Although each interview is different, there are some questions that interviewers simply ‘love’ to ask. They are not accidental, however, as the answers one will give to them, will show a lot of elements of his character and the way he thinks.
Having said that, let’s move on to the questions.
What is your biggest weakness?
Do not say that you are a perfectionist or that you work too tough. Instead, respond honestly, in a way that shows that you did your self-criticism, identified your greatest weakness, and turned it into strength. For example, you may say that your biggest weakness is that you do not easily leave a project you started, or that you do not do well in public speaking (and therefore worked on it) or that you try to help before you are asked, which has created you ‘trouble’ in the past.
What is your greatest strength?
Although there are many good ways to answer this question, it is better to choose one that can contribute to the requirements of the position for which you are applying. It is good to have a ready example of how you used this power to achieve something professional. Think about your path to your previous jobs, an Internship or a volunteer job. In what area did they rely on you? Mention it.
Tell me a few words about yourself
Usually done at the beginning of the interview. And the purpose is first to get a taste of the candidate and second to see what the candidate will choose to say. You do not need to go into deep detail about your marital status, health issues or irrelevant hobbies. The best thing to do is to tell a short story about yourself, about the education you received, about your career so far but also issues that will highlight your personality, such as. your interest in philosophy, charity, volunteering, etc. Whatever you say, the interviewer should end up thinking ‘I could use a person like this’.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What do you know about our company?
Companies want to know what you know about them. What are they, what do they do, what are their values and what is their goal. The last thing you want is to show up knowing very little, showing an apathy that may be interpreted as a future apathy as a company employee. So, spend time researching their website. Read its mission, its members and the council. The press conferences. Its products, the number of employees, its profits if listed, its history, and something about the department you are requesting.
Why do you want this job?
Here is your chance to show the excitement they, I assure you, want to see. Employers want people who really love what they do. So if you are asked why you want this job, you need to have a good answer. Recognize some elements of the work that are sewn on you and analyze how, through your skills, you can add value to the company, a company that would excite you to work in it. For example, you can mention that you love human contact, and you are happy to solve their problems, which is why you are the right person for the customer service position of that company. Caution! Do not overdo it with enthusiasm, keep it at a reasonable level.
Tell me a problem you encountered at work and how you handled it
Everyone can seems pleasant in an interview, however what happens in the event of a confrontation with a colleague? The interviewer wants to see exactly this element of your character. That is, how you react to these situations. The worst thing you can do is not find something to say, or do not want to say something relevant. So choose the right story. The one that had a happy ending. One that ‘praises’ your teamwork, your patience, your composure and your professionalism.
Are you in contact with other companies?
From seeing if there is competition, to how serious you are for the industry, there are many reasons that will put you in front of such a question. Honesty is always valued, so if you have other interviews planned with other companies, the best thing to do is just say that you are looking for something similar in the industry in which the company operates and that the main feature is the utilization of your specific skills.
Why did you leave your previous company?
Do not say anything negative. You have nothing to gain from this, after all. You can say that you are looking for new opportunities, that this role suits you best and that you did not have the opportunity to make full use of your talents and skills in your previous job, without the company itself being responsible for it.
How do you explain the gap in your resume?
If you have been unemployed for a long time, answer directly and honestly. Say what you did, from volunteering to trying to start your own company or blog. Or some lessons you took to fill in some gaps you may have, such as a foreign language or a programming language. Therefore, if you are currently unemployed, it is a good idea to do some of these.
Why did you change industry?
It is not bad to mention that even late you found what you love. List the reasons that led you to this decision, whether they are bad choices in the past, or it is a new challenge in your life. It is important to be able to demonstrate how what you have learned so far can be applied to your new job. They are the so-called transferable skills and always impress a candidate when he manages to combine completely different experiences with each other.
Do you have any questions?
This is your chance to learn what you need to know before make any decision. Either about the company, or your department and team, or the position you are applying for. Most will already be covered, however you can ask the interviewer, in addition to the above questions, and questions like ‘what do you like most about this company ‘or’ what you can do to tell me about the future plans of the company.