8 Most Common Job Interviews Questions And How To Answer Them.
Securing a job would be so much easier if you know the questions a hiring manager will ask in your next interview. Well, we’ll give you the next best thing: a list of the most commonly asked questions and answers. Here we go
1. Tell us about yourself
In my opinion this is the trickiest question you’ll ever be asked in any interview. Like it or not you must and you will be asked about this question. When asked this question please don’t tell the interviewer where and when you were born, the schools you went to etc. He or she doesn’t really care about that.
What you should do is to inform the interviewer about a couple of your accomplishments that you have made that makes you look like a good fit for the job.
2. Why did you leave your previous job?
If you’ve ever been employed you new employer would really like to know why you left your previous job. He or she would want to know reasons that made you leave. Was it salary related, was it about comfortability or was the environment not conducive?
Be very keen when answering this question. It’s always best to give the impression that you’re motivated by the possibility of new opportunities than by trying to escape a bad situation.
3. Why should we hire you?
Personally I hate this question. When asked this question, your potential new employer wants to know if you have what it takes to work or do that job. They want to know if you have the right skills, if you are competent enough. When answering the question stress on how competent you are and mention your skills.
4. Why would you want to work with us?
This is your chance to show that you have researched the company you are applying to work with. Avoid saying anything negative about your current employer which makes it seem you are simply after just any job!This question is asked to determine if you have an idea on what the company or organization is all about and also they want to know how you can help the company.
When answering this question the interviewer should see/hear that you are a passionate person. Most people get employed based on their passion because passion will drive you do the job effectively.
5. What are your strengths?
This is where you should shine during the interview. Outline all the things that you are very good at. Don’t over exaggerate. Clearly define and explain all your strengths. Don’t leave anything behind. Let them know of your capabilities.
6. What are your weaknesses?
Don’t lie. Just be frank and say what are some of the things that you struggle with and while saying your weakness don’t forget to state that you will do everything in your power to work on them and improve. This will show the interview that you have the heart to keep on going and improve.
7. What is your salary expectation?
This is another crucial question. Before you answer this question you might want to consider a number of factors. For example you want to consider the work that you’ll be doing, your previous salary, the benefits that you expect to get and your current living standards.
Do not ask for a huge amount of money that can scare off the employer and neither should you ask for little amount. Some interviewers will ask you to breakdown and explain how you plan on spending that salary that you’ve asked for. So be moderate in how much you ask and state a concrete number.
8. What are your future goals? Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The interviewer will ask this question in order to know if you plan to stick around or move on when you get a new better opportunity. When answering this question keep you answered focused on the job that you are interviewing for.
When answering state your short term goals and then go ahead and state your long term goals. Also explain how you plan to achieve those goals.