While you should prepare for the interview depending on the type of company, there are also several questions that interviewers are likely to ask in every type of interview. These types of questions are usually quite straight forward, however, the way you answer can either improve or decrease the chances of you being chosen. In this article, we will give you ten of the most common asked questions in interviews.
“Tell me about yourself”
Most of the time the interviewer would already know about you from the CV or social media. Re explain your CV and ensure that what you say is in line with what you have in the CV. In addition to that speak about your previous experiences at other jobs and why you left. Also, mention previous work experiences that will be of use in the role that you are applying for.
“What are your biggest strengths?”
Be honest, confident and precise about your answer. In addition to that, show how your strengths can be used at work place and if possible, provide a few examples of how your particular strength was beneficial in previous experiences.
“What is your biggest weakness?”
It is true many people suggest to explain how your weakness can be turned into a strength, however, realistically, most of the time it is not the case. It is normal to have weaknesses and what you have to do in the interview is to be honest, however, point out how you are trying to improve and overcomes the weakness.
“Where do you see yourself in the next five years?”
Show that you are ambitious, however, also realistic. Tell the interviewer what you wish and plan to achieve. You can also tell them what you wish to achieve if you get chosen for the job, however, thread carefully and ensure that you do not over step with your answers.
“Why should we hire you?”
Do not try to compare yourself with other people, especially if you do not know them. Simply highlight your passion, attributes, strengths, qualifications and past experiences that you believe can be beneficial for the work you are being interviewed for. Be confident in your answers.
“Why do you want to work with our company?”
This answer requires a lot of research. Search as much as possible about the company, its vision, mission statement, objectives and learn about the company. The more you know, the easier it is for you to answer this question. Apart from that, by researching about the company, the easier for you to decide if you want to work with the particular company.
“Why did you leave your job?”
You should not complain and speak badly of your other job. Speak about what you learned, and why you believe that this move will improve your career. Talk about what you wish to achieve and why you think the new company will be beneficial for your personal growth.
It is recommended that you ask questions, as apart from depicting your interest, you will also learn things about the company and about your role. Last but not least, you will also get to decide whether you truly want to work for this company.