5 Common Interview Questions (With Answers) to Win Your Next Job
How to ace the 5 most common interview questions asked by hiring managers. ‘Why do you want to work for us?’ is an obvious question to ask. You get an interview after your CV or resume catches the employer’s attention. But how do you make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to land your dream job? The best strategy is to prepare some common interview questions in advance so that you can answer them fluently while sitting in front of people who are interviewing you for your next job.
The questions will almost always differ depending on the job position you are applying for. However, as a general rule, many employers or hiring managers will ask the following questions during an interview:
1. Tell Us About Yourself.
Most hiring managers will ask you about yourself, your qualifications, hobbies, early education, where you live, and something along those lines. So, when answering this question, keep your answers focused and succinct. Don’t talk about yourself all the time, and vice versa. Instead, concentrate on the aspect of your personality that can add value to the new organisation for which you are being interviewed.
2. Why Do You Find Yourself the Best Candidate for this Job?
This question will either make or break your job. So, make a confident response by aligning your previous work history, accomplishments, and education with this job offer. Furthermore, explain to the interviewer why you are the best candidate for this job position out of all those who applied.
3. Why Did You Apply for this job? (Or Why Do You Want it?)
The question is somewhat tricky as it seems similar to the second question. However, here you will talk about the value you will bring to the company. For this reason, you need to thoroughly research the products, services, environment, culture, mission, and vision of that company to give specific answers.
4. Tell Us about Your Relevant Work Experience
More often than not, you will have relevant experience specific to the industry or department to which you are applying. For example, if you want to work in a company’s sales department, you might have some sales experience. With this in mind, prepare ahead of time by listing or recalling your qualifications, education, and work experience that support your response.
Focus on the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, and Result) in this step to highlight your capabilities for the job position. Additionally, you can quote some work examples to describe your experience.
5. What Reasons Made You Leave Your Previous Job?
While answering this question, do not stray off-topic or focus on the negative aspects of leaving your previous job. For example, the best practice is to maintain a positive attitude, stay concise, and discuss the opportunities for growth that you discovered in your new job position. On the other hand, do not tell your interviewer about the difficult circumstances you encountered in your previous company, even if this was the case.
Above all, arrive early and dress appropriately to make a good impression on the interviewer. Because changing careers or moving to a new job can cause a lot of mental stress, consult with a career coach to help you prepare for the interview and make decisions with ease.