Interviewers tend to stick to the same questions in every interview so always be prepared with an informative answer and you could be landing your dream job in no time.
- What is your greatest strength?
A: When asking this question the interviewer actually wants to know if your strengths align with the needs of the company. It is always important to identify key strengths that will set you apart from the other candidates.
- What is your greatest weakness?
A: You should never admit to not having any weaknesses. No one is perfect! Instead, this is your opportunity to turn a negative into a positive.
E.g. “I am always triple-checking every item in my spreadsheets.” This may mean that you are a candidate who is detail-orientated.
- Why are you leaving or why have you left your current job?
A: You should never badmouth your previous employer but rather say that you are looking for a greater opportunity to grow and challenge yourself.
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
A: The best answer is to give a clear example of how you have handled stress previously, as the interviewer will then be able to picture how well you work in stressful situations.
Focus on a time where you were given a difficult task and you rose to the occasion.
- How do you evaluate success?
A: Never claim that you measure success by your salary. Instead, say you measure success by the positive impact your work has had on the company, how your actions have furthered your company’s mission and vision, and how the company has led to your personal and intellectual growth.
- What are your goals for the future?
A: Your goals should focus not only on yourself, but also on your goals for the company.
- Why is there a gap in your employment history?
A: Always be honest when answering this question and turn this gap into a positive experience. In this time you should emphasize that you spent the time constructively with a new hobby or additional studying.
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
A: Always adapt your answer to the type of environment that your prospective company maintains. Do not over-complicate your answer and always advertise your strengths.
E.g. “I prefer a work environment where I can learn while implementing my knowledge and working independently.”