Top 10 Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
A job interview itself is nerve wracking enough. Knowing how to answer the questions proposed by the interviewer just adds to it. Having a few tips to help you along the way will have you interviewing with confidence. Being able to answer these important questions in the right way often means the difference between you obtaining employment or feverishly continuing to apply to everything available.
The top 10 most frequently asked questions in an interview with tips to answer them are below.
1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This question is asked at nearly every job interview you will ever attend. Being able to answer this question promptly and with honest answers tells the potential employer that you have a good sense of yourself. Include items such as working well under pressure, meeting goals and working well in team situations.
2. Tell me about yourself.
This is the one part of the interview when it is appropriate to prepare a script and practice. Keep the details focused on your skills, experience and character traits. Ensure your answer to no longer than one or two minutes and include some quantitative achievement if possible.
3. What special skills do you possess?
When you answer this question it is best to speak of skills that are necessary for the job being spoken about first, then include any special skills that you have. For the more appropriate skills for the job, include how much experience you have or what previous job you used it in.
4. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
Answering this question needs to be concise and to the point. Briefly explain where you would like to be in the next 5 years, hinting that it will be with that particular company, and how you would achieve those career goals.
5. What are your career goals?
Don't seem too ambitious answering this question. Having the want to work up to a management or leadership position over time by proving your skills is a good start. You could also talk about wanting to be established in a career with a stable company and why it is important to gain long term employment in a company you can work the rest of your working life with.
6. What assets will you bring to the company?
When answering this question, be sure that you explain why your special skills or expertise would help to make the company function better. If it is a sales position, briefly discuss ideas to help improve sales and bring in new clients.
7. Why are you leaving your current position?
You don't want to give up too much information here or bash your current employer. The idea behind answering this is to state that you are looking for a career and not just a job. Discuss that you are a point in your career where making a long term commitment to one company is necessary.
8. What makes you the best candidate for the position?
Use your experience to let yourself shine. Talk about your strongest skills and why it would help you succeed with the position more than another candidate. Discuss your innovative ideas, problem solving skills and other strengths in a business setting to make them want you to work for them.
9. What do you expect from an employer?
Many people get asked this question and are often stumped when it comes to what to say. The best things to bring up here are that you are looking for a stable company, you want to be with a company that appreciates their employees and expect a company to be responsible in the accounting department to be able to provide work for years to come.
10. Do you have any questions about the position or company?
Always ask questions. It shows that you have a general interest in the company. Ask about the history of the company and about the background of the owner. Ask about the benefits offered with the job, if there are any. Also ask about the company's policy regarding family or medical emergencies, should they ever arise. You should also inquire as to what type of training is provided and what the expectations are of the employees.