Advice on job interviews – Interview questions and answers
You have been searching for the right career, and now you have a strong chance of success. Now it is time to start preparing yourself for what may transpire during the interview. There are going to be plenty of questions asked of you. It is important to know how to answer them in a way that you don’t give too little or too much information about yourself to the potential employer.
Here are some common questions and some ideas on how to approach them.
1. What is your greatest strength?
This is a popular question. You want to be open, honest, and confident. If your greatest strengths are being able to meet deadlines in plenty of time, talk about that. Be sure to talk about how your greatest strengths relate to the position on offer.
2. What is your greatest weakness?
When you answer this question, try to talk about what you have done to improve the weakness. Maybe steps to help you with time management, like better organization. Explain that you are always looking to improve your weaknesses. Be sure that you only talk about things relevant to work.
3. How do you handle stress?
Explain how you use positive measures to handle stress. For instance; when you are stressed you like to go for a run, or you like to take a drive to collect your thoughts. You might even be someone who is able to react to situations rather than be stressed out, that is a great quality.
4. Why do you want this job?
Chances are you are going to be asked this question. So before you get to your interview you should be thinking about the answers to the question. Is it a dream job? Is it a chance to learn and grow? Maybe it’s the kind of job that you will look forward to everyday. Whatever the reason is, be open and honest.
5. Why should we hire you?
Think about what you will be bringing to the company. Remember the position that you are being interviewed for and talk about how you think it might be a good fit. Remember not to be too arrogant when talking about this, because that can be a turn off to the employer.
6. What are your goals?
Talk openly an honest when asked what your goals are. Let them know where it is you want to be in life. Talk about your short term and long term goals. Try to be realistic when talking about your goals, make sure none of them are too lofty.
7. Tell me about yourself. This is a particularly open-ended question and it’s important to judge how much you say. Structure your response, so start with your education – why you chose A’levels, Degree, University. What you have enjoyed most/shown most ability at and relate it to the sector/industry for which you are interviewing.
Watch interviewer for cues if you are going on for too long (signs of fidgeting etc from interviewer would suggest you need to wrap it up!) Going to a job interview doesn’t have to be a stressful event. You are almost there, and with the right attitude you will land that career that you worked so hard to get. Good luck!