10 Of The Most Common Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

10 Of The Most Common Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

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Here at Royal Holiday Jobs, we have mentioned in previous articles some of the best tips to get prepared for job interviews. We all know the importance of arriving on time, looking sharp and having the right body language to impress your prospective employers. However, today we’d like to expand a bit more on the interview itself and talk about the most common questions people get asked and the type of answers you may use to assure your success. These questions and answers are not to be taken as if they are the only possible options you may face, instead, think of them as guidelines and a preparation for what is to come. Not all them apply to every single case, but they do hold some truths and can be quite useful in order to organize your ideas.

So here we have, some of the most common questions you may be asked at a job interview.

Tell us about yourself.

This is probably the most common way to being any interview. The statement may seem simple, but it dos pack quite a punch. Even if the question appears to be broad and give you an opportunity to talk about your personal life, that is not what they want to hear when they ask you this. Your interviewer just wants a very general outline of your professional life, experience, and skills before going into more specific stuff. Prepare something short, no more than a minute talking, that can summarize what you think it’s important to mention right up front.

Why should we hire you?

This question is crucial and sometimes it comes very early in the interview so you should be prepared for it. This is actually your best opportunity to talk about your skills, the reason why you are perfect for the position and about how excited you are to have an opportunity to work in the company. The great thing about the questions is that it gives you perfect opportunity to mention these things without sounding desperate or eager because you were specifically asked to talk about it in the first place. Look at this question as a great chance to sell yourself.

What is your greatest strength?

A very common question and a very common mistake for those who answer what they think the interviewer wants to hear. Be honest and talk about your real strengths, but remember to talk about things that are actually relevant to the position, otherwise don’t even mention it. Be as specific as you can and use examples of real situations when having those strengths was beneficial for you and your company.

What is your greatest weakness?

This is a question about honesty and self-awareness. Don’t try to disguise a strength as a weakness by saying something cliché like “I am a perfectionist”, but instead think of something that you think you could improve on and mention what you are doing about it at this time. Know the job you are applying for in and out so you don’t disqualify yourself by listing a weakness that would bar you from the position.

Image courtesy of Valery Kenski at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Valery Kenski at Flickr.com

Talk about a difficult situation you dealt with and how you resolved it.

They want to see how you react to conflict, so this is a great opportunity to be calm and collected while sneaking in a success story of your own. Think about something that you accomplished and that was of some significance, and then look at it as a solution to a need that was met due to your ingenuity.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

Be honest and specific about your own views and expectations of your professional future. Don’t get caught unprepared for answering these questions because this shows that you haven’t given your future much thought and that is a big red flag for your interviewer.

How did you hear about the position/our company?

Anyone can go online and do some research about the company and the position. What they really want to know is how passionate you are about those things. They want to see your understanding of the mission, and what you can bring to the table to help the organization reach those objectives.

Why do you want to work for us?

Once again, is all about passion. Research what your role would be if you were hired and talk about key factors that would make you excel at that specific role. Using that information you can find the perfect answer for the questions and at the same time figure out if your words are truth or not. If you are really invested in the position, you may want to apply for something else.

What are your salary expectations?

Research your position and the range amount you should be receiving for that job. You should consider your whole skill set and what you truly offer the company and mention a number that is on the upper end of that range. Be willing to negotiate, but at the same time show you are self-aware and know your worth.

Do you have any questions for us?

Most of your doubts will be covered during the actual interview, so use this opportunity to show some genuine interest in the company or about the interviewer instead. Ask them why they like working here, how is the culture of the company, where do they think the company is going in the future.

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