Tips for Common Interview Questions
Going to an interview for a job you’re excited about and hopeful to get can be nerve-wracking! You want to make a good impression, be confident, and have all the right answers—but what are the questions?! There are many tools to help you prepare for an interview, from what time to arrive and what to wear to what materials to bring and how to present yourself. In this article on helping with the job search, we’re going to focus in on common interview questions and how you can be prepared to answer.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I don’t know what my weekend plans are three days from now, but, sure, let’s lay out my life plan during an interview! You may feel that way about this question, but it’s a popular one and it’s best to keep it simple. Stick with basic goals—you see yourself earning a promotion or buying a home.
Tell us about your last job?
Your job history is a given during the searching and hiring process. They want to see what you’ve done and probably why you left. Even if you hated your previous job or boss, it’s best to say what you learned or how you grew from your last position. Stay positive!
Why do you think you’re a good fit for this position?
If you responded to a job posting or ad, reference requirements they were looking for and compare them to your own experience and skills. If you need more information first in order to properly answer this question, then ask! What are they hoping to get out of this position and what is expected?
What do you expect from your boss (or co-workers)?
This sounds like a tricky question, but, again, it’s best to keep it basic! You expect them to be fair. Or maybe you expect them to be inspiring, encouraging, motivating, an advisor, etc.
How do you stay motivated on the job?
It’s probably not a great idea to say money or vacations. Think beyond that and figure out what truly motivates you to succeed and work hard—is it a team environment or helping others? Maybe it’s reaching goals or being recognized.
What are your weaknesses?
Most will see beyond the “strengths disguised as weaknesses” attempt, so it’s probably best to just skip it. Try to come up with one thing that’s truly your weakness, but that’s also something easy to fix and give examples of how you’re improving and working on it.
Do you have any questions?
This is a common way to end the interview and you should always ask at least one question! It shows interest and that you’ve done some research.
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