One of the main causes for interview stress is not knowing what questions you will have to answer in your job interview. The good news is that you can be more prepared by rehearsing your responses to common interview questions.
4 Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
You don’t want to have a canned response, but having an idea for how you can answer a few common questions will help calm those interview jitters.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
This is a very important question to rehearse so you don’t ramble on and tell your whole life story or entire job history. Think of it more as a quick pitch. Be concise and compelling. Share two or three highlights that you want the interviewer to know about, then wrap up your pitch telling them why you are specifically right for the job.
What do you know about the company?
The interviewer is clearly asking whether or not you did your research before coming to the interview. Don’t regurgitate the company website. Instead, you want to tell the interviewer why you are attracted to the company, and how you identify with the company’s mission or goals.
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
This can be a tricky question for many people. To answer the strengths portion of the question, it’s a good idea to share examples that are relevant to the job position and you should also be as specific as possible. For example, instead of answering with “people skills,” say “persuasive communication” or “relationship building.” Then, you can share a specific example from your professional life to illustrate this strength.
To answer the weakness portion of the question, you need find a balance between showing all your flaws, and pretending to be perfect. A great example would be conquering a fear of public speaking by volunteering to run meetings to help you become more confident in front of a crowd.
Why should we hire you?
This question can seem quite intimidating, but the interviewer has just given you the perfect platform to share your skills and reasons why you would be the best hire. Take advantage of this question and remember to include these three thoughts in your answer:
- required skills to complete the job;
- previous results (be specific) that demonstrate your competency; and
- qualities that prove you’ll fit well within the company culture.
Then, a great way to close out your answer to this question would be to prove that you will be better than any other candidate.
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