Preparing for an interview can be nerve wracking. Since you’re reading this, I’m confident you’re going to do just fine. Preparation and research is the key. You need to anticipate what questions they are going to ask you in an interview.
If you’ve been on multiple interviews, you’ve encountered the same questions in almost all of them. They may have been asked in different ways, but the basics were the same. There is no way to know exactly what an interviewer will ask. Just be prepared.
Always do your research on the company. Know the job description and responsibilities for the position in which you are interviewing. Practice your responses to common questions asked in every interview.
Here are the most common questions that are asked in an interview.
If you were a “blank” what would you be?
The strangest question I had ever encountered was: “If you were an appliance, what appliance would you be?” I of course replied “a refrigerator”. It was the first thing that came to mind. Of course the interviewer then asked “Why?” Oh No! I thought. Why did I say that? “Because I’m cool under pressure and everyone needs me.” I replied. It might have been a bold statement, but we both got a good laugh out of it. Be ready for something off the wall and always answer confidently.
Why would you be a good fit with our organization?
Every company and organization has a mission statement. This is a great resource to understand what the company is about, and in essence, who they are looking for. State your experiences as it applies to position and use positive adjectives.
Why do you want to work for our organization?
The interviewer wants to hear signs that you’ve given their company some thought and that you are familiar with their operations. A great response would be, “(company’s name) mission statement and values are in line mine. I’m excited to work for a company that shares my same beliefs.” But make sure you can back it up by doing your research.
What are your weaknesses?
This is one of the toughest questions of all. Try to minimize your weaknesses, staying away from personal qualities. Use this question to show you’re professionalism. State your weakness and what steps you have taken to improve on it.
What are your goals?
Avoid looking too far into the future. Stick to your current objectives and your “five year plan”. Some employers will ask “what is your five year plan?”. Be ready for it. If you do not have a degree, state your intent on obtaining one. They want to see that you are ambitious and have goals in life. Keep them reasonable and attainable.
Why are you looking for a new Job?
If you currently don’t have a job, state your reason for leaving your previous employer. If you were laid off, state that it was due to cut backs. If you are currently employed, phrase your response in terms of professional growth and development in mind.
How do you handle disagreements or difficult situations with your boss, coworkers or employer?
You were born at night, but not last night. Don’t bite on this bait. The interviewer is looking for you to say something bad; Either about your old boss, your employer or your colleagues. They’re looking to hear about your conflict resolution skills and how you deal with a difficult situation If you begin bad mouthing, you have disgruntled employee written all over you. You will certainly not get the job. Remain professional and never state specific names of employees or employers.
You never know what questions you will be asked during an interview. All you can do is be prepared for anything and know the basics. Know how you want to portray yourself. Make sure you don’t have contradictions to your responses. The trickier interviewers will ask the same question in different forms, testing your truthfulness. Stay focused and stay calm. Write down possible questions you feel you will be asked, and how you will respond. Practice speaking out load, in front of the mirror or with friends and family.
If you’re prepared, the easier the interview will be. I’ve stress myself out before every interview I’ve ever had. I envision every question being asked and how I will respond, and I’ve never not gotten the job. Be confident and ambitious, the job is yours!