Preparing for an interview would require you to anticipate questions and answer them to the satisfaction of the interviewer. When you are sure about the questions that may be asked, it becomes easier for you to get through the whole process successfully and even end up getting the dream job that you were after!
Smart answers to common interview questions
So, here in this article, we shall look into some of the most common interview questions and possible answers for them.
1. Tell something about yourself
Here the interviewer is not really interested in your answer but what they are looking at is, your confidence, enthusiasm and the passion that you answer with. It’s the best time to show off your communication skills. Many people end up saying, I love watching movies, and I like to go out with friend etc. but that is not the right way to answer this question. What you need to talk about is your education, you past work experience if you have any and your personal interests.
It is important that you share basic information about yourself early on in the interview. Maybe you can tell the number of years you have been working, or when you have graduated from the college. However, make sure that you don’t divulge too many details about yourself. Also, please refrain from giving out your political beliefs or religion
2. Why did you leave your last work?
Here, you need to be as honest as you can whilst remaining positive. However, this does not mean you have to divulge all your details. A perfect answer would be that your last job was good but was reaching a dead end position and would really need more room to grow.
3. Why is it that you are interested in working for us?
You need to research a bit to give a suitable answer to this question. As a part of your research, try identifying what the core values and mission of the company you are applying to. Identify who their customers are and who their competitors are. If possible, talk to some of their employees before the interview and see what they liked about the company and so on. Remember, do not ever answer this question in a short way or give self-serving reasons, like ‘I want to extend my career further’, ‘I badly needed some money’, and so on.
4. What according to you is an ideal work environment?
This can be a tricky question for many. However, you need to be honest and up for it. Tell your interviewer that you are looking forward to working in any environment. Also, the previous job you were in also offered a flexible and healthy work environment.
5. When a mistake is made how do you handle it?
Mistakes are made by humans and, therefore, I handle them calmly. We need to learn from our mistakes and ensure they do not get repeated. Also, when mistakes are made, they need to be corrected within the realms of company’s procedure and policies that have been laid out there for everybody.
6. Is there any accomplishment that is most notable to you?
Some of the great answers to this question can revolve within your past work, your education, personal aspects of your family, and any volunteer work. Try as much as possible not to get too personal in your answers. But even if you do, tell the interviewer how it can be of help to get better at your job. At the end of the interview, you may be given an opportunity to question them. This is the chance for you to indicate that you are willing to work for them long-term. In this section, you can consider asking them about your promotion opportunities and so on.
7. Why should we hire you?
This is often the last question you will be asked in the interview so prepare for it. This is your chance to restate the skills you possess that are the most relevant to the position and summarize your other qualities that make you the perfect person for the job. Your answers should be short and to the point. It should reflect your profession, your background as it relates to the current needs and the problems of the position. Review the job description and tell them that how you are the right person for the job by matching up your skills set with each point for the job description.