Job interviews can be stressful and confusing; especially when it comes to interview questions. Even seasoned professionals can trip up on questions if they are not prepared for them. There is no way to know exactly what your interviewer will ask, but becoming well versed in some popular question can give you an edge. Here are 6 popular questions asked during the interview process and how you should answer them.
This is a very broad question and is mostly used to judge your personality. Are you conceited? Humble? Talkative? Shy? When you answer this question try to offer facts. What makes you unique? Do you have a special skill set? What is a compliment you've received before? Think of these things to craft a detail yet concise answer.
They are asking you why you want to work for the company. For many people, their first few jobs are not what they want to be doing; for them it is a starter job. For these times say something similar to, "This is a position in my chosen field and this company appears to be one where I can continue to advance. Although this is not the position I want to be in 10 years from now, it is an excellent position in a company I w uld love to continue working for. If this is the ob you want the rest of your life try to look excited, even if you are nervous. Think about you love about your chosen career and about the opportunities this company will give to you. Use that in your answer.
With this question you don't want to appear like you've researched the company on Wikipedia, but you also doesn't want to seem completely unknowledgeable. Look on the company website and browse through Google. Pick two or three facts but allow them to explain more about the company at the interview.
This is the question where you want to make any bad situations seem a little better. Never talk about how much you hated your boss or talk about the difficult things they made you do. Top answers for this question include: "I was looking for something that would be more in line with my future goals," and "I felt that it was time for me to move on from that particular company. Our philosophies were beginning to clash."
This is where you should elaborate on what you have listed on your resume. If you wrote on your application that you managed a 5 person team, then talk about what type of work you did. Was the team successful with their project? What difficulties did the team overcome? What were some of your daily responsibilities?
No, this does not mean you should rag on yourself. Answers you should not give include: "I can be lazy," "Sometimes I miss deadlines," and "I can ask too many personal question of coworkers." Your strengths should be mentioned in a way that has a positive spin. You want to talk with ease about your weakness but you also want to make them seem like they could easily become strengths.
Of course, there are many other questions that can be asked of you during the interview process. However, having an answer for these popular questions can help you be prepared and have an edge over the competition.