We all know that interviews are never easy. It is always a lot of pressure on how you are going to present yourself and will the recruiter pick you. It is important to always do your homework before an interview. To help you with your next meeting with a potential employer here are the top 7 interview questions in 2019. Keep on reading to get more insight on how to approach each one of them .
1. Tell me about yourself
This is not just how interviews start but also most of conversations when you meet somebody for the first time. It is the universal way to get to know someone. Interviewers use this to get the first impression from the person sitting infront of them.
Your answer should not be too long. Be brief and focus on talking more about your professional experience so far. Start from your education and what got you in your line of business. Share about the different projects and initiatives you have been involved with but keep the details to a minimum. Always end with how excited you are to be having the chance for this interview.
2. Why do you want to work for us?
Employers want to know more about your motivation to apply for a certain position at their company. It helps them filter people who apply on each job opening and those who really show interest to be part of the organization.
Try to point out more than one reason. Research the company’s mission statement and key values. Chose the ones that resonate with you and point them out during the interview. Argument yourself and try to share how you can contribute more to them.
3. Why should we hire you?
Always be prepared for this question. You should be fast on your answer and show confidence. Carefully read the position requirements before the interview. Underline one unique skill or trait you have that compliments well one of the requirements. If you can do more than one, even better!
Also try to avoid generic answers here. Recruiters probably do 3 to 5 interviews a day and they will never remember you if you are the 4th person to say that “you are motivated to work and show results”.
4. Why did you leave your previous job?
This is one of the most tricky interview questions. If you were fired, be honest. Most employers can find out if you lie to them and your chance will be gone. Try to argument yourself by saying that you accept the mistakes that led to this and you have learned from them.
In case you’ve quit by yourself then also be careful how you answer. Focus on saying that you were searching for a more dynamic environment and wanted a bigger challenge. Never say anything bad about your past employers. Trust me it will present you in a really negative way.
5. What is your greatest strenght?
This question is about your value. The thing you explain as your strenght will determine if you are able to reflect on your skills and be realistic. It will also give the interviewer an idea of your value to them.
Point out a strenght that you are sure that will be important for the job role you are there for. If you need help check this material from Indeed.com who share examples on how to answer these kind of interview questions.
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is one of the best interview questions from which you can learn a lot about a candidate. It shows both the ability to think in perspective and the motivation to develop and grow.
Be ready with a precise answer. Do your homework to see what is the usual hierarchy in the company and the unit you want to be part of. Best way to get such kind of information is through LinkedIn.
Once you know about the possible career growth share that you see yourself promoted atlteast one position above. Don’t overestimate yourself by imagining you can be the president in just 5 years. Also share something small about where you want to be in your personal life. This will help you connect more with the interviewer.
7. Do you have any questions?
You probably know this by now but ALWAYS have questions. They should be about the company or the position you are applying for. Show that you are curious to learn more about the offer.
Also ask something interesting that you found while reading about the company. It will show that you are well informed and ready to get started.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the interview. This can help you reduce the tension and also create a friendly connection with the person asking the questions.
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