So….you’ve applied for your dream job….you’ve got the interview….you’ve planned your journey for the big day and you know what you’re wearing…… But do you know what you’re going to say? Check out our handy guide below to the best answers to give employers based on the most common 5 interview questions:-
What can you tell us about yourself?
Summarise yourself in a few sentences. Remember the employer has already read your CV so focus on areas you want to highlight such as your key skills, career achievements or your ambitions. Make sure your answer shows the interviewer how you would fit in as an employee. What would make your answers stand out from everybody else’s? Are you a problem-solver, a leader, creative? Try to differentiate yourself from the other candidates.
What do you know about our company?
This is a bit of a test to see whether you’ve done your homework…..so make sure you have! Do some decent research – look at their website and social media pages. Find out what they have been working on recently, if they have any exciting news or who their key members of staff are. Let them see that you are keen and you want to work for them.
Why do you want to work here?
Try and get your passion across to the interviewer about why you want to work there. Is it an opportunity to advance your skills, is it a challenge you would love to tackle, will it offer you the chance of growing in your career? Find out some information about the company culture – do they offer good incentives to staff? Do they provide training and growth? Really think about what this company has to offer you.
Why should we recruit you?
This is your opportunity to really sell yourself to the interviewer. Talk about what qualities and skills you have that would benefit their company. Talk about how your experiences fall in line with what they are asking for in the job description. Give some good examples of similar work or situations you have been in before, or show them positive testimonials from previous employers. Make them feel that they would be crazy not to recruit you.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Choose the strengths that will be the most appealing to them – are they looking for somebody who is organised, ambitious, confident, creative, efficient or driven? Focus on what they have asked for in the job description and choose strengths that meet that criteria.
The weakness question is always an interesting one. Try and turn the weakness around into a positive. You could say “I’m a bit of a perfectionist”, “I work too hard” or “I care too much about work”. This is telling the interviewer that your weakness is actually not that bad!
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