Ace Seven Common Interview Questions
You did it! You managed to score an interview with a company you’re really interested in! Now, you’re feeling a bit nervous. Maybe it’s your first interview, or maybe you’ve only had a few. For some, the interview process never gets easier. Hopefully, this article can help you ease your anxiety a bit. Below are some questions that an interviewer might ask you depending on your circumstances. Be very careful about how you answer them, and you may just have yourself a golden ticket to a fantastic job!
1. The Tell Us About Yourself Question
When an interviewer asks you this question, what they are really interested in isn’t about you as a person, but the qualities you bring to the table as an employee and how you can be an asset to the company. Answer this question in a professional manner. Talk about how you’re passionate about the job, give an overview of your years of experience, and mention what your strengths are as well as what types of assignments you excel in. Sell yourself to the interviewer.
2. Tell Me Your Biggest Strength/Weakness
Do not say anything negative or overly cocky about yourself. The key is to say something about yourself that isn’t truly a flaw or can be seen as both a strength and a weakness. For example, saying that you are eager to be liked can be a strength because you go above and beyond what is required of you to be recognized, but it may also be a weakness because you are hard on yourself when you don’t meet expectations. Choose your answer very carefully.
3. I See a Gap On Your Resume… Can You Explain That?
A gap on your resume doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but there are a few things you shouldn’t say when responding. Don’t blame your gap on being unable to find work. Don’t blame it on other people. Don’t act like it is a weakness. If you studied abroad, homeschooled your children, were doing missionary work, or volunteering for a period of time, use those experiences as strengths. Talk about the skills you learned that translate to the job you’re applying for.
4. You Didn’t Stay At Your Last Job Very Long, Why?
This is a tricky question because if you didn’t have a good experience or there were personal conflicts, it would be completely natural to vent here. However, that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do. Only say positive things about your previous employer or consider your chances of getting this job over. Try to tie in the work you did to the work you want to do at this new company. If there is more room for advancement at this company, or they have a job that you feel is better suited to your strengths, say so.
5. Why Do You Want to Work Here?
This question is designed to make you share your knowledge of the company you’re interviewing with. You can talk about what you read online about the company, how you appreciate their mission statement, how their work is important to you, etc. Give genuine, heartfelt reasons as to why you’re interested in working there.
6. Do You Have Any Questions For Me?
Never say no to this question. Always have questions on hand. The interviewer wants you to have questions. If the company is creating a new software, ask about the progress of it. Ask about what you’ll be doing on a daily basis and what their expectations are in terms of performance. Make a list of questions before you interview and memorize them. Always be prepared.
7. You’re A Recent Graduate. Why Should I Hire You?
It’s hard to get a job if you don’t have experience, but it doesn’t mean you can’t one at all. You may have to search harder than some, and you might not start exactly where you want to, but experience is invaluable no matter when you get it. Don’t view your lack of experience as a weakness. Talk about your volunteer work, transferrable skills that you developed in college, or part-time jobs you’ve had.
Everyone has to start somewhere. Employers understand that.