Now that you have scheduled a job interview, you must prepare more. Planning ahead for interviewer questions is a major part of the planning process when job hunting.
Planning for the job interview is a big part of the job hunting process. Knowing what the employer is looking for can be key when answering questions. Below you will find a list of questions and statements that employers may typically ask interviewees.
1. Tell Me a Little About Yourself
This is typically how the interview will start. Employers want to know that you are confident in your abilities and have accomplishments you are proud to share with them. If a potential hire stumbles on this question, employers may wonder if the person is ready for more difficult questions and situations.
2. What are Some of Your Strengths
Do not rattle off a list. Be prepared with two to three items and be specific. Provide concrete examples of when you have exhibited these strengths during past employment experiences. Employers look for strengths that they can utilize in their workplace.
For example, instead of saying that you are good at sales, say, “I helped my previous company increase sales 40% over a two-year period.” Being specific adds value to your accomplishments.
3. What are Some of Your Weaknesses
Again, be specific. Be honest and tell them at least one weakness. Everyone has weaknesses and employers are looking for honesty in this response. Potential employees that say they have no weaknesses may be seen as either dishonest with themselves or trying to hide a weakness from the employer.
Many interviewees say that being a perfectionist is a weakness. By saying this, they are hoping to prove to the employer that they have a great attention to detail. However, the employer may view this as a way to not provide a true weakness. Admit a weakness, but be sure to follow it with proof that you know what it is and are trying to improve upon it.
4. Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years
Employers want to hire people that have goals and are working toward the future. If you do not provide a response to this question or simply say, “I don’t know,” employers may think you are not someone who can plan ahead. This is your chance to be creative.
A good example may be saying, “I hope to have a full-time job and be with a company where I am valued.” You can also elaborate and say, “I am looking forward to furthering my education in the next five years by obtaining an additional degree in Marketing.” Whatever you share with the interviewer, be sure to show that you do have a plan.
5. Provide an Accomplishment that You are Proud of and Explain Why
As an interviewee, it is your job to sell yourself. Choose something that showed you are hard-working and dedicated. Maybe you and your spouse built your own home or you are the first person in your family to receive a college degree. Whatever your accomplishment is, be sure that the employer knows it is important to you.
Saying “I was the first person in my family to receive a college degree. My parents instilled in me the value of hard work and education and I have taken that to heart.” This demonstrates to the interviewer that you have family values and know the importantce of hard work.
6. Why Do You Want to Work Here
This question definitely requires research before going to the interview. Why do you want to work at that particular company? Research the business online and find out about the company history and its values. Has it been in business a long time? Does it have an excellent reputation for treating employees fairly? Be specific about this particular organization. Employers will be impressed that you have prior knowledge about the company.
If you have researched the company, you can say, “I recall that you recently received the local best business of the year award. Congratulations!” The employer will know that you have taken time to get to know their business.
Interviews can be a nerve-racking experience for anyone. Preparing ahead of time can help eliminate some of the nervousness. There will always be questions you haven’t anticipated; however, knowing some common questions is a relief to many people. Remember, the employer wants to get to know you; so, be yourself and have fun!