Lack of preparation is a big mistake when going for a job interview. Going through what you expect to be asked will minimize stress and put you at ease. Here are some questions likely to be asked in a job interview and how best to approach them.
Tell me about yourself.
Talk about your personality, job experience, ambitions, and traits. It is also okay to discuss things you like to do outside of your job.
Why are you leaving your current job or why were you fired?
Be positive and talk about the future, such as how you want to grow and achieve more and how you want to explore new possibilities. Don’t talk negatively about your former boss or company. In case you were fired due to a mistake, try to minimize the severity of the situation. For instance, you could say there was a difference in opinion.
What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
When giving your strengths, you should be accurate, relevant, and specific. Don’t just list adjectives like how hardworking you are. Instead, give examples such as how you handled a project successfully. When giving your weaknesses, be honest about it and talk about the steps you’re taking to seek self-improvement.
What is your salary expectation?
First, you should have an idea of the pay rate in the market. It is okay to describe it in ranges and not be specific. You could also include other benefits like pensions and insurance. However, be careful not to overprice or undersell yourself.
What is your management or leadership style?
The best way to answer this question is to give a few examples of leadership challenges you’ve faced, and how you dealt with the situation, motivated a team, or worked through a conflict.
Why should we hire you?
When answering this question, you should be confident, focused, and concise. You should talk about how you can not only do the work but also deliver great results and fit in with the team and culture of the workplace.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
This is the opportunity to talk about your ambitions and goals. It is also okay to talk about how you’d like to progress from the position on offer. Demonstrate how the position aligns with your long term goals.
How do you deal with stressful situations?
Give an answer that demonstrates that you can be calm and productive and still achieve the set goals in a stressful environment. Then give an example of a stressful event you faced and the tactics you used to overcome it.
What kind of work environment do you like best?
Try not to describe an environment that is against the company’s policy. For example, if you prefer a flexible schedule but the company doesn’t offer one, then focus elsewhere. Try to portray how the company’s working environment will work for you.
Do you have any questions?
You should always answer “yes” to this question. This is the opportunity to learn more about the company, their ways, and their policies. It also shows that you have an interest in working with them and that you did your research before coming to the interview.