6 Common Job Interview Questions and Answers
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If you have been to multiple job interviews, you will know that they are all different. Sometimes it will just be you and one interviewer and others you could be sitting there nervously with three important faces looking back at you. The questions asked in the interview are always different as well but there are some questions that are commonly asked and you should practice before hand so that you can ace your questions as well as be more confident and therefor relaxed in the interview. Here are the commonly asked interview questions and how to answer them:
Tell me more about yourself
This question is often asked at the beginning of the interview and generally means that they want you to give a small overview before they delve deeper into your application. To answer this well, you should have a 45 second to 1 minute answer ready that notes exactly where you are in your career and what your key skills are. Despite popular belief, this is not an opportunity to talk about your personal life.
Why did you leave your last job or why are you thinking about leaving your job?
The interviewer wants to try and get a feel for how you work here and make sure that you aren’t going to cause any disruptions; for this reason, it is highly advised that you do not mention arguments with previous managers or that you didn’t get along with your colleagues. The most common answer here is because you are looking for a new challenge but you also have to explain why and how this new role will be the challenge you are looking for.
Why do you want this job?
The worst possible answer? ‘The money is really good and I can’t wait for the first company trip’. This shows that you are more interested in the benefits than the actual job; instead, show that you have read the job description and point out things that you will be good at by focusing on the job itself.
What do you know about our company?
You have to do some research on the company otherwise interviewers will be put off almost immediately. Show that you have an understanding of what the company does and what their aims are. It can also be beneficial to note their USP, or unique selling point, as you will need to know why they are different to the competition so you can add value to this if you are hired.
Why would you be good for this position?
The important thing to remember with this question is: sell yourself. You should say exactly why you would be great in the role they are offering because companies want to know how you would benefit them just as much as how they can benefit you. Tell them how your hard work and proven track record will help the company achieve better results.
Do you have any questions?
This is often seen as the biggest test of the interview and many people fail it by either not asking any questions at all or asking the wrong questions relating to the pay or holidays which you should save for later until you get a job offer. Try to ask questions about the company or your role to show that you are interested in the vacancy; also, ask about the next steps in the hiring process and when you should expect to hear back from them.
Interviews can be extremely daunting but if you keep these questions in mind and have an answer ready for all six, you will impress any interviewer whether there is one, two or three looking back at you. Remember to stay calm and answer the questions confidently!
Make sure to print out few copies of your resume to take with you to the interview and to hand out to each interviewer.