No two interviews are alike. But if you go into your interview having practiced your answers to these questions, you’ll be poised for success.
WHAT ARE YOUR STRENGTHS?
These are attributes that help qualify you for the job. Identify five strengths that you feel are most in line with the job that you’re interviewing for and give a brief example of how you successfully applied each particular strength in a work situation.
WHAT ARE YOUR WEAKNESSES?
Everybody has weaknesses, but keep your answer work-related. When pointing out weaknesses, stay away from personal behaviors and instead focus on professional attributes.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE PRESSURE AND STRESS?
Everyone feels stress; the only difference is in the degree. Give examples of how you have effectively handled stress at work.
WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF FIVE (OR TEN) YEARS FROM NOW?
Don’t mention goals that you know are most likely not attainable. Instead, emphasize your interest in thoroughly mastering the job that you are applying for.
WHY SHOULD WE HIRE YOU?
This is your chance to highlight your organizational skills, positive attitude, and confidence—qualities that make you an ideal candidate for the job. Reiterate some of the key functions of the job, and describe how your qualifications match their requirements.
DESCRIBE A DIFFICULT WORK SITUATION AND HOW YOU POSITIVELY HANDLED IT.
The interviewer is most likely looking for an example of your problem-solving skills and the confidence you showed when using them. Emphasize the skills you used to handle a problem, such as organizational and interactive skills, resolution, or mediation.
WHY ARE YOU LEAVING, OR WHY DID YOU LEAVE, YOUR JOB?
Don’t start your conversation by criticizing an employer. Instead, fit your answer to company issues, such as the fact that the company is being bought or shutdown, or personal issues, such as lack of opportunity.
WHAT CHALLENGES ARE YOU LOOKING FOR IN YOUR NEXT POSITION?
The answers employers are looking for reflect how you would effectively use your skills and experience when challenges present themselves, if you were hired for the job. Describe specific examples of challenges you have met and goals that you have achieved.
With this checklist, a little preparation, and a healthy measure of confidence, interviewing for your next dream job can be a snap!