Here’s How To Nail The 10 Most Common Job Interview Questions

You can never ever be fully prepared for a job interview. There’s always a curveball that catches you off guard but some questions never seem to go out of fashion when it comes to interviews. So why not nail those answers down once and for all? Take a look!

Tell Us Something About Yourself?

Even the best of us freeze up when we hear this one. The purpose of asking this question is to determine what qualities make you a good fit for the job. An employer is not interested in your hobbies! Tell them about your accomplishments and experiences – something that you would want them to know about you as a professional. Wrap up by talking about how the previous experience has prepared you for the current position.

Do You Know Anything About The Company?

Anyone can go on about the company’s mission statement by skimming through its website. But what the interviewer wants to hear is how well you understand their objective and whether you care about it. Start by talking about their goals, incorporate a few words mentioned on their website, then jump and explain how you can contribute to their mission. Being aware of the company’s latest moves when it comes to marketing strategy or business dealings is always a huge plus!

How Did You Get To Know About The Vacancy?

This question seems so simple, but it’s also very crucial. The more honest you are in answering, the better. If you heard it through a colleague or current employee – name that person. If you found about it in a job fair – mention that and go on to explain why it got you excited.

Why Do You Want To Work With Us?

Companies don’t just want to work with talented individuals. They’re also looking at those who are passionate about the work they’re doing. So be prepared with a great answer for this one. Them why the position is perfect for you and how it correlates with what you’d like to accomplish. Compliment the company’s work culture and show them you want to be part of the impactful work they do.

What Are Your Biggest Strengths?

When talking about your strengths, make sure you sound confident but not pompous. Be clear and precise about your qualities but keep them relevant. Emphasise on the strengths relevant to the position and prove your point with examples. Ensure that it matches what you have mentioned in your resume. Never ever say you are a perfectionist because a) you’ll have to live up to that bar forever and b) it’s the most cliche answer known to mankind.

What Are Your Biggest Weaknesses?

This is one tricky question! Along with identifying the red flags, the interviewer also tries to determine your honesty and self-awareness. The best advice here is to be smart. Pick one weakness that you’re trying to improve. For example, you may be bad at time management but you’ve recently started following a timetable. Another way to answer this question is by picking a weakness that can also come across as a strength. For example – being a perfectionist. You may be a stickler about your work, and may want to redo it numerous times, but in the end you always put forward something that is as close to perfect as possible.

Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years?

This question roughly amounts to asking you what are your goals for the future. If asked this question, be realistic and honest. The interviewer wants to know how ambitious and optimistic you are about your future and if the position fits your end goal. If you have no plans for the future, be vocal about it and say that you see this job opening new doors for you and giving you more direction.

Why Should We Hire You?

If you’re asked this question, consider yourself lucky. This is the best chance to show off your skills and sell yourself to the hiring manager. Remember to mention three points – you get the job done and guarantee great results, you’re a team player and you’re a perfect fit for the job – explain all briefly.

What Is Your Biggest Professional Achievement?

Even if you couldn’t ace the previous questions, you shouldn’t take this one lightly as it could end up getting you the job. Nothing makes your case stronger than a list of previous achievements. But again, keep it relevant to the position. If you’ve ever won a leadership award at your previous workplace – mention that.

What’s Your Dream Job?

The purpose of this question is to uncover how passionately you’ll do the job you’re interviewing for. It’s important you show the interviewer how their organisation would play a crucial part in your journey and getting you one step closer to your dream job. And if this just so happens to be your dream job, you should clearly explain why.

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