Congratulations! You’ve landed yourself an interview. Now what? After you have reviewed our interview checklist, you will want to prepare your answers to the interview questions listed below.
Prepare for these Interview Questions
We have gathered six of the most common interview questions to help you prepare for your upcoming interview.
Pay close attention to the purpose of each question that is noted, as those will be beneficial for you to know exactly what your interviewer is hoping to hear.
Can you tell me a little about yourself?
→ Purpose: Provide a concise and compelling pitch
This is often the first question any employer will ask in an interview. As basic as this question sounds, it is important to have a pitch prepared that is short and sweet. Be sure not to ramble on about your entire employment history as you will have time for that later on in your interview.
Share 2-3 specific achievements or experiences that show the interviewer why you are the perfect fit for the position. If you think you need some sort of structure to help keep your pitch concise, feel free to talk in the order of present, past, and future.
Why are you interested in this position?
→ Purpose: Express enthusiasm for the company and position
Employers are looking to hire people who show a genuine passion for the company and the position. Researching the company’s mission statement, company culture, and values will help you identify reasons why the role is a perfect fit for you.
Along with sharing reasons why you love the company, be sure to align your skills and work experience with the specific job position. Express how this position matches what you are looking for on a professional and personal level.
What are your strengths?
→ Purpose: List strengths that are relevant to the job
This is the perfect time to share any positive skills or traits that you want the interviewer to remember when you l eave. When choosing what strengths to share, be sure that you are as accurate and specific as possible.
Instead of saying things that you think the interviewer wants to hear, pick out strengths that are relevant to the position you are applying for and share specific examples of how you demonstrated those strengths in a professional setting.
What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
→ Purpose: Share weaknesses that you have made improvements on
Employers are looking to hire people who are honest and full of integrity. This question is a perfect way for them to gauge those two values based on your answer. It is important to be honest!
Share a skill that you are struggling with, but are actively working on improving. By discussing your weaknesses, you are showing the employer that you are well aware of the areas you need work on.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
→ Purpose: Demonstrate how the job aligns with your plan for the future
When answering this question, be open about your future goals, sharing career expectations and personal stepping stones. Before your interview, it is important to seriously consider how the job position aligns with your goals and career path.
Be sure to include where you can see yourself within their company in 5 years. If the job position is one that you believe will keep you on track to achieving your goals, share that with your interviewer and give concrete examples of why it is a perfect fit.
Do you have any questions for us?
→ Purpose: Show that you have been paying attention
As most interviews tend to end with this as the final question, it is important to actively engage in the conversation and keep in mind a list of unanswered questions you may have. An immediate red flag to any interviewer is answering with, “I don’t have any questions”.
Asking questions ranging from job duties to company culture can show your interviewer that you have been paying attention and are interested in learning more about the company and the position.