Resumes get interviews. Interviews get job offers. The employment interview is the opportunity to sell yourself to a potential employer. You are the product and you are attempting to communicate the benefits you can bring to the organization.
The key to interviewing well is being prepared. Research the company, product, and industry. Prepare and review questions commonly asked. Know yourself and what you have to offer – your strengths and accomplishments. Rehearse with yourself or a partner. Practice answers to “commonly asked questions”
Outlined below are some commonly asked questions that arise in many interviews. Some can be tricky and require careful thought before responding. Practice your answers to these questions for better results.
- Tell me about yourself
- Why did you leave your last job?
- Why are you looking for another job?
- What are you strong points?
- What are your weak points?
- Describe yourself in one word.
- What do you like best about what you do?
- What do you like least about what you do?
- Why do you want to work for our company?
- What are you looking for in a position?
- Describe your ideal job.
- Why should we hire you?
- What has been your greatest accomplishment?
- Tell me about a difficult situation you faced, how you resolved it, and what you learned about yourself in the process.
- What do you see as being your first goal if you take this position? How do you plan to make this job your own?