Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Tell me more about yourself. The biggest mistake people make here is focusing on their personal lives. The interviewer is not interested in your hobbies, don’t take this personally. Your response should be professional and job-relevant. Highlight what makes you the perfect candidate.

What is your greatest weakness? What they really want to know is how you have overcome obstacles in the past and how you will handle failure in the future. Everyone has flaws, but the way we conduct ourselves following a failure determines our resiliency. Hiring managers want to hire someone who will learn from their mistakes and prevent them in the future.

Give me an example of a time where… For this question you’ll need to prepare 2 or 3 examples of times you have resolved a confl, communicated effectively, confronted an employee, motivated a group, or elevated customer satisfaction. Interviewers ask this question to evaluate your capability in a given role. Your examples should be relevant to the job you are applying for.

Why do you want this job? Answers like a higher salary, shorter commute or better hours will not make you stand out at the end of the day. This is an opportunity to use your knowledge about the company and position. Focus on your relevant experience, and future goals that make you the perfect candidate. Present yourself as an asset to the company.

Where do you see yourself in five years? In order to nail this interview question, you should emphasize your interest in a long-term career. The last thing they want is to hire someone who does not visualize a future for themselves at the company. Your enthusiasm and commitments foreshadows your job performance and satisfaction.

So instead of twiddling your thumbs or biting your lip the next time these questions are asked, rehearse your answers until they become second nature. You should be as sure about your answers as you want the interviewer to be about you.