Preparing for an interview can be a daunting task, and leaves many in a panicked state, which can often compromise a job that they are more than capable of. We believe that preparation is key, and to give you a step up on the competition we have compiled a list of common questions that are asked during interviews. Prepare your answers, prepare your questions and do your research. You can never over prepare for an interview. Here are some common questions:
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
A: A very common question during all interviews. You should be brief in your response, but remember to highlight all of your key assets and experience and help them understand why they should hire you for the job.
Q: Why do you want to work for this company?
A: This is your chance to show that you have researched the company in question, and match your skillset to their needs. Do your research!
Q: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
A: Again a very common question in many interview scenarios. Strengths are always an easy thing to describe, but to impress a potential employer, a good approach is to name an actual weakness, but then proceed it with the steps you would take to make that shortcoming disappear.
Q: Where do you see yourself in five years time?
A: This is an opportunity to show your interest in career progression, and show your drive towards career advancement within the field and company.
Q: Do you have any questions?
A: You can ask questions here about the company’s long term objectives, showing your interest for a position that may come available.
Research the company – we have said this time and time again but it can’t be exaggerated enough.
Try not to let your nerves get the best of you – If you are struggling for something to say, try to refrain from using verbal clutches such as ‘um’ , ‘like’, making an awkward joke or something similar. Catch a breath, collect yourself and continue.
Don’t appear overeager – this is a common mistake during interviews. Candidates will often answer every question in the most upbeat, desperate to please attitude. Whilst this is good to a degree, if overdone it can come across insincere, which will not bide well for you. This can also happen if you boast or over-exaggerate your qualifications.
Stay positive – keep up a good attitude and don’t talk negatively about former employees or employers, as it will lose conviction in your appeal.
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