Recruiters see dozens of resumes when it comes to finding the right candidate. Once a resume is selected, an interview is scheduled. We hope you’ve aced the resume challenge, now we share the top 10 common interview questions to prep you for the next round.
1. Tell me about yourself.
This is not your biography or E! special. Focus on career highlights; look at this question as your elevator pitch.
2. What are your weaknesses?
The most common interview question and perhaps the most dreaded is regarding weaknesses. Use this question to showcases your strengths. Discuss a situation in which you were able to learn and grow.
3. What is your greatest strength?
The best was to share a strength is with a story. An internal or external award acts as support for a strength you may discuss.
4. Why did you leave your last position (or plan to leave)?
You’re focused on a future, but before that, the hiring agent wants to understand your past. If a company downsized, highlight how long you stayed. If you chose to broaden your career scope, be honest. If you left on good terms, you have nothing to worry about.
5. Give an example of when you went above and beyond a job expectation.
This answer allows you to discuss the way you’ve grown from perhaps researching to making full blown pitches.
6. What are you goals?
We’ve addressed your history, now let’s explore your future! You are in an interview for an immediate hire, discuss more immediate goals highlighting why this position meets your next step. Focus on a 2-year period when answering.
7. Why should we hire you?
There are always a handful of candidates scheduled for interviews. Why should you be the chosen candidate? Highlight a resume experience exemplifying that you have the right skill set to fill the open position. Offer yourself as the solution to their need.
8. Why do you want to work here?
A common interview question has to be the opportunity to explain why you want the position at stake. Exhibit that your wants are their needs. This aligns you as a good fit for the job. Relay your desire to join their business family.
9. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Pick an accomplishment that suits the job’s description and needs. Be genuine as you speak. It is less about the size of the accomplishment and more about how you have the experience to serve their needs.
10. Do you have any questions for me?
Do not get caught up in contractual conversation here. Continue to showcase your knowledge on interest in the company. This is your lasting impression, make it count.
Most important, be comfortable and be you! Good luck on your interview.