Even if you’ve put together a faultless resume and you’re dressed perfectly for the position, you still have a lot riding on the interview – perhaps the most yet. If you’ve made it to the interview, you’ve come pretty far. Make sure you don’t blow it at this point by not knowing what to expect or how to respond. Expecting the following questions and knowing answers will help you demonstrate professionalism and competence.
Tell Us Something About Yourself
This question has about as much potential as anything you could be asked. Don’t talk about your love of climbing, however, talk about anything that relates to you and the job for which you’re applying. Think of your history, your traits, your characteristics and how they might relate to the job at hand. Don’t drone on too much about yourself but if at all possible provide a little insight into how who you are specifically qualifies you for this job.
What Would Be Your Greatest Strengths As An Employee
This question let’s you brag about yourself just a little, which everyone should enjoy. Expound on the traits you mentioned when asked about yourself, but go into a little more detail. Once again, make sure your answers specifically reflect those abilities relevant to the job.
What Would Be Your Greatest Weakness: Nobody likes being asked about their faults, but this can be an excellent question to help you point out a place in which you’re working on improving. Avoid the completely cliché answers like “I’m a perfectionist” and answer honestly with something that hopefully isn’t directly associated with the position for which you’re applying.
Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job
You could get asked many different questions about your current or most recent employment. Make sure to keep your answers positive. Don’t badmouth your boss too much because your new potential employer is most likely trying to judge how much of a team player you are. The best ways to answer would be to honestly reply that “there wasn’t enough opportunity for growth” or that there “wasn’t enough work to keep you busy and you like to stay as productive as possible.”
Of course you will often be able to answer honestly and innocuously with news that you’re relocating your family or that your position was eliminated due to corporate downsizing. Don’t shy away from those answers, they won’t hurt.
Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years
It’s important to answer this question with practical, common sense answers. Don’t tell your interviewer that you hope to be retired or in his position. Once again, keep your answer to specifics relevant to the job. Mention your hopes for growth with skill sets relevant for the position for which you’re applying. It also can be an excellent idea to ask what a characteristic career path for someone in your position with your skills at this company looks like.
Clearly, making it to the interview is only half the battle. Don’t ruin your chances of getting the job by not expecting the previous questions or being comfortable with good, professional answers to them.