Here are the 10 Most Important Interview Questions with tips to answer them.
Giving an interview is never an easy task. It is nerve wracking and it exposes you to judgment. Nobody likes them, but sadly they are a part of life, and if you want a job then you need to give an interview, sometimes more than one.
However, just because you don’t like them, doesn’t mean you should be ill prepared for them. Here are the top 10 most important question that interviewers ask, with how best to answer them.
- Describe yourself.
While there is no right answer, keep in mind the company, the work culture of the company, and what the interviewer wants to hear. Focus on your positives, and those qualities that would make you a good candidate for the position.
- What are your greatest strengths?
Again focus on what the interviewer wants to hear, and what qualities would make you a best fit for the job. It is also a good idea to follow up with a situation where the said qualities shine.
- What Are Your Weaknesses?
Whatever weaknesses you say, be sure to follow it up with how you are working on overcoming them, or you have overcome them. Include an anecdote to show a situation where you had to deal with your weaknesses and you persevered despite them.
- Why Should We Hire You?
Specify how you are the perfect candidate for the job. List the advantages that you think you have over the other candidates and what qualities you would bring to the team.
- Why Do You Want to Work Here?
Boost their ego. Say how great the company is to work for. How your goals and objectives line up with the company’s, and how you really see yourself fit into the company’s culture. How you really admire their work ethic, etc.
- What Are Your Goals?
Don’t be generic. List specific goals for the next few years. Also list goals that would help the company as well.
- Why did you leave your last job?
Be honest, especially if it was downsizing. However, don’t be honest if you left because you didn’t like the boss. In this case, say something my goals and values did not align with the company, or that I felt my skills were not being utilized in the position, or that I needed more room to grow and develop within the company. But, whatever you do don’t appear to bash the previous company. Companies like loyalty. If you bash your previous company, what is to stop you from bashing the current one.
- What can you tell me about our company and/or industry?
This question is mainly there to see whether you did you homework. It is usually good to do a little research on the company and the industry. This question weeds out the candidates that are really serious about the position and the company, from those who apply to any and all jobs in the hope that it sticks.
- What are your salary expectations?
Again do your research. Know the going salary for someone in that position and for someone with your experience. You don’t have to know the exact figure but a ball park figure is fine. You just don’t want to quote something too high or too low. Also, keep in mind what the lowest expected salary is for you. This will be your walk away salary, where you will walk away from the job if they offer anything less.
- Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
This is again a tricky one. However, whatever you do, don’t lie or make up something. It is however okay to exaggerate a little. So think of an anecdote where you had to deal with a difficult project, or a difficult client or a difficult coworker, and say how you managed to keep it cool and deal with the situation and disperse the tension, etc. However, don’t say that you lost your cool or that yelled at the client or coworker. That just seems unprofessional.
Hopefully these tips to answer the top 10 most difficult interview questions will help you maneuver the difficult waters of your next interview.
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