Everyone is nervous when it comes to job interviews. A boss of a company assessing whether you are right for a role they are offering is quite an intimidating process and can throw many people off. One thing to consider is that some questions that are asked are asked in almost all job interviews. This gives you a window to prepare and as a result, you can be more relaxed, detailed and confident in the answers that you give. With that in mind, here are 5 interview questions that are common, and how to answer them!
Tell me about yourself
The interviewer wants to learn about you and the sort of person you are when he asks this question. Just give them a brief overview of yourself. Qualifications, achievements, hobbies and skills are what they are looking for, so just summarise your CV for them.
What are your strengths?
When answering this one, make sure that you don’t come across as big headed, but have the right balance between being confident and humble at the same time. Be honest with what you think your good at, if you think your good at teamwork, tell the interviewer! But make sure you back it up with evidence, so with teamwork, you might have played for a sports team for a few years which straight away demonstrates that teamwork may have been a skill you may have used!
How would your friends describe you?
This question is often asked to see how self-aware you are. It also gives the interviewer an idea of what you are like around people, and it shows that you can look at yourself and know what you need to improve on.
What do you know about the company?
If you are able to reel off on what you know about the company you have applied for, then bingo! If research has been conducted beforehand, you can answer this question with ease, which shows how interested and committed you are to the job you have applied for. A genuine interest being shown in a job role, gives you a much better chance of being employed.
Why do you want to work here?
If you have a thorough answer to this one, it shows that you have put some thought behind the role that you are applying for. If you demonstrate that you genuinely have a reason for wanting to work at a company and have evidence to back it up, your chance of being taken on by the company sky rocket. Something that we all want!
Obviously, these aren’t the only questions that you could be asked in job interviews. Role specific questions can be asked, as well as questions about your experience and education. Be prepared for any eventuality! This would mean that you are so much more likely to get the job that you desire. Failure to prepare is preparing to fail. Prepare, show confidence and be yourself, good luck with the job interview!