Do you get nervous before a job interview? For me, I'm usually pretty confident but I do still get sweaty palms and butterflies in my stomach. Attractive, I know. Before any interview, I research the company and even the person I'm meeting with. Google, Facebook and LinkedIn will be your best friends for this. I also prepare mentally for my interview by rehearsing standard questions that I know I'll probably get asked. With a little practice, you can master the most common questions a hiring manager will throw your way. Trust me, being prepared is an easy way to ease your nerves. I've compiled the top 10 questions you should answer without second thought. Next time you have an interview for your dream job you'll feel much more confident having studies these questions. :)
Question: Tell me about your career history?
Answer: Your résumé is just one page, and it can't tell your story like you can. Share prime examples that display your best skills. When preparing for this question, it can be good to pull out all the positive feedback you’ve received during your career. Don't worry — you've got this.
Question: What did you like least about your last job?
Answer: This can be a loaded question, so be careful how you answer. If you hate your job, you don't really want to go off on a tirade about all the reasons why. This may have the hiring manager questioning how difficult of an employee you may potentially be. Instead, focus on general things like, "The role did not offer the potential for growth." Or "I want to work with a company that's fulfilling."
Question: Why do you want to work here?
Answer: Your answer to this question should show that you’ve done your research on the company and the people you’ll be working with. Perhaps you like to volunteer and you saw that this company is big on giving back to the community — bring this up. You can even talk about what impressed you after doing some research on the company. If I'm being honest, this question should be a no-brainer. This is your chance to express your enthusiasm for the company, and help the hiring manager understand why you’d be a good fit for the job. TIP: If you aren't excited about anything the company has to offer, maybe this isn't the place for you. Remember, don't settle if you don't have to.
Question: What's your management style?
Answer: Even if you've never been a manager before, you still have a management style. Think back to all of the wonderful and not-so-wonderful bosses you've had. I'm sure you can list out all of the good qualities of your favorite previous bosses. And when it comes to horrible bosses, I'm sure you've probably even thought, when I'm the boss, I'll never, ever do X or Z. You've been planning your management style all along, even if you weren't tuned in to it.
Question: What are your weaknesses?
Answer: This may seem like a weird question for someone to ask you. Having a smart and thoughtful response to this question can show the hiring manager that you’re self-aware, and willing to grow and change. In the past, I use to mention that I'm a perfectionist (true) and I need to find a better work-life balance (also true). Be honest, but don’t reveal too much.
Question: What motivates you?
Answer: Although this question isn't difficult, it helps to prepare beforehand. So...what motivates you? Perhaps it's money, family or even personal goals. You definitely want to make sure your response fits with the culture of the job you're applying for. If you're interviewing for a non-profit company, I would not recommend saying you're motivated to earn a big paycheck. :P
Question: What do you think we could do better?
Answer: With this question, you need to do your research. You need to be honest without being too harsh. If you're interviewing for a social media position, perhaps you can come prepared with a quick analysis of what you see being done and how you could improve on this. That will help the interviewer understand the value you may bring to the job.
Question: Why should we hire you over the other candidates?
Answer: You are special — truly unique. And it's impossible to express that on a résumé. It may seem unnatural to brag about your strengths, but this is where you do it! So take this moment and share your skills, qualities and stories about what makes you so special. You go Glen Coco!
Question: Is there anything you want to add that we didn't cover?
Answer: Just so you know, the answer should always be yes! Yes, you have more to add. It's likely there's a great moment in your career that you didn't get to talk about. If there was a question you thought you'd get asked but didn't, this is also the time to share your thoughts (as long as it benefits you). But make sure you don't blabber on too long. It's better to wrap things up on a high note and leave feeling good about the interview.
Question: What questions do you have for us?
Answer: This is another question you don't want to say no to. You should always prepare (mentally or write down) at least 3 questions you have for the employer/company. If you cover everything (even your questions), and you truly can't come up with anything, explain this. I usually say, "Actually, I came prepared with a few questions but after speaking with you, it appears we've covered everything I wanted to know."
What questions do you think I should add to this list? Is there anything you personally get nervous about during an interview? Comment below and let me know!
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