4 Job Interview Questions You’re Sure to Be Asked
Job interviews can be extremely intimidating. After all, a lot is at stake. In some cases, a job interview could hold the key to a secure financial future filled with the type of work one has dreamed of. Feeling nervous is a natural response to this sort of pressure.
With these things in mind, it is important to prepare for job interviews. Appearing confident is a good thing; it shows interviewers that you are poised and sure of your skills.
Interviews can be stressful — but it is important to appear confident and poised.
The good news is, there are certain questions (or variations of them) that you can almost always count on being asked at an interview. This makes the preparation process a little easier and the better prepared you are for the interview, the less stressful you will feel.
Typical Interview Questions
Question 1: Tell me about yourself.
It should be noted here that there are certain questions that legally cannot be asked by HR personnel. This open-ended question is not intended to extract details of the candidate’s life story; in most cases, some things should be left unsaid.
The best response to this question is to answer by describing only those traits and details that are related in some way to the job for which you are interviewing.
Question 2: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Talking about your strengths should be easy — but a word of caution: Like other responses, you really do need to be honest about this. Everyone has strengths, so talk about one or two of your true strengths.
Use extreme caution when discussing your weaknesses. Ideally you should discuss a weakness that you have overcome. For instance, maybe you had a habit of leaving work 10 minutes early on Friday evenings so you could beat the traffic, get to the bank, and still get home at your regular time. After a discussion with your supervisor, you realized the impact leaving early made at the office, so you switched to having your checks automatically deposited, and you never left work early again.
Question 3: Tell me about a time you had a problem with a co-worker or a supervisor, and how you handled the problem.
Having good people skills is definitely a plus for any type of work. Consider a situation that was uncomfortable and that was handled well it had a good outcome. Perhaps you and a co-worker had a misunderstanding, and to make amends you took him out for lunch; since then, the two of you have been good friends.
Question 4: What you know about our company?
One of the most important things to remember in planning and preparing for a job interview is that hiring managers want to know how you can help the company. Googling the company’s name will present you with a wealth of information about the business. You can learn about its mission, current products, top CEOs, and more.
This then gives you a chance to see how you fit in and the positive ways you can assist the company. Having this information empowers you to put the right spin on your responses. It gives you an edge over other candidates who are less prepared.