Possible Interview Questions
You’ve written a bomb-ass CV that a recruiter has found worthy enough to invite you for an interview. You’re worried, anxious, and scared. What if you blow your big opportunity? The closest you have been to an interview was going on dates in University and even those ended horribly.
This is the first interview you would attend and want to perform excellently. You know an interview is mostly about the interviewer asking questions and getting to know you, but What are the possible interview questions?
There are several possible interview questions ranging from personal to professional.
Let’s dive into them, shall we?
- Can We Know You?/ Introduce Yourself: This is typically the first question asked in an interview. It serves as an icebreaker and an opportunity for the interviewer to get to know you better. The proper way to respond to this question is to share a summary of your career trajectory and relevant experience. It’s best to keep the content detailed yet concise to avoid digressing into irrelevant details.
- Why Do You Want to Work With This Company?: This is an opportunity to show your potential employers you’ve researched the company, the value you hope to add, and your career projections within the company. In case it wasn’t clear enough, RESEARCH THE COMPANY! Find out all you can about the company, not only because of the interview but also for yourself.
- What are your Strengths and Weaknesses: This question helps employers assess your value, self-awareness, and willingness to improve. To answer the question on weaknesses, Describe one personal trait that you believe needs improvement, even though it doesn’t impact your ability to perform your job responsibilities. Explain your awareness of the trait and the steps you’re taking to improve it. Buttress your strengths in relation to the job requirements.
- Why Should We Hire You?: This question, if answered properly, is an opportunity to sell yourself to the recruiter. The best approach to answer this question is to focus on what you can offer to the company. What are your unique skills and qualities that can benefit the organization? What would you accomplish if you were to be hired? This question helps you properly highlight your strengths, skills, and values.
- Describe a difficult situation you were in and how you overcame it: This question requires you to dig within the coffers of your experiences, particularly your work experience. You can answer this question using the STAR approach/method. The STAR method is a structured manner of responding to a behavioral-based interview question by discussing the SITUATION, TASK, ACTION, and RESULT of the situation you are describing. This simply means establishing the difficult situation you were in(situation), what you needed to do to handle the situation(Task), How you handled the situation (Action), and the result of your action (Result). This approach helps you effectively streamline your answer.
- Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?: This question requires honesty and diplomacy. Honesty because you don’t want to be caught in a lie. Diplomacy because saying “I left because I got into a physical altercation with my boss” isn’t exactly a Yippee! It doesn’t matter if your boss was the first to throw the punch. This is one of those questions where your answer has to be positive. “I left my last job because we had different perspectives on certain issues.” has a nicer ring to it. Be consistent in your answer when meeting with representatives of a prospective employer, because they may compare notes.
- What are Your Salary Expectations?: There are countless tips online about how to answer this question because it is a tricky one. Your salary expectations should be majorly influenced by industry standards and the cost of living. Before attending the interview, research the salary range for the role you are applying for or seek guidance from people in the industry. Armed with this information, you would be in a better position to answer this question. However, it is unwise to answer this question directly. It is advisable to begin by asking what the company’s budget is for the role you are applying for. Most times the recruiter would insist you state your price. In this case, you can mention a price range e.g. “Considering industry standards, the company’s compensation practices, current cost of living, and my skill set, I think a salary range between $80,000 and $90,000 is fair.” Oftentimes, the recruiter would ask you to name a specific amount. At this stage, it is advisable that you name an amount slightly higher than your desired amount and show willingness to negotiate.
- Do You Have Any Questions?: DO NOT SAY NO! This is a great opportunity to show your enthusiasm and ask the interviewer questions because, after all, An Interview is a Two-way Street. Read more about possible questions to a recruiter in an interview by clicking the link.
Armed with this wealth of information, walk into that interview and, as Queen Mother Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty said, “Shine bright like a diamond.”
Best Of Luck!
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