By Lisa Osiako
Have you been called for a job interview and yet do not know what to expect? Other than researching about the company, you need to know what kind of questions you may encounter during the interview.
To help you in this, here are a few questions that you may be asked, and how you can effectively respond to them:
Why should we hire you?
The easiest answer to this is that you are the best person for the job. Back that up with what exactly differentiates you.
“If you hire me, it will be a great platform to showcase my skills. Whatever goals I set, I ensure to complete them within the stipulated time.”
You can include the skills you have, just to show your potential employer that you know what you are talking about.
“You should hire me because I’m the most suitable person for the job. I realize that there are other candidates who also have the ability to do this job. Yet I bring an additional quality that makes me the best person for the job—my passion for excellence. I am passionately committed to producing truly world class results. For example…”
Why have you been unemployed for such a long time?
If you have been unemployed for quite a while, speak about some of the work you have done. It could be volunteering or some online work. Speak about what led to your being unemployed, was it to take care of personal issues, or were you fired. Be as honest as possible. Being honest about your situation gives the employer a sense of your integrity and confidence—two characteristics every employer is looking for.
“I enrolled myself for some advanced personality development course with some freelance work in…”
Tell me your ability to work under pressure
Many companies and institutions require tasks to be done within stipulated deadlines. Sometimes, it is not quite possible to meet these deadlines especially if you have other things within the company that you need to take care of. Potential employers thus need to see the way you can handle the pressure, without letting it get to you. Give an example of a time you successfully met a deadline, working under pressure.
“I keep myself calm and focus on multi-tasking while being patient.”
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Here, your potential employer is looking to see what your goals and objectives are, and what exactly you are doing to reach them. Show by example what you are doing to reach your goals and objectives.
“Within five years, I would like to become the very best engineer your company has on staff. I want to work toward becoming the expert that others rely upon. And in doing so, I feel I’ll be fully prepared to take on any greater responsibilities which might be presented in the long term. For example, here is what I’m presently doing to prepare myself…”
What are your strengths?
Do not exaggerate. Rather, state what you can do very well. It could be you are determined or a quick learner.
“I am a quick learner and a great team player.”
What are your weaknesses?
Select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. Talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it.
“I have had trouble in the past with prioritization. However, I’m now taking steps to correct this. I just started using a pocket planner…” then explain to the interviewer your planner and how you are using it.
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In the end, the more you practice, the better you will become at acing job interviews. If you are still unsure, of how to go about in an interview, you can seek Interview Coaching Services that will better prepare you.
Above all, be confident.