Top Questions You Might Be Asked At a Job Interview and Why
You will be asked some tough questions at your next job interview and how you answer will determine if you get the job. Knowing why an interviewer asks a particular question is the first step to determining how to answer it.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Why they ask: They want to know what you bring to the table and how you can answer this tricky question.
Find a way to showcase your strengths by giving examples of what you've accomplished in the past. If they ask for strengths, as in the plural, make sure you list at least 2 or 3. Focus on work examples that made a positive impact on your past company. Your weaknesses should also have a positive spin. State how you overcame a weakness by showing you were aware of it and illustrate that now, because you've made some conscious changes to improve your skill, it's actually a strength for you.
Do you prefer to work by yourself or as part of a team?
Why they ask: They want to know if you can work unsupervised and if you get along well with others.
Find a way to show that you can do both sucessfully. Give examples to illustrate how you shine working by yourself and within a team. Show how you're independent, but you're also great with people in a project or group situation. By showing the interviewer that you're adaptable, they know you'll be a flexible worker and will be able to be effective even if the work situation changes.
Why did you leave your last job?
Why they ask: They really want to know.
Find a creative way if telling them the truth. You don't want to lie or bend the truth. But you can be diplomatic and professional and still come out looking like a good candidate. Some good answers (if they are the truth!) are "I left to find a more challenging position where I could fully use my skills," "The company restructured and my position was redefined," or something of the like. Both those answers put a positive spin on leaving a job. Try to do the same for your reason.
What do you think this job involves?
Why they ask: They want to know if you've done your research.
Hopefully you have and you're able to give them a good definition of how you see this job. Don't quote directly from the job description because anyone can do that. Try to interpret what the job description is saying and try to figure out the skill sets tehy are looking for. Then, illustrate how yours match perfectly.
How did your last job prepare you for this job?
Why they ask: They want to know what your skill sets are and how you apply your knowledge. They also want to know how much training you'll need.
Tell them exactly what they are looking for. Use the skills required section of the job description to illustrate how your experience fits this job. If this job is very similar to your last one, show them, using examples that you have the training it takes to do the job right now.
You will likely be asked a lot more questions than this. Answering them requires you to find out why they are asking you. By figuring out why questions are asked, you can better prepare yourself and answer them in a way that projects you as the perfect candidate.
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Four Questions to Ask at a Job Interview
A job interview is the opportunity for a company to determine if your skills and experience are a good fit for the position they have open. It's also a good chance for you to see if you are a good fit for the company. You'll likely have questions about the company and how they work, and you'll get some of your answers during the interview. You should be prepared to ask some questions of the interviewer yourself, usually at the end of the job interview. Try to think of questions that you are genuinely interested in hearing the answer to. Make sure questions are relevant and about the company or position.
If you can't think of any questions you'd like to ask, here are a few and why you should ask them.
What is it like working for this company? What is the culture like?
You want to work for a company that has a similar mindset as you. You also want to know how the employees are treated. This open-ended question is a great way to get a feel for the company through the interviewer. If you don't get a very positive vibe, consider it a sign.
Can you describe an average or typical day in this position?
This is a great question that helps define the position for you. You'll get an idea of how much time is expected to be spent on different tasks and what tasks you should be familiar with. The answer to this question will also help you decide if you really want this job.
How do you see this position evolving in the future?
This will give you a good idea of what your role is in the company and what your opportunities for growth are while performing this job. If you are looking for a job that will allow you to move up and take on more responsibility, you need to know that. You also need to know if the position looks like it will never evolve to anything more than it is.
How soon do you expect to make a hiring decision?
This is a great question to ask towards the end of the interview. It gives you a time frame on which to base your follow-up calls and an idea on when to move on. It's important to know when they'll be hiring because you likely have other job prospects you are pursing and you need to be able to evaluate them accordingly.
Asking the right questions at a job interview is a chance for you to get a feel for the company and the position. By asking questions, you appear interested in the job and you tell the interviewer you have put time and effort into determining if you are a good fit for this job.
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