When interviewing for a job, there are some questions you can be sure the hiring manager will ask. They turn up at almost every interview. Here are ten of them, along with suggested strategies for answering them to help you hone your responses and impress the interviewer.
- Tell me a little about yourself?
The hiring manager is not interested in an autobiography, so you don’t want to give a recitation of your personal history. Instead, use your time to focus on past achievements or experiences and how they have made you the best person for the job.
- What do you know about the company?
Again, the hiring manager is not interested in hearing about the company’s history and mission. Instead, talk about some of the company’s goals and what they mean to you and how you can help to achieve them.
- Why do you want this job?
This is a question to gauge your enthusiasm for the work and the job. Talk about how you are a good fit for the position and why you like the company.
- Why should we hire you?
This is an opportunity to sell yourself and your skills. You want to show how you can deliver results, that you are good fit with the company, and that you are the best person for the job.
- What are your greatest professional strengths?
In answering this question, talk about a few of your actual strengths that are relevant to the job and be as specific and concrete as possible. Then give examples of how you have used those strengths in your job.
- What are your weaknesses?
This question is intended to gauge how well you know yourself and your honesty. You don’t want to shoot yourself in the foot by naming a significant weakness that would be a deal breaker in getting the job. Nor do you want to respond with fluff. Give a weakness you wrestle with and that you are working to overcome and explain how you are doing that.
- What is your greatest professional achievement?
Use the opportunity to really blow your horn. Focus on what you did and the results.
- How do you deal with challenges?
The best response here is to give an example of how you dealt with a specific conflict or challenge in the past, focusing on how you responded professionally and constructively.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
This is a question to gauge your ambition and planning for the future. Think about where the position you are applying for could lead and talk about that.
- Why are you leaving your current job?
Stay positive here. Do not criticize your current employer. Focus on the new challenges you want to take on and how the job is a better fit for you than your current one.