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How To Answer The Most Common Job Interview Questions

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A: I see myself as a sincere, hardworking professional of society in the coming years.

Me, in my head: (Sipping on margaritas, on an island far, far way.)

Q: Why do you want to work for us?

A: You’re revolutionizing the industry, and I would love to learn from your work and help you with your mission.

Me, in my head: (I’m broke and I need to get paid)

Q: Out of all the candidates, why should we hire you?

A: Because I’m a team player. I’m a hardworking and self-motivated individual.

Me, in my head: (I REPEAT, I AM MORE BROKE THAN YOUR OTHER CANDIDATES, AND I NEED MONEY!)

Feels familiar?

Now that a lot of us might be sitting at home, trying to ace the next job interview online, we need to have the answers prepared. Maybe in the real world, you could have expressed more with your body language, (your aura and friendliness, your perfect smile, hypnosis, etc.) But in the virtual world, your words matter more than ever.

So read on and get ahead by preparing the answers to the most common job interview questions:

1. So tell me a little about yourself

It always sounds so simple, but when asked, you always find yourself sitting there with the first word ‘Umm’ coming out of your mouth like a newborn.

Although some uses are natural, you need to avoid overusing the ‘umm’ followed by the recitation of your resume, and make yourself look like the professional you are.

The first step is to do your research on the company. Then think about the parts of your experience that could prove to be relevant.

Talk about how you reached your current work position and company, your ambitions when you were in college, and whether they are different now. You can also include relevant personal life experiences or reasons for gaps in your resume (if any).

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Talk about your long-term goals with the company, what you intend to do while you work for the position offered to you, and how it will be relevant to your future goals. Moreover, be sincere and honest. If lying on the beach is where you see yourself in 5 years, tell them it would be on a business trip as a reward for the excellent job you would do!

3. Why are you leaving your current job?

First things first: If you were let go, it’s completely OKAY to admit it (Especially now, with COVID19 disrupting job sectors). Mention what didn’t work out and how you’ve been working hard to improve.

But if you’re leaving your current job, DO NOT put your job, employer, or colleagues forward in a negative light. The interviewer is not your colleague or friend. Instead, you could say things like – your ideas and goals do not match with your current company/employer/projects. Talk about how you wish to explore new skills and opportunities to develop a more versatile portfolio.

4. Why should we hire you?

Remember that an interview is always a two-way street. List down your positive attributes that would benefit them as your employer. Then tell them about how YOU would benefit from the position.

5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

To tackle this trick question, frame your answer in a way that does not oversell or undersell your qualities as an employee.

Think of a quality that you honestly consider to be your weakness and add how you’re working to improve the said weakness.

Similarly, when it comes to your strengths, do not try to oversell. Think of something that caters to the needs of the position. Support your answers with relevant and brief examples.

6. Do you have any questions for me?

Here’s an opportunity for you to investigate. Don’t let it go. No matter how badly you want a job, you need to protect yourself from toxic work environments, abusive employers, and work hours. So make a good list of things you would like to know and ask the most important ones. Some of them could be about their work hours, their office culture, and how a typical workday might look for you when you start.

You can enquire about the position – whether it’s a new one, and if it’s an old position, where did the previous employee move to, etc.

You could also ask the interviewer how long they’ve worked there and their favorite thing about their work.

And to end it with a hint of vengeance, ask them where they see the company in the next few years!

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