No matter the career stage you’re at, the job hunt process can be gruesome, tedious and daunting. If, after all your efforts, you finally manage to land an interview, you’re going to want to do your best not to wreck it. Regardless of the number of interviews that you appear for, they have a tendency to be nerve-wrecking.
You’ve prepared for the interview, worn the best outfit, printed copies of your resume and calmed yourself to appear confident and flash a smile. The interview seems to be going great but suddenly the interviewer asks you a question that you’re not prepared for. And from here, the interview now goes downhill. To prevent this from happening again, you’ve made up your mind to prepare better for the next interview.
We’ve curated a list of the most common but important interview questions for you to prepare for. Although some of these questions may seem very characteristic or conversational, they come with a sub-text from the interviewer and need to be handled carefully. Preparing these questions well can help you get one step closer to your dream job!
Tell me about yourself: Provide a 2-3 minute elevator pitch about yourself while subtly indicating the features that would enable you to perform the job you’re applying for. Mentioning some traits and qualities that are off your resume is a great idea as well. Be careful to never lie with this question as it can easily be found out.
Walk me through your resume in 5 minutes: This would be another way of asking you to tell the interviewer about yourself while highlighting key factors of your resume.
Mention 3 strengths: Another classic question to be prepared for is talking about your strengths along with instances of each.
Mention 3 weaknesses: Another classic question to be prepared for is talking about your weaknesses along with actions that you are taking to overcome these weaknesses.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years: This question focuses on your short-term career goals and expectations.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: This question focuses on your long-term career goals and expectations.
Why do you want to work in this industry: A question generally targeted at freshers, this gives the interviewer an insight into your reasoning for entering a particular industry and a particular field.
Why this company: A very common question that you must be prepared to answer is why you want to work with that specific company instead of all the others out there.
How did you find out about this job: A question where instead of being vague you can express your enthusiasm for the company and also mention any contacts with the company if any.
Why are you looking to switch jobs: If you’re switching jobs, be prepared to answer this and be careful not to bad mouth your current employers!
Why did you quit your previous jobs: If you’ve worked in the past but currently find yourself unemployed, be prepared to answer this question without bad-mouthing your previous employers.
Why should we hire you or What makes you a good fit for this role: The interviewer is giving you an opportunity to highlight your skill-set, knowledge, and experience that would make you better suited for the role than other candidates.
Tell me about a conflict you faced at work and how you handled it: Be prepared with an instance to answer this one.
What are your salary expectations: One of the most awkward yet crucial questions in the interview, be very well prepared to answer and negotiate over this one.
Do you have any questions for us: A closing remark from the interviewer in an attempt to identify whether the candidate is interested in learning more about the organisation or his role before the interview ends.