Preparing for the next job interview can feel daunting, especially if you’ve been on several interviews with no resulting job offer yet. After a while it’s easy to begin wondering, “what am I doing wrong?”
A great starting place to review your interviewing skills is to revisit these basic questions and how you are answering them. Are you preparing examples and answers in advance? If not, then here are our 5 Most Frequently Asked Questions to get your prep started. Practicing and preparing great answers will help improve your confidence and overall performance no matter what the interview.
1) What are some of your biggest achievements?
(Hint: How do you speak about yourself? What is your attitude? Are you confident or are you quiet and unsure? These unspoken questions are just as important as the verbal answer you are about to give.) Interviewers want to hear what you can achieve and what you view as success.
2) Why do you want this job?
It may sound obvious, especially since they’ve read your resume and you are at the interview… isn’t that enough? Surprisingly, many people haven’t practiced a well thought out answer to this very important question. And not being able to enthusiastically answer could mean you won’t be viewed as a serious contender.
3) Why do you think you would do well at this job?
Relate your past experience and what makes you the best candidate for this job. They won’t take the time to guess, this is where you have to sell them on your skills.
4) Tell me about yourself?
Keep your answer focused on professional strengths and abilities. This is not the time to ramble about your pets and your most recent hobby or vacation.
5) What is your biggest weakness?
There is no such thing as a perfect employee. Companies value an employee who is self aware enough to identify and claim weaknesses while being willing to learn and improve. The best answer is describing a weakness and how you have already worked to improve it.
It’s important to prepare these answers in advance to avoid floundering in front of the interviewers. Make notes and practice with a friend.