Having a job interview can really be a stressful thing, especially if you are an introvert person whose hands are getting sweaty the moment somebody asks you something, but this is something that you must go through unless you want to remain unemployed for the rest of your life. On the other side, there are people to whom having a job interview is nothing but a piece of cake, and while going for one, they already create pictures in their head; they are being employed, promoted, and they already got to the point of choosing the corporate gifts for millions of clients they themselves gained. However, no matter the position you apply for and no matter the company, you should always prepare for the interview in advance, taking into consideration that there are always some common questions, and you are very likely to get them. We bring you a short list of those questions and some pieces of advice on how to rock them!
- Tell us something about yourself
It’s an excellent opportunity to break the ice. The answer to this question will definitely create the first impression, so, be smart, short, yet tell them the most relevant things in relation to the position you applied for.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
They want to know do you see yourself working for them, obviously. If you are applying for a long-term job, specify it in that manner that you see yourself advancing within their company. If the job is for a short period, make sure to emphasize how important is it going to be for whatever you want to be in five years.
- Tell us what makes you the best candidate for the position.
Don’t brag about yourself in an annoying manner, but tell them how you meet all the criteria, how you have a lot of experience and how you even have some additional abilities that they will definitely benefit from.
- What do you know about our company?
This is really important. Make sure to do a detailed research on the company and to know everything in details, connecting it, of course, with the reasons why you really want to become a part of it.
- What is your greatest strength/greatest weakness?
Whatever they ask you, remember it’s related to their company, so if you mention greatest strengths, make sure to connect it to something that the position you apply for would really benefit from. When it comes to greatest weakness, say that you are a perfectionist. They’ll love it.
- Why do you want this job?
When answering this question, always go in the direction that it is an excellent opportunity for your professional development and that you think it will really help you improve a lot. It’s the best answer you can give.
- Do you have any questions?
Always have questions for them. Of course, business-related questions! They would probably be disappointed if you told them that you don’t want to know anything about the employer. Don’t ask about the salary, but ask something more about the company, the culture, and the overall atmosphere in it.