Receiving a call to schedule a job interview can be both a relief and a cause for anxiety. On the one hand, the first stage of the job-hunting process could be over, while on the other, you will have to pass the in-person interview. Preparing yourself for this part of the process is equally, if not more important than writing the resume, itself.
The interview portion of the hiring process will be more detailed, in-depth, and will focus on your skills, as well as your knowledge of the company and the role that you are applying for. All of these will imply a series of questions that most commonly are asked in an interview. And while it’s not recommended to have canned answers for every question, it’s best that you come prepared. The biggest mistake that most people make in these situations is to believe that they can just wing it.
That said, here are some of the most common interview questions and how to prepare for them.
Can You Tell Us a Bit About Yourself?
This question is all about whether you will be a good fit within the organization. Like with most other questions, this one needs to be, at least in part, tailored to the company’s culture. Try answering this question without giving too much or too little information about yourself. Start by talking about some personal interests, a brief account about where you grew up and your education, as well as what motivates you to be in this profession.
What your Greatest Strength?
This question aims to determine whether you are qualified for the position. You should answer it based on the attributes that best speak for that specific job. If, for instance, you are applying for a cyber-security position, you should mention something along the lines of being inherently curious and how you like to stay on top of all related trends, tools, and technologies.
What Your Biggest Weakness?
Besides identifying any red flags, this question is asked to measure your honesty and self-awareness. The best way to answer it is to talk about something that you’ve been struggling with but are working to improve. For instance, if you’ve had problems with public speaking, you’ve probably volunteered to run meetings, talk to clients, or other such things that made you more comfortable in that situation.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This question aims to uncover three things. The recruiter wants to know if you have any realistic expectation from your career; if you have the necessary ambition (if this is the first time you asked yourself this question); and whether the position aligns with your future goals. It okay to say that you’re not entirely sure what the future holds, but you see the job you’re applying for as an experience that will help you determine that future.
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