Interviews can be very tough – even for the most competent job hunter. You need to come across as enthusiastic, professional and confident, but you also need to know that what you say will have a massive effect on whether you get the job.
So take a look at some of the most common questions that come up in interviews and how to answer them.
Tell me about yourself
This is usually the icebreaker that interviewers love to use. The thing to remember with this question is that they do not want your life story. Choose around four points about yourself that you feel are relevant to the role. The points could include skills you have developed, qualifications, work experience or passion for your career. Practising this answer can give a great first impression.
Why do you want to work for [company name]?
Try to resist the temptation of saying “I want a job” or “for the money.” Even though these statements might be true – they’re probably not the best answers to help you get the position. Do your homework, learn about the company and tell them what parts of their company have impressed you enough to apply.
Why should we hire you?
First, try to make it clear that you meet all of the job requirements. Then back them up by giving examples of how you have demonstrated those skills. To top it off, give them examples of how you have proactively discovered and help solve a problem. This will let your potential employer know you are a positive self-starter – just the sort of person they want at their company.
What are your strengths?
This question gives you the opportunity to let the interviewer know why you are better than all of the other candidates that applied for the job. Match your strengths with the job requirements and always back them up with examples. Let them know how you solved your previous employers problems.
What are your weaknesses?
This can be one of the most of the most difficult questions to answer if you’re not prepared. Be truthful about your weakness, but explain how you are taking steps to overcome that weakness. You can give examples of past weaknesses too!
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