A successful interview is crucial to getting your dream job, or even an interim job on the road to your dream job! Always take the time to prepare for the interview process so that you can make the best possible impression on your potential employer. One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to practice answering all of the interview questions you might get asked. We’ve got some pointers on answering common interview questions to help get you started!
Tell me something about yourself...
Being asked to talk about yourself is common in an interview, so perfecting your response to this is essential! This is an invitation to share whatever you can to help the interviewer understand who you are and why you would be a good candidate for the position. This is your chance to stand out against the other applicants. Let your interviewer know what you have to offer by highlighting your skills, achievements, and qualifications.
Why should we hire you?
When asked this question, you should try to make the interviewer feel like they will miss out on a talented and hardworking candidate if they do not hire you. To prepare for this question, research the company you are going for an interview with and during the interview, discuss at least three important skills you have that will be beneficial to their company.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Employers don’t need to hear your explanation on how you plan to climb the corporate ladder. Instead, focus on a single answer: in five years you want to have made a significant contribution to the company. Consider how you can achieve this, through explaining how your skills and knowledge will benefit the company.
Why do you want to work here?
When this question is raised, employers want to know how you will fit into the company and if you are passionate about working with them. Prepare a genuine response to this question. For example, you want to be able to develop your skills and learn from others. This will help your interviewer understand how you perceive the company and if you are interested in working for them.
What is your greatest strength/weakness?
Your greatest strength should always be a skill or experience that is useful for the company or position that you are applying for. Stop explaining how good you are at scrabble unless it is a requirement for the job!
Explaining your greatest weakness can be difficult because it means you are telling a potential employer something negative about yourself. It is important to consider your answer to this question wisely, and inform your interviewer that you are doing your best to overcome your weakness.
How do people describe you?
This is another opportunity to set yourself apart from other applicants. Most people will claim to be a team-player, hard worker, and a great communicator. Still, many human resource managers want to hear words such as game-changer, problem solver, and industry leader. Be creative and mention attributes that are unique but still crucial for the job you are applying to.
What do you know about us?
This is actually a small test question that you should be prepared for during interviews. Candidates who have done their homework should be able to explain what the company is all about, such as the services and products that they provide.
When can you start?
It is always important to be honest when asked this question. Perhaps you are still employed and will not be available for a week or two. If that is the case, discuss the process of your transition from your old company to your new one.
Why did you quit your last job?
This is typically a tough question which you may need to hurdle during your interview. The best way to answer this question is to keep it short. For example, “I had to relocate” or “family reasons.”
Do you have any questions?
Many job hunters often fail to understand that this is an opportunity to learn more about the company. Good candidates know that this question is another opportunity to shine. Some questions you can ask your interviewer are:
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
- What are the keys to success in this job?
- Are there chances of promotions?
- What is a typical work day?
- Who does this job report to?
- Is there travel associated with this job?
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