10 Most Common Interview Questions

10 Most Common Interview Questions

Here are the most common interview questions you can expect to be asked in your interview and advice on how you can answer with effective responses.

1 – Tell Me About Yourself

This question is probably the most asked question in an interview. It is a great ice breaker and allows you to talk about something you are comfortable with. Have something prepared that doesn’t sound rehearsed. It’s not about you telling your life story, but more about your education, career and current situation. Ensure you work through it chronologically from the furthest back to the present.

2 – What do you know about this company?

Ensure that you do your homework about the company you are interviewing for. Research online and find out who the directors are, if they have recently accomplished anything outstanding and any other relevant information. This will surely help you stand out from the rest.

3 – Why do you want to work here?

The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you’ve given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. For example, “I’ve selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices.”

4- Why are you looking for another job?

This question appears to be a simple question, yet it is easy to slip. We suggest not mentioning money at this stage as you may come across as totally mercenary. If you are currently employed you can say it’s about developing your career and yourself as an individual. If you are in the unfortunate position of having been downsized stay positive and keep it brief. If you were fired you should have a solid explanation. Whatever your circumstances do not go into the drama and detail and stay positive.

5- Why do you want this job?

Here is where your research will come in handy. You may want to say that you want to work for a company that is x, y, z, (market leader, innovator, provides a vital service, whatever it may be). Put some thought into this beforehand, be specific and link the company’s values and mission statement to your own goals and career plans.

6- How do you handle working under pressure?

This can be answered in a number of ways. You may be the sort of person that works well under pressure; you may even thrive under pressure. Whatever the case may be just make sure you don’t say you panic. You want to give specific examples of stressful situations and how well you dealt with them. You may also want to list a few tools you use to help you, such as to do lists etc. It is alright to say that if you feel you are way over your head you will ask for assistance. It is equally acceptable to say that you work best under pressure if this is indeed the case and relevant to the particular role.

7 – What would you consider your strengths?

Just remember the interviewer is looking for work related strengths. Mention a number of them such as being a good motivator, problem solver, performing well under pressure, loyal, positive attitude, eager to learn, taking the initiative, attention to detail. Whichever you go for, be prepared to give examples that illustrate this particular skill.

8- What would you consider your weaknesses?

This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimising your weaknesses and emphasising your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on your trade skills.

9-  What kind of decisions do you find most difficult to take?
The logic behind this type of question is that your past behaviour is likely to predict what you will do in the future. What the interviewer is looking for is to understand what you find difficult. There is no right or wrong here. 

10- Do you have any questions?

This question is pretty common. Have some questions prepared. This will show you have done some research and are eager to know and learn as much as possible. You probably don’t want to ask more than 3 or 4 questions. Try and use questions that focus on you becoming an asset to the company. A generic one might be “how soon can I start if I were to get the job”. Another idea is to ask what you would be working on and how quickly they expect you to be able to be productive. Remember to ask about next steps and when you can expect to hear back.

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11 April 2016 Posted By : Admin 0 Comments


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