Making it through a job interview can be a stressful process, even for seasoned professionals. Obviously, it is even more pressure for young employees or fresh graduates. While the best way to succeed in the job interview is being yourself, you should definitely show up prepared. Depending on the company and the job you’re applying for, interview questions can differ. Times are changing, and more and more basic interview questions are becoming outdated. However, there are certain questions that you’ll hear almost in every interview. While many of them seem pretty simple, these questions are much trickier than you think.
Saying a rehearsed answer won’t land you the job, but it’s better to know the reason why a particular question is being asked, and what the interviewer wants from you. Let’s walk through the five most common interview questions and how to answer them.
This is a tricky question and is often underestimated by interviewees. While many assume it’s too simple, and others may consider it pointless, the concept of the question is none of these options. First off, it helps the interviewer to start the conversation. The best way to answer this question is to briefly describe your current position and 1 – 2 of your greatest achievements. It’s also possible to touch on past experiences related to the job you’re applying for and share your vision of the future on this post. The interviewer doesn’t want to hear your A-to-Z work employment journey, so make sure to squeeze the most relevant and valuable information.
While it seems a bit weird, it’s a good chance for you to summarize your skills and show your benefits over competitors. While preparing to answer this question, try to focus on the contribution you’ll bring to the company. Doing some research on the company you’re applying to would help you define the problems they need to solve, and how you can provide solutions for their issue.
Many applicants fail this question due to one simple reason: they start dissing their boss, manager, teammates or the company in general. Of course, it’s obvious that there is always a reason to leave. However, don’t mention any personal issues with people at your prior job. If you were fired or left because of whatever reason, focus on the future, not the past. It’s okay to say you left because you wanted more growth, challenge, involvement, experience, etc.
The biggest mistake while answering this question is taking numbers out of nowhere and the inability to justify your request. Make your research on the salary level including your location, experience, and skills. You will find what the average wage is for someone in your position, and can provide facts to back up your request.
This is a must! Having questions prepared for the interviewer is a great way to show them that you are truly interested in the position and learn more about things that you have not covered already. Doing decent research on the company is crucial for a successful interview. You don’t necessarily need to switch roles and take another hour to ask your questions, but preparing a few would be perfect. Avoid asking primitive questions about the company, if you can easily find answers on their website or elsewhere. Demonstrate your interest in the job by asking questions about specific duties, team, company plans, etc. It’s a good chance to figure out whether this workplace fits you or not.