When you applied for a job and got a call for an interview, various questions will be asked. The better prepared you are, the more successful your interview would be. In this article, we will talk about the most common interview questions and how to answer them. Why is this topic important? Because preparation and practice will boost your confidence, help you minimize interview stress and hiring manager could find your answer more desirable.
1. Tell me about yourself...
This question is an opportunity to express why you are the perfect fit for this position. They normally are looking for your confidence, enthusiasm, and passion. When you answer this question, you should give a proper amount of your personal detail,
not too much or too little. You can make the interview more interesting by sharing some fun facts that express your personality, motives, and interests as well.
2. What is your greatest strength?
This is another question that employers ask to determine how well a candidate is qualified for the position and how positive you are about yourself. It is a good chance to show that you possess traits that take responsibility for your work and set you apart from other candidates. Also, it is better to give some examples as a prove as well, not just claim you possess such attributes.
3. What is your greatest weakness?
When you have to respond to this kind of question you should frame your answers with positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee. It is also important to turn seeming weaknesses into strengths. It is also a good idea to share examples of skills that you have improved and how you correct your weaknesses.
4. How do you handle stress and pressure?
The purpose of this question is to know how a candidate reacts when things don’t go smoothly at work. The interviewee should never avoid or claim that they never experience stress. Instead, they should be straightforward in explaining how they have overcome it and used it as an advantage.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
A good answer a candidate should give is the one that reflects their motivation to reach a successful level of work. It is important to state realistic expectations and predict a real plan of where you want to go within the organization. This question is also designed to see if you’re going to stick around with the company plan to move on as soon as you find a better opportunity so it is a good idea to keep the answer clearly focused on the job and the company to show that this position aligns with your long-term goals.
6. Tell me about a time you made a mistake?
What does the interviewer want to know when asking this question? They want to know how you respond and solve problems when you faced difficult situations. When answering this question, you should share some examples of what you did to overcome a tough situation and what did you learn from it.
7. Why should I hire you?
The hiring manager asks this question to know whether you have all the required qualifications. A candidate should be prepared to explain why they are the applicant who should be selected. Make your response clear and confident. They want to see how well you sell yourself and you must do your best at proving why it is you who should get the job.
8. Why do you leave your current company?
This question is designed to know why a candidate wants to work at their company. The candidate should express the truth and focus on the future, especially if your departure was not under the best circumstances. It will not look good if you say it was about your dislikes to your boss or your company turn out to be disappointed. A good example of reasons to give for leaving a job would be professional growth, new challenges at work, company reconstructing, or even a change of career direction.
9. What do you like least about your job?
In this case, the interviewer wants to know your point of view for your current company and to see your professionalism in the workplace at well. To answer this question, you must talk about the current role in a realistic way and highlight your dislikes with a positive tone.It is good to have a calm response that accurately shows that you have ethical standards in the workplace. You can add about how this new company can contribute to your growth and motivate you to have a new start as well.
10. Do you have any questions?
It is important for you tosay yes and ask them something, not just anything but something relating to the position, the company, or about the industry. This is an opportunity to get to know more and show your interest toward the company. In this case, you can prepare your questions before the interview takes place and before asking you should consider the appropriate time to ask such question as well. For example, to ask about salary and benefits should be asked later than those about the job’s responsibility, it is also better to ask about salary once you get an actual offer.