Congratulations, you’ve been selected through to the next stage of the application process.
Although you never know exactly what will come up in a job interview, it’s always a good idea to prepare for the most commonly asked questions.
Interviews are a lot like professional dates right? Confidence is key, the conversation should flow, and at the end both parties will hopefully want to see each other again.
Normally the more you want the job, the more nerve-racking it can be. But we’ve collated the five most common questions in interviews, and how to answer them like you’ve seen a cheat sheet.
What are your biggest strengths, and weaknesses?
Just because it’s a cliched question does not mean you should give a cliche answer. Stay away from “I work too hard” or “I care too much”.
So how can you stand out from the crowd?.
Job listing company, Better Team, have suggested that you should frame your biggest strength with a skill that resonates with the role.
Better Team also say while it is important to be honest about your weaknesses, there are a few traits that are not appropriate, like tardiness, poor attention to detail, and an inability to meet deadlines.
Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]?
Activate investigation mode. According to Forbes, researching the company you’re interviewing for is the best way to tackle this question. So study up, the interviewer wants to see a genuine connection to the role.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
You don’t have to say that you see yourself in the same job that you are applying for.
Indeed, a company that connects employers and employees, suggests establishing your ultimate career goal to show ambition.
Tell me about a time where you overcame a difficult situation?
This has been a popular addition to interviews in recent years.
As with everything, honesty is the best policy. To a certain extent… If you accidentally started a fire at your last job but put it out, maybe don’t use that as an example.
Interview preparation company, Top Interview, say this question is designed to see how applicants handle work pressures and adaptability.
There we have it, our top tips to get you through to the next step in your career.
Yes, always have questions. According to Glassdoor, having a few clear questions prepared at the end of your interview can help set yourself apart from the competition.