Job interviews are an imperative part of a company's hiring process. Interviewers tirelessly drill potential employees on work ethic, experience, strengths and weaknesses, while weeding out the seemingly mediocre workers from the great. Their questions are designed to make you think on your toes while still keeping a cool head. Practicing the most common interview questions before the interview will help you nail down positive and insightful answers that highlight your skills, as well as your work ethic.
This question is usually the first asked in a job interview. Here’s your chance to showcase your talents and skills related to the job's requirements. Always be honest when talking about yourself. Any lies told about the skills you retain will most likely become apparent when the interviewer starts asking you questions related to the job opening. Be sure to mention past experiences that are related to the job opening, as well as any related accomplishments you may have.
What’s the Reason for Leaving Your Past Job?
If you have never had a job before, make sure that the interviewer knows that while this may be your first job interview, you are well qualified for the job, and enthusiastic about working for the company. Honesty is key when talking about your past work experience. If you left your past job on bad terms, mention that you and your previous employer agreed to disagree and that you left to seek broader horizons. If you were fired, the interviewer will need to know this as well. Be completely transparent about the reasons you were fired, and the lessons learned from the situation. Make sure your interviewer knows that you have learned and grown from past mistakes, and that you will not commit the same mistakes again. Construct your answers to highlight you in a positive light, even if the answer is a negative one. Never mention salary or pay as a reason for leaving a previous job.
What’s Your Greatest Weakness?
Interviewers ask this question to gain insight into the weaknesses of a potential employee. However, it’s possible to reply to this question with a positive answer. You can state that you sometimes work too hard when you are deeply involved in a project, or that you are a bit of a perfectionist when working in a team and expect others to have the same quality of work that you do. Everyone has a weakness or two, and it’s never a good idea to state to an interviewer that you have no weaknesses at all.
Do You Have Any Questions for Me?
This question will give you the opportunity to nail down any job requirements that may not have been covered, or ask about common employee standards such as dress codes and employee parking. You can also use this time to ask the interviewer if she enjoys working for the company, and what they think the best part of their job is. Always have at least one question prepared to ask the interviewer. Doing so will show the interviewer that you have interest in the company and you aren't just here for a "job".
Based in Nelsonville, Ohio, Felicia Nelson has been writing since 2007, covering a variety of business and personal finance topics. She is pursuing a bachelor's degree in digital communications at Franklin University.