10 Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
10. Tell us about yourself?
This is the perfect way for the interviewer to assess your personality, attitude and temperament. It’s the first impression upon them but do not get carried away talking about personal details. Keep your response between 2-3 minutes and try to make your answer relevant to the position that you seek in the company rather than dwelling on unnecessary jabber about your life.
9. What are your major weaknesses?
Everyone has weaknesses and rather than lie or point out shortcomings, try to frame your strengths as weaknesses. If you are looking for jobs in companies that values specifics for example, it can help to say that you are a meticulous person that gets fussy about matters. You can even confess about your downsides but not without detailing how you overcame them.
8. What do you consider your greatest achievements?
If they are interested about your weaknesses it is no doubt they will want to learn about your biggest achievement. Instead of gloating about countless trophies in your home, mention achievements that are relevant to the position. Problem solving skills are very appealing to companies involved in troubleshooting and you could state how you helped solve nagging problems in the past. Quantifying results is more effectives in impressing the panel of interviewers.
7. Why did you leave your last job?
Your potential employer will always want to know our reasons for leaving your last job. No matter how many complaints you have about it though, do not dwell on them too much. This question is usually meant to weigh your expectations and if the interviewer feels you left just because you were unhappy, it might make the impression that you will not be committed to the new job.
6. Why would you like to work for us?
When they question your reasons for interest in working for them, keep your answer in line with the company’s values. If its core value is integrity, do not hesitate to mention your believe in the trait, hence your desire to work there. You do not have to lie but rather, honestly look for aspects of the company that you like most and point them out to the interviewer.
5. Why did you apply for this position?
This question is often followed by another asking why you applied for that position. The interviewer asking such a question wants a guarantee of commitment to the job above the need for a regular paycheck. It will not help your situation if you give the impression that you were fired or are desperate for money. To give an appropriate answer, search your heart for the reasons you want to work in that company. Knowing this, you can tailor your answer to match the company’s culture. Those interested in customer service because they love being around people for example, should mention it to make the interviewers believe that they are valuable assets.
4. What do want to achieve in the next 5 years?
Another commitment question is concerned about where you want to be in five years. Your response shows the interviewer whether you are committed to the job and reliable for the long haul. It should assure the panel that your goals are in line with those of their organization for a higher chance at getting the job. This calls for research into company’s future prospects to make sure they match your ambitions.
3. Why should we hire you?
You will definitely face the question of why you should be hired and not another applicant. Point out your skills and their relevance to the job and do not fear if you are not as skilled as other candidates. If in such a situation, do not be intimidated but instead answer confidently and portray yourself as a motivated, energetic person who is ready to commit to their work while improving your skills.
2. How much pay do you expect?
Perhaps the most challenging question is about your salary expectations and while it should only be discussed in later stages, interviewers ask it hoping that you could yield and set a benchmark. The negative result of this is that you might end up making less than is worth. Research the salary range for the position and when asked give a slightly larger sum. You might also counter by asking the panel about the salary of that position. Only negotiate salary when the job is offered as then you will have higher edge.
1. Do you have any questions?
Finally the employer asks whether you have questions for them. At this point ask a question or make a comment to show your interviewer that you are proactive and keen on the job. This is the perfect time to see whether there are any reservations about hiring you. Ask openly and listen calmly to critics as you gather information about this potential workplace.