In this economy, the competition for jobs is fierce with tens, hundreds, even thousands of people competing for the same job. Oftentimes, the toughest part in the job process is getting the interview, so congratulations if you’ve made it that far! Now that you have your foot in the door, it’s time to prepare for the final part of the process: the job interview. A job interview is an employer’s chance to get to know you, and your chance to make a sparkling first impression. Your performance in an interview can make you or break you, so it is extremely important to be prepared for any question that is thrown your way. We take a look at 5 questions that you should be prepared to answer during a job interview.
1. Tell me about yourself.
This question may seem short and simple, but it is actually one of the most difficult questions asked during an interview. Why you ask? It’s because this question is so open-ended. This is the one question that you should definitely have well thought out well rehearsed. This question is perfect for selling yourself. You should highlight your skills, your accomplishments, and pretty much all the other positive things that make you YOU.
2. Why should I hire you?
This question is pretty straightforward right? This is your time to talk about what you bring to the table. Do you have years of job-related experience? Are you an expert in a particularly rare job-related skill? Like the previous question, you should take this opportunity to sell yourself, and highlight all of your positive qualities. It also doesn’t hurt to throw in some facts about the company, to show how eager you are to work at the company. If you answer this question right, the interviewer should want to hire you on the spot!
3. Name your worst quality.
This can be a bit of a dicey question to answer. Who wants to say bad things about themselves, right? The best way to approach this question is to state a bad quality, but to put a positive spin on it. An example of this would be “I tend to do all of the work in team projects because I want to make sure that the work is done right. This is something that I am continuing to work on.” By doing this, you show your interviewer that you not only recognize your weaknesses, but that you can use them for the good of the company.
4. Do you have any questions for me?
This question ALWAYS comes up during a job interview, so it is important to have at least 2 questions prepared beforehand. Some good questions to ask include asking the interviewer why he/she chose to work for the company, asking when you will be notified whether you got the job or not, and when you can start working. This is almost always the last question asked, so a mistake here could sour an otherwise excellent interview. Be prepared!
5. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
Ok, you may be thinking, “What kind of interview question is this?” That’s exactly what I thought when I was asked this during a job interview. Luckily, I was prepared and said a wolf, because they lead and utilize teamwork to survive (both good qualities to have as a worker). It’s always the wacky questions like this that throw people off in interviews. Employers usually will include a random question such as this one to test your ability to think on your feet. While you can’t anticipate the wacky questions such as these, it’s always good to think of the qualities your employer is looking for, such as teamwork, being a leader, and responsibility, when answering thse types of questions.