10 Questions to Expect in an Interview

Do you want to crack your upcoming job interview? Although hiring managers may change things up a little, most interviews are conducted along the lines of these commonly asked questions, and it’s best to be as prepared as possible rather than be found wanting for an answer on your big day.

1. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

This seemingly easy question can lead to oversharing or undersharing. Be precise, keep what you want to say in mind, stay humble and don’t ramble. A great way is to start off with two or three specific accomplishments that pertain to the job you’re applying for, and give a gist about how your previous experience has helped shape you for this job.

2. How did you hear about this position?

This question can actually let you talk about your passion for the job; whether you heard about it through a friend or a hiring portal, share why it caught your attention and why you decided to apply.

3. What do you know about the company?

The company you’re applying to doesn’t necessarily want to know if you understand their mission–they want to know if you care about it. When describing what you know about the business you’re applying to, add a personal touch by sharing how you’d like to add to their mission.

4. Why do you want this job?

Identify some crucial features that make you a perfect fit for the job you’re applying for, like for example, how you’d be a great fit for customer service because of your communication skills. Add something about what you like about their company and how it would benefit both.

5.  Why should we hire you?

This answer can make or break your interview; it all depends on how you sell yourself and your strengths. Try including why you think you’d deliver good results and why you’re a better choice compared to other candidates. Having a thought or outsider’s point of view on something you’ve seen the company does is a great way to show your commitment.

6. What is your dream job?

Here, the interviewer is trying to determine whether your ambitions and goals match with the position you’re applying for. It’s best to be honest; even if you aren’t sure what the future holds for you, it’s alright to say that you will benefit from the experience the job will provide you or how this job aligns with your personal goals

7. What other companies are you interviewing at?

The interviewer is gauging what the competition is for you, and if you’re serious about the industry you’re looking to work in. A good way to answer this question would be to say that you are applying to similar companies in the industry, but the factors here thave you most interested/excited.

8. Why are you leaving your current job?

This question is almost guaranteed to be asked. Always portray your previous employers in a neutral or positive light; shape your experience to make it sound like you’re looking for new opportunities. If you were let go, it’s best to admit it; make past experience sound like a learning curve for you.

9. Why did you shift career paths?

This may or may not apply to everyone in an interview. Give examples of how your past experience has shaped you to better suit your new career path. Again, honesty is the best policy; it’s alright to admit to a divergent background. Try finding a common thread tying together all your previous career choices.

10. What are your salary requirements?

Apps like Payscale and Glassdoor help you determine the answer to this question prior to your interview. Quote the highest number in the range you get based on your past education, skills and experience, but ensure that your interviewer knows that you’re flexible and willing to negotiate.

Once you have a rough idea of the questions that’ll come your way, it’s a good idea to practice or prepare a rudimentary answer for the day of your interview. Remember to be yourself and let the rest flow naturally.

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