Nine Common Interview Questions and How to Tackle Them

Nine Common Interview Questions and How to Tackle Them

Let’s be honest.

For the most of us, interviews are scary. Especially the questions that require you to prove yourself.

The following are the most common interview questions and how to tackle them with style.

 

1. “Tell me about yourself”

In 30 seconds, tell them who you are, what you’re passionate about and what kind of role you’re seeking.

Only discuss information about you that matches the post you are being considered for.

Example:

“I’m a passionate risk taker who wants to make a dent in the universe. I hope to achieve that through this company, and I do (state your role).”

 

2. “What’s your greatest weakness?”

Don’t try to pick a strength and downplay it to a weakness i.e. “I’m a perfectionist. I need to get it right all the time”

Instead, be sincere.

Pick something that you need to improve on, identify how you’re getting over it and if that paved the way for some other skill to be developed.

Specify an event that happens regularly in your line of work and how it relates to you overcoming your weakness.

Example:

“I feel I am not as creative as I should be, but whenever I run out of ideas, I go to sites like Inc for some inspiration. I also check out Quora to look at the questions posed by users to get more ideas.”

 

3. “Why should we hire you?”

This is where the principle of persuasion comes in.

What the question really means is “tell me why you are the one”

There are two ways to play this question:

  • You tell them your strengths in their language (this tip is gold for any business transaction)

For example:

“You should hire me because I know what it’s like to have a wrong member in the team. What you want is somebody who is excited about the work that’s happening here, the willingness to learn and not afraid to fail……”

  • You make a power move and throw the question back at them

For example:

“I would love to answer your question but I would like to know what was it about my application that made you consider me in the first place?”

This move may offend some and impress some.

 

4. “What’s your impression of me?”

Here – the question is designed to understand how objective you can be and be smart about it.

Take a moment and notice what the interviewer is doing and how he or she conducts him or herself.

Be constructive and not judgmental.

 

5. “What will you do if you don’t get this job?”

Remain unfazed.

Show them you have a plan B and that you will continue to pursue other opportunities for growth.

 

6. “How long do you intend to stay?”

Use this short and sweet answer:

“I intend to stay as long as I’m engaged and productive with my job, team members, and company.”

 

7. “What can you offer as a fresh grad?”

Energy, tech-savviness, optimism and creativity.

Tell your success stories in school and quantity them – money earned, the number of people touched, etc.

 

8. “Why did you leave your last job?”

Don’t be fooled into trash-talking your former employer.

Instead, tell them that you were ready for a change. That you believed that the right thing to do was to leave the job to allow someone else was in it for the long haul to step in and to allow yourself some time to figure out your next move.

 

9. “Do you have any questions for me?”

Don’t say there are no questions and refrain from asking about the salary.

Your job at this point is to give them the best first impression you can give and wow them.

If you make them want you badly enough, they will offer you the higher end of the salary to avoid losing you.

Ask instead “Why does this role matter to the growth of the company?”

“What is expected of me in my first 90 days?”

“What is the main metric I will be measured by?”

Questions like these show the interviewer that you are not just another desperate job seeker looking for a paycheck.

Instead, you will appear to them as someone who has a clear direction, the right mindset and the right attitude in adding value to others.

 

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This post was written by Ben Sim from iPrice group.

Job Interview Dress Code

Job Interview Dress Code

Have you ever asked what you should wear in your job interview? Have you ever asked what dress codes mean when you hear them? Well, worry no more because here is a guide that will help you dress for success in your next job interview.

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Top 10 Things to Bring to Job Interview

Top 10 Things to Bring to Job Interview

So you got selected for a job interview? Well, congratulations your hard work has paid off! You might think it’s time to celebrate but wait, not yet. You still have to prepare in acing your interview. Apart from knowing how to answer the interview questions and bringing your confidence, here is a checklist of the top ten things you should bring to your job interview:

10 Things to Bring to Job Interview

  1. Direction/Map. Do you know the exact location of the company? Go and search the company’s location in Google Map and print a copy for yourself. You can also try visiting the location before your big day so you will know your route and you can measure the traveling time.
  2. Identification card & social security card. Never forget an ID when you are going to an interview because most companies — especially big companies — have a strict No ID, no entry policy. On the other hand, you need your social security card in case you are asked to complete an application on the spot.
  3. Extra resume and cover letter copies. Hiring officers sometimes misplace resumes and cover letters (since there are lots of applicants applying for the position), but sometimes they are just testing how prepared the applicant is. This is why you should bring an extra copy of your resume and cover letter. Do not miss the chance to impress and prove to the hiring officer that you are the best person for the job. Always remember that simple things matter.
  4. Professional references sheet. Even though you are not required to bring your references on your first interview, bringing it with you will show the hiring manager that you have done your homework.
  5. Career portfolio / sample works. If you are applying as a graphic designer or a job that requires sample works, you should bring with you a career portfolio or a proof of your competence.
  6. Written questions  and business card. Asking questions after your interview will show that you are really interested to get the job. It will also set you apart from the herd of applicants. Other thing that you should bring is your business card. Offer your business card and if you can, ask for the business card of the hiring manager so that you can follow-up for your candidacy.
  7. Phone. Bring your phone to the interview because you will need it in case you need to call the interviewer. Some applicants also store their directions in their mobile phone instead of printing a copy of the map. However, while waiting for the interview to begin, note that it is often considered unprofessional to text or call someone. If you are in the interview, turn it off or keep it in silent mode so that it will not interrupt your meeting.
  8. Pen and notepad. Bring with you a pen and a notepad so that you can take note of the name of the interviewer. In some instances, you might also want to take note of the requirements for the job.
  9. Folding umbrella. Bring with you a folding umbrella so you won’t get wet in case it rained on your way to the interview location.
  10. Grooming kit (comb, breath mint, small mirror, lint brush, tissue, etc.).  Your grooming counts. If you still have time, go to the comfort room and do some retouch.

Other Things to Remember:

  1. Keep your accessories to a minimum. Wearing too much jewelry, makeup, perfume or cologne is considered unprofessional.
  2. Make sure you’re well-groomed when going to an interview. Check that your hair and nails are neat and clean and that your clothing is unwrinkled or ironed before leaving the house.

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