Do you ever wonder what an interviewer is actually looking for during an interview? Here are several secrets that might help you out during an interview.
1: Good body language
What is your body language communicating to your interviewer?
Shocking and confusion never leaves a good impact. Being relaxed is a very good thing and creates a highly positive impact. You need to focus on your sitting posture and look professional but natural. Tapping your fingers, clicking your pen, and other distractions may leave a poor impression on your interviewer. Be sure to maintain a healthy and natural smile throughout the interview.
2: Tell us about yourself
In almost every company this question is asked. This question clearly tells the interviewer that you have performed some prior checks before coming to company, and you know why you are here. Try to cover your qualifications and previous experience. Don’t give any false statements, just be honest about yourself in a professional light.
3: Why should we hire you?
What makes you unique? Always try to focus your valuable assets that will help the organization to meet future demands. Try not to make comparisons with others as it might leave a bad impact on the interviewer. Answers to this question should state your skill sets and educational rewards.
4: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
You need to answer this question very confidently. Your increased confidence and relaxed behavior will impact on interviewer in a positive way. You surely have lots of strengths, but while explaining them try to make them unique and positive. Your problem-solving skills, and positive attitude are just a few examples. While stating your weaknesses, try to be honest but optimistic. If jobs require some skill sets that you don’t have, the interviewer might know that too but describing it at that time generates an impact that you are so serious about the job.
5: How do you handle pressure and stress?
Just go through a past example that was very stressful but your impressive skill sets helped you to overcome it. State all the difficulties you faced and what approach you used to resolve these issues. Stress management is great to showcase if it is a real strength of yours. Tell them that you can meet tight deadlines and can give quality based results.
6: Describe your philosophy towards work?
Always remember that interviewer are not looking for your autobiography, just precise and accurate answers for every question. You need to explain your strengths while handling any critical situation towards work.
7: What is your salary expectation?
This question acts like a loaded gun, you need to be very careful while answering this critical question else you might end up shooting yourself. Don’t directly jump to your expectation and don’t state the exact numbers. Ask what they offer in that position. Try to know their range. Then state your expected salary with respect to that.
8: How do you evaluate success regarding this job?
There are lots of possible answers to this question and it has been asked by many of my colleagues. It varies from the mentality of the interviewer and the person who is being interviewed. Success is very important regarding every job and it is important in both personal and professional life.
9: Do you have the desired skills and personality required to do the job?
You have already checked out the job description and you are very clear about that. You can show evidence from your past job to make it clear that you have the desired skills and personality to perform that job better than anyone else. Emphasize the unique skill they are focusing on and prove it with a situational story.
10: Are You Flexible to adjust to our company’s environment?
Behavioral questions are asked multiple times to make it clear whether you will be able to handle the things effectively in a tough environment with tough people or not. It is very important that you show previous examples how you handled this type of situation in the past.
11: Will you initiate useful change?
In the coming future if you get the chance to change things in the company, will you take initiative for that? As the environment of every organization is different, get some information ahead of time to answer this question well.
12: Do you have any questions?
This is the final question in every interview so that you can get your questions answered. Be sure to come with a few good questions that show you have actually read about the company.