Job Interview Questions

Job Interview Questions

Job Interview Questions. Before heading into a job interview, it’s essential to prepare to answer a range of common job interview questions.

While you can’t anticipate – or memorize – the responses to every interview question you’ll be asked, practicing good answers, brainstorming anecdotes and doing the research to address these types of interview questions is a great place to start. Better yet, rehearse your answers aloud with a friend who can offer insightful feedback and help you practice to overcome your pre-interview jitters. 

You’ll know that you’re ready for the interview when you fully understand the company, its mission, the job description and how your experience fits in with the goals of the position and employer. Know how your narrative meets the job requirements and how it relates to the responsibilities of the job.

Prepare for These Job Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself. This “wide open” question is one of the hardest to answer. Keep your answer short – use it as an opportunity to highlight the skills and experiences that mesh well with the job description.  
  • Why do you want to work here? You need to do your research before responding to typical interview questions such as “Why do you want to work here?” Get an understanding of the company’s initiatives, mission, industry and major projects – and use that information in your response.
  • Why should we hire you? You’ll need to highlight what sets you apart from other candidates and why you’re a fantastic fit for the position. One trick: Use the language or words in the job posting when talking about yourself to subtly show your fit for the role.
  • What interests you about this job? Doing your research and understanding the parameters of the job is essential to nailing this common question.Before the interview, create a list of your skills that meet the job’s requirements and practice explaining how your work history sets you up to succeed and thrive in the new position.
  • Have you used our product/service? If the company develops a product or service available to the public, make sure you’ve used it prior to the interview. Play around with it and think carefully about what you like about it – and what could use improvement. “The best conversations come from when the is speaking from their own experience.”
  • How would you improve our product/service? A familiarity with the services the company provides is crucial to answering this tricky interview question. “The best candidates can give me their own ideas or suggestions about how they can improve things,” Sahami says. “Get as much information as you can from what is available to you online, through user groups, professional groups. Get your arms around the products, services and technology as much as possible.”
  • Tell me about a time when… You’re probably going to be asked to describe a time when you failed or succeeded. To answer these questions, prepare a few anecdotes that can work for a range of “Tell me about a time” questions. And practice telling them before your interview. The one answer you can’t give: “Oh, I can’t think of an example right now.”
  • What’s your greatest strength? This is an opportunity to sing your own praises, relating them back to your professional experiences. One way to really highlight your strengths: if you’re interviewing for a technology job, talk about how much code you’re writing.
  • Tell me about your weaknesses. To answer this, “You need to know where your gaps are”. Prepare one or two examples of the skills you’re working to improve. Find the silver lining and the professional lessons that you can use when talking about the sections of your CV that are weakest. After all, everyone has a weakness or a CV gap and answering this question confidently is key to making a good impression on your interviewer.
  • What salary range are you looking for? No interviewee wants to be caught off-guard by this question and accidentally suggest a low salary range. Research typical salariesand determine your wage range ahead of time in case this tricky question arises.
  • Do you have any questions for me? Your interviewer will close the conversation with this question for you. Make sure that you have some questions prepared…

For help and advice with interview technique, please contact Sincerity Personnel 01279 260096


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