Whether you’re going to your first job interview or first in a long while, you need to come prepared for the series of questions you ought to answer. It could be typical questions you’ve heard before while some can be contemporary and suited according to your curriculum vitae. Whatever they ask you, hiring managers will expect you to respond precisely.
There will be generic interview questions and those of which will put you on the spot. This is why you should know what to expect and need to prepare before you walk in a job interview. That doesn’t mean you need to memorize your answer. you only need to make a good first impression and that means delivering strong and wise responses without hesitation.
Don’t fret just yet, we’re here to keep your nerves at bay and help you nail your job interview. Preparation and confidence are the keys to success (not limited to nailing job interviews). Here are the common interview questions to expect during an interview and tips on how you should respond to each.
“Tell me something about yourself”
This is usually the first question the interviewer will ask: “So, tell me something about yourself” It’s a simple question yet a lot of people get fooled by it. Some people fail to prepare for, others may have but fail to construct a good answer.
What qualifies as a good answer, anyway? Answer it as if you’re giving a quick selling pitch about yourself that doesn’t give too much or too little of your employment history, personality, experience, and how to fit you are for the role.
“What do you know about the company?”
You submitted an application to a company, after receiving a job interview invitation, do your homework and learn about the company, what they do, their goal/s, the responsibilities of the job position you applied for, and the works. You ought to know as much about them as they do to you. You don’t want to walk-in blind applying for a position and company that promotes unfavourable work culture and environment, do you?
After learning about them, segway into how their vision and mission related to your own, how you are the perfect fit for the position, and how you and the company can benefit from one another.
“What are your strengths?”
This could sound like a trick question but know that it’s asked to know more about how you present your skills and experiences in that moment. Don’t just answer a one-word ar phrased answer, say what your strengths are and provide examples that showcase them. This is your opportunity to put your skills in the spotlight.
“What are your weaknesses?”
Along with strengths come weaknesses. This question (among others) can put you in either a good or tight spot. So, how do you turn this seemingly negative approach into your advantage?
Determine your weakness, one you’re still working on in improving, and share how you have or plan to overcome it and how it’s a strength in disguise. Be honest with this one as it can give a good impression somehow, knowing that you’re self-aware of your flaws and working to straighten it up.
“Why should we hire you?”
And of course, if you’re asked this question … use it as a chance to highlight things you haven’t been able to touch on.
“Because I need a job” and “Because I’m awesome” won’t cut it—don’t even think one bit about using these not-so-clever remarks. You may think you are more fitting for the job than others but you don’t really know the other candidates, do you?
Focus more on showcasing yourself—your attributes, your willingness to learn, commitment, and desire to get and do the job. Highlight your skills, experiences, and what you can do and beyond for the job and the company.
Candidates fail to maximize this part of the question and answer portion of the interview process. You want to know and examine the company as much as they want on you. Use this opportunity to ask questions related to your concerns and job position.
For instance, you can ask about: their work culture, regarding anything you’ve found out about the company while doing your research, any reason why they wouldn’t hire you, questions about the company or interviewer (i.e. what do you love about the company?) and the list goes on. Ask smart questions, it could score you the job position.
Don’t stress yourself too much and prepare well before our big interview. Good luck!