Preparing for an interview is a little like preparing for an important test in school: You can study and practice answers for the questions expected to be given in order to give yourself a better result.
Interviews can be somewhat predictable in that there are a few questions your potential employer is likely to ask. That means you can be ready and able to provide a solid, well thought-out answer without having to be nervous or think something up on the spot!
Here are three interview questions you can, and should, be able to answer.
- “Why do you want to work here?” The obvious answer, of course, is “I need a job,” or “I need the money.” Not the best response! But instead, try to explain how this position involves some of your interests and areas of training. Personalize it as much as possible, which means doing a little research into the company as well as the job. Talk about why you wanted to apply here: Something must’ve stood out in the job description that grabbed your attention. Make your response to this question — which might be phrased as “Why do you want this job?” or “What about this position interested you?” — about how you’re a good candidate for this job because your background aligns with what the position is looking for, but it also fits your interest, your skills, your training and your career goals. Talk about how this position can help you build on previous work experience and what you like about this kind of work; add in how this job will give you new opportunities to learn and grow as a person. See how the position fits into the company and draw parallels between the company’s future and your own.
- “What are your greatest strengths?” This is one of those questions that, in the moment, if you’re not ready, can lead to “ums” and “uhs” and a blank expression. It’s not exactly an invitation to brag about yourself, but it’s a moment where you can talk about what makes you a good fit for the position and what you can add to the team. Does the position need someone who is organized and on top of things? Talk about how you can juggle projects without missing a beat; talk about the time you implemented a new filing system at a previous company and helped make things more efficient. Does the job require someone who needs excellent time management skills? Describe how you block out your day in order to address the highest priority demands first, while also allowing for a few short breaks during the day to give your brain a moment to refresh and refocus.
- “Why are you looking to change jobs?” This one can be tricky. If you’re leaving a position because you don’t like your current boss, or your current employer doesn’t treat you well, it would be a bad look to go into an interview filled with snarky gossip or complaints. If you’re looking to make a change because you feel like your skills aren’t being fully utilized or appreciated, you don’t want to sound like you’re bored because that might reflect laziness. Instead, talk about what you DO want in a new position: You’re looking for an opportunity to grow, to be challenged and to learn new things while contributing your current abilities to a new team. You wanted to make a change in your life to benefit yourself and your family and you like the idea of meeting new people, joining a new team and expanding your skills.
An interviewer might throw some curveballs at you, but you can be prepared to address them! Odds are good you’ll be asked where you see yourself in a few years; what your career goals are; what about this position interests you and a handful of other questions. Take a little time to think through your answers and you’ll be set to succeed!
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