5 Common Interview Questions and Tips to Answer Them
1. Tell me about yourself
This is probably the first question you are going to answer and eventually your first impression on the interviewer. You know a great deal of yourself but calm down, say things that are relevant. You have more incomings! Keep it short, you don’t need to be too detailed. Say what describes you best and give about 3-4 sentences about your career insight and how you ended up in this interview, applying for the job. Maintain a good balance between your composure and confidence, but not conceited.
2. Why do you want to work for us?
This question answers why you want to work with them along with the things you know about the company if you are passionate about being a part of their workforce. Make a clear and honest statement about your desires to work in the given company. The hiring manager needs to know if you are dedicated, knowledgeable, interested, passionate and in tune with the job you are going to take over.
3. Why should we hire you?
It comes down to your skills and how you are going to bring them onto the table, which will increase productivity and creativity to attend the company’s goal. Yes! Behavioral and gregarious nature matters but the summary of your work history and achievements matter most. Your value as an employee is directly proportional to your skill sets.
4. How do you deal with Stress?
With this question, the hiring manager is trying to identify any potential red flags you might have. It’s better to show that you can handle stress in a positive manner, be calm and composed directed towards the goals or specific task you are responsible for. Be specific and state what you actually do to deal with stress- may be a short break for a walk etc.
5. Do you have any question?
Possibly the last question, don’t waste it by saying “No or your questions were already answered”, this is your chance to really stand out. Keep about ¾ questions you have to ask at the end of the interview. The hiring manager is up for answering your question at the end of the interview. The hiring manager did just listen to you talking about how you are a fit for a job and more of themselves. Feel free to ask about them for a change.
- What is the single biggest challenge facing the company/department?
- What skills and experiences would make me an ideal candidate? What are the most important qualities required to excel in this role?
- How do I compare with other candidates you have interviewed for this job?
- What is your management style? And What is the company’s approach to failure?
And so on.