To truly prepare for your job interview, you should study up on all of the possible questions that you may be asked and figure out great answers for each of them. Unfortunately, this can take a lot of time and effort. So to help you out, here are quick pieces of advice to use as a reference for the top five most popular interview questions.
1. Tell Me About Yourself
The employer simply wants to see how you answer this question. Prepare an answer ahead of time that focuses solely on your professional history. Leave your personal life, your youth, etc. completely out of the answer.
2. What are Your Greatest Weaknesses?
This is not a trick question, but it does not need an honest answer. Your greatest weakness should be something “not that bad,” and you should follow it up with what you have already done to help change it (using specific examples).
3. Why Should We Hire You?
This question is designed to see how much confidence you have in yourself and your abilities. Prepare an answer that highlights your best qualities and do your best not to show any doubt that you are the right person for the position.
4. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?
Unfortunately you may need to provide an honest answer, but try to spin your answer in a way that is not too negative. If layoffs occurred, mention that the company was struggling. If you were fired for poor quality work, perhaps mention that you had different career goals (or whatever contributed to your poor work ethic). Smile when you answer this question and be sure that you do not focus on the negatives.
5. Why Do You Want to Work Here?
This question is testing your knowledge of the company. Don’t focus on the role itself. Focus instead on what the company’s future is, the projects they are currently working on, and why you believe that you would be an asset.
Interview Preparation is Vital
This represents just a small sample of the vast number of job interview questions available. That is why it is so important that you prepare thoroughly for your job interview by studying interview questions and coming up with quality answers.
Take Away Interview Tips
- Learn what interview questions you might encounter.
- Study the best ways to answer them.