So, you have secured a job interview or looking to prepare in advance. You are at the right place. Below are some of the most common interview questions that hiring managers will use and will expect you to answer smoothly and without hesitation.
Tell me about yourself
This is usually the first question that is asked when you take your seat with the interviewer. They usually ask this question to break the ice.
You want to answer this question as efficiently as possible, talk about your accomplishments and places that you have worked, maybe a little about your hobbies and where you have grown up. You can also talk about what motivates you.
Why do you want to work for us?
This question usually gets people out of focus because, most people are looking to make a living, we don’t really have much selection when it comes to the job selection. This question is usually asked to find out if you have researched the company.
That is why it is important to research the company before going for the interview, find out what they sell or manufacture or what services they provide. Also read about the company’s goals, mission statement and culture.
Why did you leave your previous job?
This question is asked to find out if you are willing to stay with the company for the long run and if there were any problems with your previous job. Remember that the company is also taking the risk of hiring you and providing training which costs the company time and resources.
Try to keep it as honest as possible. You could tell them that you are looking for better opportunities or looking to learn in a different field. Keep the conversation focused on the future.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Another common question that interviewers ask is, what are your strengths and weaknesses.
Remember to prepare yourself before the interview about what your strengths are, keep the answer related to the job and for your weaknesses, explain to them that your weaknesses will not distract you from your job and turn it into a positive direction.
What are your salary expectations?
The best method to answer this question is to think of how much you require from the job as a minimum and add on around 20% on top. This is done to leave room for negotiation if required.
This way you will leave knowing that you have secured the right salary and get even more than you bargained for.
If the offer is under the amount you set, then kindly decline the offer, and continue your search.
What are your goals for the future?
They can either ask you what your goals are for the next 5 or 10 years. The reason they ask this question is to find out if you are willing to stay in the company for the long term and to see if you are a job hopper.
Keep your answer simple and explain to the interviewer that your long-term goals align with the position being offered.
Remember your responses will become better the more you practice. Being prepared will boost your confidence and reduce stress during the interview.