Even if the mere idea of a job interview makes you really nervous, with a little preparation you’ll be ready to face any questions asked by recruiters. Here’s a list of 15 most common job interview questions and how to respond to each of them to make a good impression.
1. Tell me about yourself.
A tricky classic. Say something not included in your resume – it’s like a short pitch of yourself and what makes you a desired employee.
2. Tell me about your education.
Talk about what you’ve learned, what projects you worked on and how it’s all relevant to the position.
3. How did you learn about the position?
If you’re here because of a reference, mention it. If you saw a posting, say why it caught your eye.
4. Why should we hire you?
Sell yourself to the recruiter by emphasizing your qualifications and passion for the job.
5. How do you work under stress?
Say how you handle stress – do you sweat it out in the gym or have killer prioritizing skills?
6. What is your desired salary?
Don’t guess, but go for an average – it’s no use being too modest or overly confident here.
7. What do you know about this company?
Mention the company’s mission, values and priorities and you’ll nail this question.
8. What are your strengths?
Be specific and relevant by always following up with examples which show those traits.
9. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Share your track record of previous achievements which are relevant to the position. If you’re freshly out of college, mention projects that were noteworthy and what they taught you.
10. What are your weaknesses?
Talk about something you’re struggling with and show how you plan to improve it. Don’t act like a perfect robot – that kind of attitude won’t impress anyone.
11. What type of environment do you prefer?
Before saying anything, try to learn whether the company provides the work environment you like. If it’s the case, just say the truth – this way you’ll make everyone’s life easier.
12. What are you looking for in a this position?
Be specific and state all professional goals that the position actually offers.
13. What are your goals for the future?
This is a question meant to check whether this position is in line with your career goals. If you’re sitting there, it probably is so just be honest and state your goals.
14. Have you got any questions for us?
This is when you can check whether the job is right for you – ask about specifics like your responsibilities, the number of teammates or the management style.
15. Why do you want this job?
Show your passion for the position, express your interest in the company’s activity and identify key factors that make you a perfect fit for the role.
Prepare for your interview by rehearsing your answers and you’ll surely make a great impression on recruiters.
Torri Myler is a human resources specialist at http://www.bankopening.co.uk/. She is very enthusiastic about using new media such as gamification for recruitment. She believes in the potential of the Internet and new technologies for professional and personal development.