Let’s start with a simple question…
Are you ready?
You’ve dreamt about this very moment.
That little tugging sensation on your heart?
Waiting for the phone to ring…
And then, that day and moment came.
A company you recently applied to is requesting an interview with you.
It’s both exciting and terrifying at the same time. Isn’t it?
But there’s a problem.
You not prepared!
Never go into an interview unprepared.
You heard the advice a million times, didn’t you?
But you wonder, where do you even begin?
Well, good news:
These 10 basic interview questions will nudge you toward having a successful interview.
Enough small talk, let’s get started.
In my experience, the interviewer cannot ask you about everything. Every question asked has a purpose.
Every question asked is used to identify your skills and personality from other candidates.
But here’s the thing…
There is no correct answer to any of the interview questions. It just depends on how you answer them. Organizations have their terms regarding the answers you give them. They want to determine if you can offer something to their goals.
So, tell me more…
Okay, here are the questions.
1. Can you tell me something about yourself?
That is a terrifying question for candidates to answer.
As an applicant for a specific position, you might wonder what the employer needs to know. What is the point of asking this kind of question?
I recommend you relax and think of this as a perfect opportunity to please the employer. Okay, the strategy here is that you should respond to them with something that supports your career objectives.
Steer clear of telling your name, date of birth, where you live, hobbies, and other extra-curricular activities. It would be better if you tell them something relevant about your qualifications and work experience.
Sound good? Let’s continue.
2. What are your strengths?
Make sure you tackle those points that will help you do the job for which you are applying. Tell the employer something about your technical skills and your qualifications and be sure to support them with specific examples.
3. What are your weaknesses?
Regarding your weaknesses, answer them with things you are improving upon and make sure it is work-related. Mention not only your weak points; you can follow up your statement with the things you are doing to strengthen your weak points.
Now, here’s the shocker…
4. How do you handle stress/pressure?
Some organizations provide interviews where you are given a series of questions by a panel of interviewers. Many interviewers intentionally stir up emotional reactions by posing questions in a challenging way. Their purpose is to find out how you handle the stress.
If they ever ask you this question, just relax and keep yourself calm because they are already observing you. Just explain how you handle pressure by being honest and straightforward but avoid being anxious.
5. What do you know about our company?
Before you can answer this question, research the organization to which you apply. Knowing their mission and vision can help you make the interview more interactive.
It would be better if you tell them that you want to know more about the company. It indicates you are interested in the organization, and you want to be part of the team.
Still with me? Great!
6. Why would you like to be employed in our company?
If given that question, your first response would be because you have a job opening. Well, those are clear answers, but it is not going to give you any additional points on your interview.
Can I just be blunt with you for a moment?
Those types of answers might sound sarcastic and may annoy the interviewer.
The point of asking this question is whether you have an idea of where you want to work or whether you are just applying to any company that has a job opening. Researching briefly on the company will help you stand out as a professional applicant.
It would be beneficial if you could think about some of the reasons on how you can contribute to the company.
7. Why would you like to leave your current job?
Not all interviewees can give a simple answer to this question. You have your reasons for wanting to leave your current job. You should be careful to answer this question.
Now, this is important.
Keep your answers positive. As much as possible, do not give them a hint on how much you hate your current coworker or your boss.
At this stage of the interview, the interviewer is testing your attitude. The company wants to employ a candidate who has the potential to become part of their organization and not a negative one who can pull them down.
8. What can you contribute to our company?
Tell them about your relevant qualities to the position for which you are applying. Give them some ways in which you can help the company grow and be productive by sharing your thoughts and ideas.
Show them your dedication and your willingness to be a part of the organization.
9. Why should the company hire you?
As stated in the first question, this question is about selling yourself. Create a sales statement and be as detailed as possible.
Tell them something about what makes you unique and what you can contribute to the company. Think about your strengths you can offer to match what the company is seeking.
10. Where do you see yourself five or ten years from now?
In addressing this question, concentrate on your career-advancement goals that are relevant to the position.
So, let’s bring this full circle:
Interview questions are very tricky, so you should be more careful to answer them. Your future career depends on how you deliver your answers. Respond appropriately, just relax and be yourself.
You got this. Now go.