Don’t know what to expect for your upcoming interview? We’ve got you covered! No matter what industry you are applying for, these are the basic 5 questions in every job interview:
1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
This question may seem simple, but many people fail to answer this correctly. The biggest mistake you can make when answering this question is giving a lengthy explanation of your personal life. This question is made to be an ice breaker between you and the interviewer. Be genuine and natural, and mention things that you think will be relevant and important to mention about yourself for the job. For example, “I grew up in _____ city, went to school at _______, and after I worked at ____ for ____ years. Currently, I’m looking for opportunities to grow in my career.”
2. Why should we hire you?
This is probably one of the toughest interview questions you’ll encounter! On the other hand, if you’re able to answer this correctly, this could be the decisive question that will help you get hired. Keep these things in mind when you are responding: that you can not only do the work, you can deliver great results. Show that you’ll be a great fit with the team and company culture; and that you’d be a better hire than any of the other candidates.
3. What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
Ultimately, your interviewer is aiming to test your self-awareness and honesty through this question. So, “I have terrible time management” is not an option—but neither is “Nothing! I’m perfect!” Strike a balance by thinking of something that you struggle with but that you’re working to improve. For example, maybe you’ve never been strong at public speaking. Be sure to state your weakness and then show how you have initiative by your constant effort to work at it. You could state, for example, how even though you struggle with public speaking, you have begun to speak more in your meetings and even lead some meetings.
4. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
In asking this question, “your interviewer wants to get a sense of how you will respond to conflict. Anyone can seem nice and pleasant in a job interview, but what will happen if you’re hired and Gladys in Compliance starts getting in your face?” says Skillings. Ultimately, focus on how you were able to handle a situation professionally, learned from it, and were able to compromise with the people involved in this conflict or challenge.
5. Do you have any questions for us?
Most people make the common mistake of saying “No, not really.” This is your chance to show initiative and interest in the company. Ask questions like “What’s your favorite part about working here?” or “What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?”. Be sure to focus on the company and not on you or your salary. The time will come when you can discuss your salary!