You’ve taken the time to update your resume or work history and fill out the application, and the hiring manager just called you to schedule an interview. An interview can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be if you take the time to prepare for some common questions you’ll likely be asked. We’re breaking down some of the most frequently asked interview questions and how to answer them in a way that helps you stand out from other candidates.
“Tell Me About Yourself”
This is probably the most common and most dreaded interview question out there. It’s a safe bet that this question will be asked no matter what type of position or industry you’re interviewing for. This question doesn’t have to be stressful though! Instead of dreading it and fumbling over your answer, embrace it as a chance to share how your skills and experience match up with the job. By preparing a response before the interview, you’ll be able to answer this question with ease. Here’s an effective formula to help you prepare for the “Tell Me About Yourself” question.
– Present: Talk a little bit about what your current role is, the scope of it, and perhaps a recent accomplishment.
– Past: Tell the interviewer how you got there and/or mention any previous experience or skills you have that are relevant to the job and company you’re interviewing for.
– Future: Transition into what you’d like to do next and why you’re interested in this position (and a great fit for it, too).
“What Are Your Biggest Strengths/Weaknesses?”
Another common interview question that spans job roles and industries is the strengths and weaknesses question. This question can also be stressful because you might be afraid of boasting about your strengths or that your weaknesses might make the hiring manager think you’re not the right fit for the position. Don’t let fear get the best of you when this question comes up, let’s break down how to prepare your answer.
– Strengths – Be clear and precise. Back up what your strengths with examples that prove it. Don’t claim things are strengths if you can’t prove them with clear-cut examples.
– Weaknesses – Instead of just trying to turn a theoretical weakness, such as, “I am too much of a perfectionist,” choose a real weakness you have that you are working on turning into a strength. No one is perfect, and a hiring manager understands this. You’ll be appreciated for having the self-awareness to know what your areas for growth are rather than if you create a “fluff” weakness.
“How do You Handle Conflict?”
No matter what your role is or where you work, conflict is part of life, and sooner or later, you’ll find yourself in it. A hiring manager will want to know how you’ll react when conflict arises. If you’re someone who passes the blame or can’t own up to a mistake, a hiring manager will see a red flag on you being a good fit. If you have an example of a time you were in conflict, share how you handled it appropriately or, if you didn’t handle it correctly, share with the hiring manager what you learned through the process.
“Why are You Leaving Your Current Job?”
This question is getting to the root of what type of longevity you’ll have with the company you’re interviewing with and what kind of employee you’d be. To avoid raising red flags with the hiring manager, it’s crucial not to talk poorly of previous bosses or complain about your job role. No one would want to hire someone who might say the same things about them. Instead, stay on a positive route. Share how the position you’re interviewing for would help you reach your next career goal or provide more opportunities for professional growth.
“Why Should We Hire You?”
This question really provides you the opportunity to shine and sell yourself, but a lot of people tend to answer this question incorrectly (spoiler, the answer has nothing to do with money). It allows you to talk about your skills, your fit with the culture, and everything in between. One route you can take is to show the hiring manager how hiring you benefits them. Basically, you’ll want to show the hiring manager they will get an enthusiastic employee who has the exact right skill set for the position. Another way to answer this question is to present yourself as a “problem-solver.” Show the hiring manager how your skills and experience will solve the problem that this position is solving.
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