.

  2. About The Company

    Research the company and the job description.

    • What do you expect to be doing in this job?
    • How would your performance be measured?

    List a few items in bullet points.

  3. About The Fit

    Choose a few task categories that seem like a match between your experience and the requirements of the current position. Think of a couple of relevant examples to illustrate your experience.

    Craft your stories using the STAR method.

Pro Tip

Optionally, you can end with a question like “Does this correspond with the expectations for this role? Could you give me an example of what is expected from a successful candidate within the first, say, 3 months?"

That can help you learn more about the company and the job, turn the "interrogation" into a conversation and will allow you to relax some tension.

Statistics

This question is asked 2.5x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

10. What type of industry would you see yourself in?

How to answer

Although this is a question similar to “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”, it is rarely asked of an experienced job candidate applying for a specific job.

For example, if someone is applying for the position of an accounting manager in a bank, the bank’s hiring manager would have no reason to ask this question.

Who then might ask “What type of industry would you see yourself in?”

It might be a recruiter or job counselor working with recent college graduates.

The answer to this question will help the interviewer point the individual to jobs in the industry they have chosen.

What about an experienced candidate who would like to take her talents to a new arena? Who might ask this question?

Well, that experienced candidate might well ask the question of herself. Perhaps she is the accountant in the example above who wants to work in Healthcare instead of Banking.

Recruiters might also ask this question of a candidate who is looking to change industries.

  1. About Yourself

    Are you looking for a change to a different industry from the one you are presently in?

    Perhaps you have extensive experience as a project manager in telecommunications, but you have always been passionate about the environment and see yourself thriving and growing in the Environmental Care sector.

    Perhaps a change in the industry, and not in the job itself would be a great career move for you.

  2. About The Company

    In this case, you are more focused on the industry rather than a specific company.

    However, you should still do research on a company or companies that are in this industry to learn as much about this work sector as you can.

    Research several companies that you may want to work for.

    Look closely at job descriptions posted on their websites. Are there jobs listed for positions within these companies that might be a fit for you?

  3. About The Fit

    Many jobs require similar skills and abilities regardless of the industry.

    A CPA is not locked into working only for an accounting firm. People who hold this certification work in a variety of industries including telecommunications, healthcare, aerospace, and many others.

    If you wish to bring your talents to a new arena, you have to determine where you would best fit in and what offers the best opportunity for growth and satisfaction.

    Review your Key Selling Points to see if you have to update your hard skills to meet your new industry standards for the position you are interested in.

Pro Tip

Remember, changing industries may present you with a whole range of new challenges. You will best be able to meet them by applying your personal qualities, as well as your soft and hard skills to the job at hand.

Succeeding at a new job in a new industry is up to you and with Mr. Simon's help, you will do it!

Statistics

This question is asked 40.0x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

11. What is your greatest weakness?

How to answer

This question ranks as the most challenging for many people. Fortunately, Mr. Simon is here to help!

Interviewers ask this question to gauge your level of self-awareness, your honesty and openness, and your capability for self-improvement.

  1. About Yourself

    No one is perfect and your interviewer doesn't expect you to be perfect either.

    While it is good to be honest and open, it will not help you to put yourself down.

    What's important is to find a weakness that you have overcome or something that is not related to the position for which you are applying.

    For example, one of our clients admitted that he is not very good at public speaking and that he has recently become a member of Toastmasters International to improve. What a respectful answer and approach, in my view!

  2. About The Company

    Research the company (website, social media, etc) to learn about the company culture.

    What personal and professional qualities do they value?

  3. About The Fit

    It is important that the weakness you decide to talk about is not one that will prevent you from performing the job for which you're applying.

    For example, if you're applying for a front-end developer position, do not talk about how you are struggling to understand HTML code.

Pro Tip

Use this question to sell yourself!

It's important to show how well you've overcome a weakness by motivating yourself and learning a new skill to grow professionally.

Statistics

This question is asked 70% less frequently at Amaris than at other companies.

12. What has been your biggest professional disappointment?

How to answer

Interviewers ask this kind of question to understand how you perceived and dealt with adversity.

They are looking for how you handled the situation and what you may have learned from the experience.

  1. About Yourself

    Take a little time to understand what you were feeling and why you were feeling that way when you were disappointed in the workplace.

    Select something significant in your professional life where someone or something didn’t meet your expectations.

    • What did you do to handle it?
    • What professional learning have you acquired?
    • What would your approach be if a similar situation repeats itself in the future?
  2. About The Company

    Research the company and its culture; review the job description, as it will list the skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the job.

    Browse the company’s website, blog and LinkedIn profile for previous projects, achievements and client testimonials. Read news articles about the organization and online employee reviews of the company.

  3. About The Fit

    Use the STAR method to discuss a work-related disappointment.

    It is best to avoid an example that's closely related to the responsibilities of the job for which you are applying.

    If possible, the situation you describe should be one that was something that was beyond your control.

    Be positive about the experience and accept any personal responsibility you may have had, if applicable. This quality is highly valued at any job.

    Show acceptance and no negative feelings. There is nothing wrong with admitting to having professional disappointments; you will be seen as an honest and confident candidate.

    Discuss a disappointment in the context of a learning experience, describing your approaches to dealing with the challenges and, if possible, relate them to the new company’s culture.

    The following is an example of a professional disappointment and how it was handled:

    “The team that I led was tasked with developing a system needed to account for new sales in the EU. The team worked diligently for over 6 months, and the project was nearly complete when the company pulled the plug due to budget constraints and a change in direction requested by our strategic partners in France and Germany. Although initially disappointed, my director and I worked with senior management to scale back the original scope of the project and successfully redirected it for a more targeted use by our US and Canadian units. We were able to turn a disappointment into a positive.”

Pro Tip

Every company wants its team to see challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.

Convince the potential employer that you possess that mentality through this answer, and you will have won this round.

If you are someone who has persevered in the most challenging and uncertain of times, then you have what it takes to help the new company do the same.

Statistics

This question is asked 26.5x more frequently at Amaris than at other companies.


This page has been updated on July 18, 2020.

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