We all know interviews are the most stressful time one has to go through, from the moment you are called with your interview schedule to the moment you arrive at your possibly new employers building. If only you had an idea of what type of questions the interview panel was going to ask you and how to answer it.
Not all people are confident and can just wing it, like me I love to prepare, to make sure I do the best as I possibly can in the moment,
I have put together these commonly asked questions and ways to answer them to help you prepare for that next big interview.
- Tell me about yourself?
- Keep your answer concise and to the point.
- Be work specific and tell the hiring manager about where you are now professionally, what you have learned from your past work experiences and what makes you excited about this opportunity.
- Describe yourself.
- Keep closely to the job description, for example if you are applying for a customer service job, descriptive keywords to use would be good listener.
- What are your weaknesses
- Show that you are aware of your weakness and what you have done to overcome it.
- Show that you are “self-aware” and that you have the ability to take steps to improve yourself.
- What motivates you
- Answers here can be tricky, I believe that something along the lines of striving to be the best, that working as part of a team and trying to reach targets as a team are all good.
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
- Pick an example that shows you tackling a problem that could arise at the new company you’re interviewing for. This shows your value.
- Be specific and fairly concise.
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Demonstrate when you answer the question
- Your level of commitment to the position they are interviewing you for.
- Why did you leave your previous employer
- If it was because you left voluntarily then reference a specific characteristic that the company you are interviewing for hasthat you are attracted to. One that your previous employer didn’t have.
- If you were let go, be honest and explain the situation and own it. Explain what you learned from the experience, because the interviewer knows you’re human, you make mistakes, and just wants to see that you were able to do something about it
For Tips on how to prepare for an interview, what you need to know about the company and how to prepare yourself, download my How to prepare for and interview guide below.