When it comes to job interviews, preparation is the name of the game, and can mean the difference between nailing it or failing it. Prepare yourself for these common questions and approach your next interview with the staunch confidence of a runway model.
Tell us about yourself...
Likely to be first off the bat, this question is your chance to set the bar high and make a good first impression. The interviewer doesn’t want your life story, but instead your “elevator pitch”, so focus on your best relevant accomplishments and strengths, and how they put you in good stead for the role.
What is your greatest weakness?
They don’t mean your penchant for Ben & Jerry’s and Kardashian marathons, when they ask this question interviewers are looking to gauge your self-awareness. Answer carefully so as not to cast any doubt on your ability to do the job, but be authentic to show you can be honest with yourself and know the areas where you have room to improve. Focus on professional traits that are not crucial for the role and mention any skills you are currently working on. Use this question as an opportunity to show that you are committed to further learning and development to reach your professional goals.
What do you know about the company?
Look beyond the company’s LinkedIn page when doing your research and learn about their values and philosophies. Perhaps their ethics align with your own, prompting you to apply for the job? Being prepared when this question comes up demonstrates that you’re organised, and shows not only your interest in the job, but in the employer as well.
Why should we hire you?
Like the other candidates, you’re qualified for this position, but the interviewer wants to know what makes you the best person for the job. What skills do you have that would benefit the company? You won’t know who you are up against but focus on what makes you different and sets you apart from the crowd. Convince them that you’ll be a great addition to the team, will deliver exceptional results, and having you on board will make their life easier.
Do you have any questions for us?
This question is a great opportunity to turn the tables on your interviewer and ask them about their experience with the company. What is their favourite part about working there? What drew them to this particular role? This is the perfect way to gain insight into the culture of the company first-hand to get a feel for what it would be like to work there. As well as the interviewer making sure you’re the right candidate for the job, you’ll want to make sure the job is a good fit for you and what you want. Also, it can be seen as a red flag to recruiters that you may not be interested in the role if you don't ask any questions.
Being prepared for your interview will have you feeling more confident and relaxed on the day, which will shine through and help leave a lasting impression. Stay positive and believe that you will ace it. To be prepared is half the victory. Good luck!
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