Okay, okay. You’ve probably heard them all before. There are lots of interview tips out there. What makes us different?
Well, we’ve looked through those tips. Here are the little things that we haven’t seen before.
1. Act like an interviewer
We don’t mean you should act like an interviewer in your actual interview (though you should definitely have questions prepared for when it’s appropriate to ask). What we want you to do is look into techniques for being an interviewer. Just like there are tips for you, there are tips for them. An interviewer might be giving away what they are looking for based on the questions they ask. This will help you answer to the best of your ability.
2. Find your weakness
What question are you afraid to answer? Why? Get to the bottom of it and make sure you practice the answer to that question. Don’t just hope it won’t come up. It will. So be ready.
3. Pick your time slot
What is your best time of day? When do you feel most alert? Some job interviews have a little leeway as to when you can schedule your interview. Try to make it work to your best advantage. And don’t forget to allow yourself plenty of time to get there.
4. Ask who will be interviewing you
Is it a guy, a girl, a panel, the CEO? This might just be a good thing to know before you walk into the room. It will keep you from being surprised. Also, if it’s someone high up in the company, you may want to do a little research on what their role is.
5. Have references ready, but not with you
You should definitely line up recommendations from you work history, however, it isn’t necessary to bring those recommendations with you. The interviewer or company will follow up on that if they deem it necessary, you don’t have to worry about it.
What tips have helped you get through interviews? What hasn’t worked? Share in the comments!
Let’s face it. At some point in your life, you’re going to have to go to a job interview. And, whether that job is for pizza delivery or the CEO position in a Fortune 500, some of those questions are going to be the same.
Here’s a list of the 20 most common job interview questions you need to be ready to answer.
1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
This is time for a pitch, not a narrative on your complete job history.
2. How did you hear about this position?
Make sure you mention any connections you have with the company.
3. What do you know about the company?
Make sure you do a little research before your interview so you have some things to say here.
4. Why do you want this job?
Show your enthusiasm and passion. Talk about why this position is perfect for you in particular.
5. Why should we hire you?
Again, focus on your passion and experience. If you don’t have any experience, find something else in your background that will make you stand out.
6. What are your strengths?
Focus on the positives; don’t use negative terms (like “I don’t” or “I can’t”), even if they turn into positives. Be honest. It’s not a game. Don’t try to figure out what the interviewer wants.
7. What do you consider to be your weakness?
Again, be honest. “I don’t have any weaknesses” isn’t true. If you have anecdotes, tell them how you plan on working on your weakness.
8. What is your greatest professional achievement?
Make sure you give them the situation and the assignment, so the interviewer has context for what you accomplished.
9. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
Like question 8, make sure you give the interviewer context.
10. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Essentially, do you have realistic goals for your career, are you ambitious, and does the position you’re interviewing for fit into your long term career goals.
11. What’s your dream job?
Another question to discuss your goals and ambitions.
12. What other companies are you interviewing with?
This time, you should be more vague. Saw you are exploring other similar opportunities that utilize the same skills and talents.
13. Why are you leaving your current job?
Keep it positive.
14. What are you looking for in a new position?
What you’re looking for should line up with what the position offers.
15. What type of work environment do you prefer?
It should be the kind of environment the position offers.
16. What’s your management style?
This gives you the chance to show you know what kind of techniques are out there and the ability to modify to a situation.
17. How would your boss or coworkers describe you?
Try to find strengths you haven’t talked about already.
18. How do you deal with stress?
Specific examples of stressful situations help here.
19. What are your salary requirements?
There are places online where you can research what someone in the position would typically get. Try Glassdoor. Or, you can even Google what they typical salary is.
20. Do you have any questions for me?
Have a few things prepared that you want to ask.
What questions do you hear most often in interviews? How do you answer any of the questions above? Share in the comments!