There is nothing more stress-relieving than getting a job interview when you are desperately looking for work. Once the celebration calms down in our heads and after all the resume adjusting and preparation, the day of the interview comes. You went from feeling calm to instantly scared and forget everything you practiced in the mirror as you were getting ready.
If you have interview anxiety I have got you covered with 8 commonly asked interview questions and tips to help you feel more prepared.
1. Tell Me About Yourself
When answering this question do not go into detail about your life outside of work. Always mention where you have worked or your job title of study, what makes you stand out in the workplace, and why you are going to fit in with the company.
2. Why Should We Hire You?
Recite your top achievements and previous experiences in a way that is tailored to match the job requirements. Don’t ever act humble when an interviewer asks you this question- toot your own horn because this is your time to show them your value.
3. Describe What You Do/Did At Your Most Recent Position.
This is the easiest question to be asked because you know what you did at your most recent job. All you have to do is say the most relatable tasks to the ones you’ll be doing at this new job and throw in other valuable skills just to show you have a little bit more than the experience. Relevance is key!
4. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?
If you were laid off, then it’s self-explanatory and you don’t need to go into detail. But if you’re willingly quitting, try and make it seem like you enjoyed that job but you are ready to move on. Always make yourself sound trustworthy, loyal, and reasonable because that’s what they’ll be looking for with this answer.
5. What Is Your Strongest/Weakest Skill?
It’s self-explanatory how to handle the strongest skill point. But when answering your weakest, choose a weakness that isn’t a required skill. For example, “I usually work alone or one-on-one, I have excellent communication skills but I struggle if I have to work on a large team with others because I’m not used to giving up control to multiple other people.”
6. Why Do You Want To Work Here?
Do your research and go into detail about the company and what you like about it. Obviously, you can’t say you want to work there for the money or for the benefits, but you can say, “I believe in the company policy and what it stands for.”
7. Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?
This is a trick question because they want to see where you wish to be within the company in the future. Always, always, always express a strong desire and urge for a long-term career with future opportunities within the company.
8. Do You Have Any Questions For Us?
Always ask a few questions to make yourself seem like you are genuinely interested in the position and the company. Questions like: “Why do you love working here?”, “Can you tell me about the team I would be working with?” are always a great place to start and keep a positive and informative conversation going.
Don’t let the interview anxiety get the best of you before you get placed in the hot seat. Remember to be your happy and outgoing self and you’ll be sure to do great things! Take deep breaths and think if you don’t get this job a better one will soon come. Good luck!
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