So you’ve got an interview coming up. Are you wondering what kind of questions the employer will ask you?
Here’s a list of commonly asked interview questions and tips on how to deliver a good answer.
Put yourself in the interviewer’s seat. What would you want to hear? Which questions would you ask?
Tell me about yourself.
This is a classic question.
Here’s your chance to sell yourself and your talents.
You will want to tell a good story about yourself, what your skills and prior work experiences are and how you can use that to benefit the employer.
Also let your personality shine through and let the employer in on your interests and career goals.
What is your biggest weakness?
This is your chance to talk about your weakness and also explain how you are working to improve it.
My weakness is public speaking and so I took on a volunteer position as a workshop facilitator to improve my presentation skills and become more comfortable with public speaking.
Showing that you actually recognize your weakness and are taking action to deal with it, will show the employer that you are proactive and like to take initiative.
What are your short term goals (over the next 5 years)?
For this question, you should mention your professional goals and relate them to those of the employer. You should talk about what you hope to achieve over the next 5 years and what you hope to contribute to the employer in that time period.
Why do you want to work in this position/work at this company?
Make sure to research the position and company before the interview.
Here, you can talk about why the position interests you and what skills you have that will complement the position.
Also, talk about what attracted you towards the company such as the industry-leading training provided at the job or the company’s social responsibility initiatives.
Describe a difficult obstacle you faced, and how you overcame it.
This is a classic question because employers want to judge your ability to problem solve and handle tough situations.
Give solid examples of situations where you had to work under time pressure, complete a tough assignment or collaborate with problematic team members. Briefly describe the situation and then talk about the steps you took to solve the issue.
Talk about the positive end outcome, and what you learned from the overall experience.
After the interviewer is done with their questions, they will ask you if you have any questions for them. It’s a good idea to say yes (this shows you are genuinely interested), and have some good questions to ask them.
Don’t ask about the salary associated with the position or about something that you could have easily found on the company website. Instead, some good questions to ask are:
- What kind of training does the company provide new employees?
- What is the most challenging and fun thing about this position?
- What new projects will I get to assist with?
- What is a typical day on the job like?
- What will happen next in the hiring process?