Some questions are always asked
You have a job interview coming up. Great! Unless you’re a seasoned pro with extensive interview experience behind you, you are probably wondering what sorts of questions they will ask. They will certainly ask questions specific to your field and your experiences but there will also probably be a host of more generic questions.
Here are a few of those and a few hints for how to go about answering them.
Tell me a little about yourself
You could tell them about your love of movies and all things Godzilla, but that won’t get you any closer to the job you’re after. You also don’t want to regurgitate what they’ve already seen on your resume. Essentially you want to give them a snapshot of how you are going to be an amazing fit for their organization as a whole and this job in particular. Biginterview.com suggests summarizing your answer with three main points: Who you are. A quick overview of your expertise. Why you want the position.
What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Highlight your positives here with tangible examples to back up what you’re saying and discuss how you recognize a weakness and the steps you are taking to improve. Don’t use negatives words about yourself during the interview. You can talk about a skill you need to improve or learn, but never disparage yourself.
Why do you want to work here?
Homework, homework, homework. If you don’t have a good answer for this, then you probably don’t deserve the job. Research the company extensively before your interview. Check them out on all social media channels, and wow them with your enthusiasm.
What are your salary expectations?
The worst answer here is something along the lines of I’m not sure. What do you think? Or I’m sure whatever you decide will be alright. Once again you need to do some research before hand. Google what people with your experience make in a job like this and come up with a Goldilocks number. Not too high to knock yourself out of the ballpark and not too low to seem unworthy. The Balance Careers has a few tips for answering the salary expectations question.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
If in fact you would like to be working as a surfing instructor in Hawaii in five years it’s best you keep that information to yourself. What the interviewer is looking for here, is an indication of your ambitions. Once again, a little research will take you a long way. Figure out where others who have started in the position you are applying for have gone and within what time frame. Of course, you will tell them about how you first plan on mastering everything there is to know in this current position. Focus on your short term goals in this new job then move on to long term goals.
For more ideas, check out this guide to common interview questions and best answers from Zety.