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.
“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.
“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)
“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
“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?”
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.
This post was written by Ben Sim from iPrice group.