When a person is invited for a job interview, there will be some questions from other previous job interviews that will be more likely to be repeated. These questions are general questions commonly asking about your personal background and how you work in the office. Answering these common questions with honest and well thought of answers will help you get the job.
The following list of most common interview questions and how to answer them will surely help you prepare in any job interviews in the future. Here are the most common interview questions and how to answer them correctly:
1.) Tell me about yourself.
This has to be the universal question of all time. It would be a rare for a job interview to not to start with this question. It is very tricky because the question encompasses all the things about you. The secret to answering this question is focusing on information that you can use for job you are applying for.
The interviewer does not want you to tell him about your life story, just focus on the vital details about you and your job experiences. Give a little background on your education (citing a few awards, honors and scholarships), then on your previous employments (mention about your duties and responsibilities), and your current situation.
You can also add a few of your long and short term goals. But avoid mentioning any plan to change career in a few years time.
2.) Describe yourself.
This is your chance to present yourself in the best way possible without sounding arrogant or cocky. Avoid using adjectives to describe yourself. For instance, instead of saying, “I am very focus.” you can say, “I am the type of person who puts a great deal of attention to details.”
3.) What do your co-workers say about you?
You need to give a specific quote or paraphrase of a boss’ or a co-worker’s observation about you. You can tell, “When I passed my resignation letter to my boss, he asked me to reconsider my resignation because he feels that I can get the job done on time and he really likes how I handle the tasks diligently.” Or you can say, “My coworkers always mention how they like how I’m always enthusiastic with the day ahead.” Mentioning such statements would be as good as your boss or co-workers telling those great things about you. Again avoid using adjectives like, “My coworkers describe me as friendly.”
4.) Why did you leave you last job?
No matter what your reason for leaving your previous job, never put your former employer in the bad light. Never bad mouth your previous boss even if you resigned because of his negative attitude. Avoid mentioning the huge salary if this was what attracted you to the job. The best way to answer this question is by telling the interviewer that you are seeking is for career advancement or a better job opportunity.
5.) Why should we hire you?
Answer this by mentioning your qualifications. Use your resume as your guide but avoid reading it. The important thing is for the interviewer to see that you are an asset to the company. Avoid mentioning any benefits that you can get from the job, but rather focus on WHY THE COMPANY NEEDS YOU.
6.) What experience do you have in this field?
Answer with specific experience or previous tasks that you were part of in your previous job that relate to the position or the field. If you do not have enough experience, try to mention job experiences that are nearest to the job.
7.) What’s your biggest strength/weakness?
It is easy to answer your biggest strength. Just mention what you are good at and you’re okay.
The problem now is your weakness. Avoid answering this with whole honesty or you might just ruin your chance. Also, never answer like how the politicians answer it like “I’m too committed to the job.” Say a negative thing about you and MENTION HOW YOU OVERCOME OR REMEDY IT. For instance you may say, “I have a problem with organizing, so I decided to use an organizer and a small notebook to create check lists of my daily and weekly tasks. I follow the schedules religiously.”
8.) Are you a team player?
Yes! You are a team player. Cite examples on which you are a team player. Mention projects that you were a part of that have been successful.
9.) How do you work under pressure?
Answer this positively. Mention a few examples when working under pressure. Make it seems working under pressure like the norm in your previous job. Avoid saying that you panic or crumble when under pressure.
10.) What kind of salary do you expect?
Never answer with a number. Tell the interviewer that you are willing to consider what the company can offer.
These are the most common interview questions and how to answer them. Read them very well as you prepare to get hired!