Are you nervous about your upcoming interview? You are not alone. Interviews can be nerve-wracking for many people and it is easy to make mistakes.
You never know what questions are coming your way, and whether or not you will be able to answer them successfully.
However, most of the time these mistakes are avoidable if you know what to expect.
In this article, we will discuss some of the top ten questions that employers ask during interviews and provide responses that will help give you an edge!
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1. What is your greatest strength and weakness
This question might be tricky to answer as it could either show you in a good or bad light. Keep it simple and focus on one thing that relates back to the job for which you are applying. For example, if I am an accountant looking for a new position then my strengths would be organization and attention to detail. My weakness would be a need to work on my communication skills.
The number of questions asked during the interview is limited by company policy, as well as how long the interviewer has given for the interview.
The timing can also vary depending on whether it’s an individual or group interview, and what type of position one is applying for.
Interviews typically last between 15 minutes and three hours—the latter being more likely in cases where there are several candidates interviewing at once.
In addition, interviews may involve psychological assessments such as personality tests or scenarios created specifically to highlight which qualities applicants possess.
You have to show your strength in interviews by answering questions confidently, and you have to show your weakness so that they know where you stand.
On what occasions do you feel the most confident in yourself as a candidate for this position? Which situations make it difficult for interviewees to shine through their weaknesses or qualifications during an interview process? How can candidates better prepare themselves for these possible scenarios when interviewing (e.g., practicing answers prior to going into the room, etc.) ?
2. Why should we hire you over other candidates?
You have to convince them that you are the perfect guy to hire over other candidates.
So you have to answer this question with a good and long story about who you are. It is not enough just to tell them your skills, but they want the whole background of your life from birth to know if you are perfect for their company.
When you’re interviewing for a new job, it’s important to keep in mind what the interviewer wants and not discuss anything from your previous company that may be seen as negative. For example, if one of my favorite things about where I work is the free coffee machine at break time then don’t mention this during an interview because they might want their employees to drink tea instead! Similarly when discussing something I dislike about my current position try hinting around without mentioning tasks or duties relevant to the offer on hand so there are no hard feelings with future colleagues.
3. Why are you interested in this position
This is one of the toughest interview questions you might get. Why do they want to know? The interviewer is trying to figure out your motivations for applying, so try and be as honest as possible without sounding like a robot or someone who doesn’t care about the job.
A sample answer would be “I am very interested in this position because I think my qualifications and experience make me an excellent candidate.” Whatever you say – don’t embellish! And always remember that honesty is key with any interviewing question!
When answering this question, you need to prove that you are passionate about the job. So have a great answer ready for why they should hire you out of so many other applicants! Give them an idea of how much research and thought has gone into your application process.
Discuss what all information on their company means to show that it’s something worth being interested in- know everything there is from value statements down products!”
If you are really passionate about the company’s mission, it will come out in your answer.
What the job position entails- If you’re not sure about what to say here, take a chance and ask!
4. Tell me about yourself
First impressions are everything, and the first impression you make is usually with your introduction. When interviewing for a job, one of their most common questions will be “Tell me about yourself.” You want to come up with an answer that highlights key achievements in your employment history while also giving them enough information so they can decide if this position would fit well into what they need at the company or not.
Your introduction should be short and sweet, but don’t forget to provide enough information for the interviewer.
Your answer will vary depending on your career history and accomplishments so do some research as well to find out what they’re looking for in their candidates.
Be sure not to spend too much time talking about tasks you have no experience with or any responsibilities that are outside of the job description.
Let them know why this position is important to you and what it would mean if hired by explaining how your skills translate into success within the company’s mission statement while giving examples of past work experiences that demonstrate those qualities.
You want them to walk away feeling confident in hiring you! Once you’ve done all of this, finish up with a question of your own
When preparing for an interview you obviously prepared this question. Don’t be too generic in your answer because you want to make it feel like you are a perfect candidate for this job.
5. Why did you leave your job?
One of the most critical job interview tips: Don’t badmouth a former employer. When asked about your reasons for leaving, it’s important to focus on what you want in your next position and not disparage an old company or boss. If unemployed, say that “after two rounds of downsizing I was let go during round three.” And if employed but looking elsewhere state “I have been at my current company after 2 years; now is the perfect time to find something new where I can add value with my experience.”
If you are asked to provide one or two reasons for leaving, be prepared with specific examples such as a lack of opportunity for career growth; salary negotiations that were not successful; job responsibilities feeling unchallenging.
-One reason people leave their jobs is because they want more responsibility and the company does not offer it.
-Another common cause why employees quit is when there’s an issue between employee and boss about money – compensation, raises etc. People may also leave if they feel like their job has become too routine or lacks excitement in general.
Be honest with your answer, tell the exact reason why you leave your past job, but be sure not to mention anything negative that may make a prospective employer decide against hiring you.
6. How Do You Handle Stress and Pressure?
Do you thrive on pressure, or would you prefer a more low-key job? What do you do when something goes wrong at work – does it make your day even better? The employer wants to know how well can handle high stress and if that’s what motivates them. They want an example of the time where they successfully handled stressful situations in their previous position.
The best way to answer this question is to be specific. Talk about a time where you not only handled a stressful situation, but also came out the other side more successful for it.
Focus on how you were able to achieve your goals in spite of pressure or adversity that was thrown at you.
This can include work-related scenarios (working late after being told there’s no overtime) or personal situations outside of work (taking care of an elderly parent).
The employer wants someone who will stay calm under all circumstances and keep their eye on the goal – meaning getting them what they need in order to succeed with the company!
They want employees who are motivated by high stress, so telling them one example should suffice in demonstrating why this would make sense that you’re the right person for them.
Then, you can also mention how your skills and qualifications are a good fit for this type of work environment or scenario that they have to offer.
A recent example is:
“I often felt pressure as I had just started my career in public relations and was given heavy responsibilities by my boss.” This demonstrates the ability to work under extreme stress while still maintaining composure. They want someone who will take on anything thrown at them without letting it get in their way! You took care of your elderly parent with grace when we were hit with an illness in our family last year – I’m sure you’d be able to handle any job-related challenges too!”
Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience, but with these questions and tips you should feel confident. We’ve compiled some of the most common interview questions to anticipate for any job interview so that you are prepared no matter what question is thrown your way.
Do any of these interview tips resonate with you or have helped you out before? Let us know! We’d love to hear from our readers about their experiences interviewing – what works best for them and how they prepare.
Make sure you know how to answer them well enough before arriving at an interview – it will make all the difference! Have you had many interviews? What was one thing about an interviewer’s behavior that really stood out to you? Share in the comments below!