Anyone who has been to at least one job interview knows how hard it can be to answer interview questions. On the surface, the questions look straightforward and easy to deal with; but when you have to provide answers, you realize how confused you are. Here are the top 12 best interview answers for common interview questions.
1. Tell me something about yourself
Usually, an interviewer will ask you to say something about yourself. This is an open-ended question and, of course, has no simple or obvious answer. However, no one will ask this question in an interview and expect you to ramble about where you were born and what food you like- unless such trivia answers place you in a better position to work for the company. Instead, focus on what makes you great for the job and why they should choose you instead of someone else with similar qualifications.
2. What amount of money would you want to be paid?
The interviewer will ask you how much money you would want to be paid if you get the job. First, you should never state an exact figure. You can instead answer by asking what the normal salary for a person in your position is. Or what the company has allocated for the individual who will fill the position. If pressed, provide a wide salary range and state that expected compensation depends on job duties.
3. The behavioral question
Employers want to know what kind of person you are, and using incidents from your past is a common method used to achieve this. The employer could ask you whether you have ever been under high pressure in a job, or whether you have ever had a disagreement with supervisors. The wrong answer here is a simple and conclusive “yes” or “no”. Instead, this question should be answered using the CAR technique where you explain the context, the action you took and the results.
4. Why do you want to work for them?
The interviewer wants to know that this is the best place you found and that you are confident in how well you can deliver. If you can know people who work for the company already, ask about what they like working there and strengthen your story with it. More importantly, your answer should project passion and drive.
5. What do you know about the company?
People who know more about the company are seen as more serious about working there. Use fliers, magazines and other forms of media to learn about the company. All the interviewees have probably viewed the company’s website and social media accounts. Going the extra mile will impress your interviewer.
6. What are your weaknesses?
This question could easily throw you for a loop as you try to justify a real core weakness, or try to pretend that you’re flawless. The right way to answer this question is to identify a weakness that you have but are working hard to correct and making progress.
7. What are your strengths?
With this question, you need to be accurate and sincere. Also have some backup stories from your past to illustrate these strengths.
8. What are your greatest achievements?
This question allows you to brag about what you have done in the past since nothing pleases an employer more than an employee who can deliver. Use the Context, Action, and Results technique to answer this question.
9. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This question simply seeks to see whether you have career ambitions and how the position will help you achieve it. The best method of answering this question is to consider what you could make out of the position and develop realistic expectations of the future.
10. Why are you leaving your current job?
The answer here should never involve bad-mouthing your boss or co-workers. Instead, respond by indicating that the position you are applying for is more in line with your abilities and qualifications.
11. What type of work environment do you like?
By the time you get to the interview room, you should already have an idea of what kind of work environment the company offers. If you want the job, this is the type of environment you like.
12. Do you have any questions?
This is usually the final interview question. You can and should take the opportunity to ask some questions but always have them focused on the company and not yourself. Also, don’t ask about bonuses or vacation time.