TOP TEN INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
- Tell me about yourself. - This really means, talk about your qualifications, skills and work history. Connect these qualifications and skills to the position.
- Why do you want to work with us? – To answer this question, you need to understand what the company does and what the position requires. Take some time to think about this before the interview. You don’t want the interviewer to think you were just sending a bunch of résumés to companies and were selected. You need to show the interviewer how your skills fit the company’s needs. Your professional goals should also be similar to the companies.
- Why are you leaving your job? – Never be negative. Try to show the interviewer that you are looking for more responsibility, professional experience and new challenges.
- Where do you see yourself in five years? – The interviewer is looking for specific examples of professional goals. For example, “In five years I plan on working for a great company where I can apply my skills, be challenged and continue growing with the company. I would also like to continue schooling so I can apply this new knowledge to the company.” This answer shows focus and how you want to help the company.
- How do you deal with stress? – You can talk about going to the gym, playing sports, daily routines and watch TV series etc. All of these are acceptable answers as ways to deal with stress.
- What are your salary expectations? – Try to figure out the salary range. If you know that the job is paying 45K – 50K per year, you can better negotiate your salary. If you do not have a range, try to look at similar positions in the market to get an idea. If you still don’t know, you can ask, “What is the company looking to pay for this position?”
- What can you do for us that other candidates can’t? – Summarize your answer neatly. Explain why you are unique and explain your skills and abilities.
- What is your greatest weakness? – Never focus on personal qualities. Focus on professional qualities. For example, “I am not very good at giving group presentations but I have just started an online course called “Perfect Presentations” and it is really helping me. You can show a weakness but you need to show how you are dealing with the problem. Make sure the problem will not eliminate you from the position.
- What are your strengths? – Pick three qualities, for example, team player, time management and success driven. With these three examples, be ready to explain why you chose these.
- How many windows does the Empire State Building have? – This is a random question but an important one. This tests how fast you can think on your feet. If the question was, “If you could be any superhero, who would you be?” You need to justify your answer. If you say Batman, you could say that he does not have superpowers but he uses his intelligence to solve problems etc. The main point is you need to justify why you picked that answer.