Going into an interview can be a nerve-wracking experience, especially if the interview is for your dream job or another position that you would love to have. Prepare for your next interview by learning what some of the most common interview questions are, and how you can impress your interviewer with the right types of answers.
1. Why do you think you would be a good fit for this position?
This question gives you a chance to highlight your past success, as well as the opportunity to relate it to the specific company you are applying with. Do your research about the company to discover what is valued in the workplace. Does the company’s mission statement focus on customer service? Mention how you worked on a team to increase customer satisfaction at your previous job. Always find something in your past that shows you are in line with the company’s goals.
2. What are some of your strengths and weaknesses?
Make sure you focus only on work-related strengths and weaknesses when this question comes up in your interview. Bragging about your biggest strength is a way to shine in front of your potential boss, so tailor your answer to one that will really help the company. If you are a whiz at troubleshooting system problems, it would help tremendously if that is one of the job requirements. When it comes to weaknesses, stick to workplace weaknesses. Don’t mention something that would make your interviewer dread hiring you; instead, mention a small weakness and point out how you have worked to overcome that fault.
3. How do you spend your time outside of work?
Your interviewer wants to make sure you have a good character and a healthy work-life balance when you get asked this question. Good things to mention here are spending time with family, volunteer work and other ways in which you strive to improve yourself. If you know the company has a killer softball team, mentioning that you play softball couldn’t hurt either.
4. Describe a time when you did not agree with a coworker. How did you resolve the situation?
This question is a bit of a trap. Your interviewer doesn’t want to hear that you are hard to get along with at work, so don’t mention any serious problems you’ve had with a previous coworker or boss. It is fine to mention a small conflict if you describe how you used your problem resolution skills to take care of the issue without outside assistance.
5. Do you have any questions for me?
Always ask questions about the position before ending the interview, because it shows that you are truly interested in the job. Ask about training procedures, starting dates or specific job duties to let your interviewer know that you would like to work for the company in this position.
Going into your next interview prepared can help you feel more confident, increasing your chances of getting the job. Whether you get the position or not, each interview will give you more practice; so if you didn’t ace this interview, think some more on your responses and be prepared to take advantage of the next opportunity that comes your way.