We have already covered the best ways to upgrade your career in 2021 and here we will cover interview tips. Have you been wondering how to prepare for your next interview? How to bag that job you have been eyeing? How do you answer interview questions? We are covering some of the most common questions that are asked during an interview and how to answer them.
1. Tell me about yourself
Give the interviewer a brief overview of your professional history. Take this opportunity to focus on notable achievements throughout your career. Practice summarizing your career in one to two minutes.
2.What interests you about this job?
Many job seekers make the mistake of focusing on what’s in it for them — salary, benefits, etc. Instead, use your answer to tell the interviewer what you will bring to the table. Whether it’s the challenges of the position, the day-to-day responsibilities, or the chance to work for a thriving company, figure out what genuinely excites you about the opportunity.
3. Why did you leave your last job?/Why are you looking to leave your current job?
Even if you left your last job on bad terms, keep your answer to this question positive. Bad mouthing your last employer will only raise red flags. Maybe you’re looking for an organization with more growth opportunities or a position with greater challenges. Whatever your reasons, keep it positive.
4.What do you know about our company?
Not knowing anything about the company will almost surely disqualify you from the candidate pool.
Visit their website
, search for any relevant news on the organization, and check out their social media
pages to get a complete overview of the company. Be prepared to tell them everything you learned.
5.What is your greatest weakness?
The interviewer asks this question to see if you’re honest and self-aware. Everyone has weaknesses, so saying you don’t have any won’t work. The best way to answer this question is to think of a weakness you’ve already taken steps to remedy, giving concrete examples of what you’re doing to improve.
6.What is your greatest professional achievement?
The employer wants to learn what you can bring to their organization. Prepare by determining what strengths you have related to the position. Avoid cliché answers like “I’m a people person” or vague answers like “I’m a great communicator.” Give them an example of how your greatest strength has helped you find success in your previous roles.
7.Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The interviewer wants to know if you have realistic expectations for your career and if those expectations align with the job opportunity. Be honest. Where do you want your career to be in five years? If your goals don’t match the role, you might not get the job, but at least you won’t accept a position that doesn’t fit your aspirations.
8.What questions do you have for me?
Nothing will eliminate you from the candidate pool quicker than not having questions to ask at the end of your interview. The interviewer wants to see if you are actually interested in the job, or if it’s just a placeholder until you find something else. If you’re truly attracted to the opportunity, then these questions should come naturally. You might want to know what the culture is like, more details about the day-to-day responsibilities, or what the expectations are for the role. Think about the position and decide what questions you need answered before you can take the job. Always end by asking about the next step in the interview process.
With these interview tips, you should be prepared to ace the next interview and be a step ahead in your career.