Although hiring managers are tying to get away from asking standard interview questions, questions become standard for a reason – they provide useful information for making a hiring decision.
Therefore, reviewing common interview questions is still very much worth your time. The objective of expecting certain interview questions isn’t to memorize answers, but instead to get comfortable discussing the topics of these questions. Laying this groundwork will allow you to feel at ease during the interview.
Below are a few questions that you should expect to be asked in your next job interview.
1. Tell Me About Yourself
Even if you aren’t formally asked this question, it’s a good idea to walk into an interview ready to talk about yourself in general terms, in a way that has a positive impact on your candidacy.
The best way to do that is to put together a short synopsis of your personal background and professional career. Start out by talking about where you are from and where you went to school. End your synopsis by talking about what you have achieved in your current or last job.
2. What Did You Like and Dislike About Your Last Job?
How you feel about your last job is an indication of the way you might experience the job you’re seeking, if you were hired.
Be mindful what you say when seeking a job similar to your current or last position. Ideally, the focus of your dislike(s) should be the differences between your current or last job and the one you’re seeking. Throughout your response, it is crucial to be upbeat and passionate.
3. What is Your Greatest Weakness?
This question is probably the biggest interview cliché of all time, but interviewers can’t seem to get away from it, and for good reason. Asking someone about their faults provides all kinds of information on abilities, humility, self-awareness and degree of interview preparation.
Because it’s such a cliché, interviewers may phrase this question a bit differently, but you will likely be asked about abilities you find challenging. A good approach to answering this question is to mention a skill that isn’t crucial to performing the job you’re seeking and how you’re trying to address it. For instance, if the job requires a small amount of data entry, you could say your typing skills aren’t great but you’re working on boosting your speed and accuracy through an online typing course.
4. What Was Your Biggest Challenge in Your Last Job and How Did You Overcome It?
Every company wants to hire problem solvers. Be prepared to explain how you can solve challenging problems by having an actual example from your past. Be sure that your anecdote is relevant to the job you’re seeking and includes descriptions of how you used skills that are a part of the job you want.
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