Interview Questions And Answers
Interview Questions And Answers — > What To Ask After Interview | Why Should We Hire You | Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years | Why Do You Want to Work Here | What Is Your Greatest Weakness | What Are Your Strengths | Why To Quit Last / Previous Job | Tell Me About Yourself | Cracking A Phone Interview
A job interview is a one-on-one interview consisting of a conversation between a job applicant and a representative of an employer which is conducted to assess whether the applicant should be hired. Interviews are one of the most popularly used devices for employee selection. Interviews vary in the extent to which the questions are structured, from a totally unstructured and free-wheeling conversation, to a structured interview in which an applicant is asked a predetermined list of questions in a specified order; structured interviews are usually more accurate predictors of which applicants will make good employees, according to research studies.
Can you tell me more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this job?
This is your chance to learn as much as possible about the role so you can decide whether this is a job you really want. By learning more about the day-to-day tasks, you will also gain more insight into what specific skills and strengths are needed and you can address any topics that haven’t already been covered……
How to Answer: Why Should We Hire You?
This is your chance to wow them with your highlight reel. Your answer should summarize the top three or four best reasons to hire you. It’s better to have three or four strong reasons with memorable descriptions and/or examples than to rattle off a laundry list of twelve strengths without context……
How Not to Answer “Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?”
Don’t overthink it: “Well, that’s a very hard question. I don’t know what I’ll be doing in 5 years….hmmmm….that’s tough.” In my work with individual clients, I’ve seen this mistake a million times. It’s great that you take the question seriously, but you are not being evaluated based on accuracy of answer…..
The interviewer is looking for similar things whether asking about company or position. The hiring manager wants to:
- Learn about your career goals and how this position fits into your plan
- Make sure that you are sincerely interested in the job and will be motivated to perform if hired
- Find out what you know about the company, industry, position (and if you took the time to research)
- Understand your priorities and preferences — which aspects of the company and/or job are appealing to you and why? ……
What is your greatest weakness?
This is probably the most common phrasing.
• What are some of your weaknesses?
Here you are being asked for more than one. The interviewer knows you have that one B.S. weakness prepared and wants to push you for more (see also: follow-up questions below)
• What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Some interviewers will ask you to sum up both strengths and weaknesses in one answer….
How to Talk About Your Strengths
It’s important to take the time to identify your strengths and PRACTICE talking about them in advance. That way, you’ll be ready when you walk into that interview for your dream job. Let’s start by identifying/confirming what your greatest strengths are….
Focus on the important qualities of your current position
As an applicant, it is important to focus on your job performance at your current position in addition to achievements. Ask yourself, “How did I go above and beyond my current position’s job description?”……
This is for candidates who are currently employed. If you’ve got a job, why do you want to leave it?
Annoyingly enough, you’ll usually fare better in the job search if you already have a job. However, your potential employers will ALWAYS want to know why you’re thinking about bailing on your current gig.
There are many good reasons to leave a position — some that should be discussed in a job interview and some that absolutely should not…..
Sharing too much or too little information isn’t a good idea. The interviewer doesn’t want to know everything about you, but disclosing too little can make him or her wonder why you aren’t more open….
Job seekers should prepare for a phone interview as seriously as they do for an in-person one. A seemingly cursory phone interview is actually the most important step. If you don’t ace this step, the next steps never happen. How does one ace it?…..