3 common job interview questions with tips and example answers.
There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
One of the worst things to deal with in adult life is facing job interviews. Let’s face it, we have all been to the ‘this is going to make me depressed later‘ interview or the ‘I have never felt more disappointed before‘ interview.
Interviews can be unpleasant and difficult for most of us (including me) but with a little insight to and preparation for important job interview questions we can overcome this obstacle.
The commonly asked job interview questions are the ones that judge your potential and suitability for the job. Even though it is not possible to measure a person’s worth in a few minutes, these questions are usually framed to get an idea of personality traits, skills, presence of mind and other such attributes.
After reflecting on my own numerous job interview experiences (good & bad) as well as researching on the topic, I have put together this list. The following is the list of three most commonly asked job interview questions including tips on how to answer them and example answers to each question.
Here it goes-
1. Introduce yourself?
Introduce yourself aka ‘tell us something about yourself‘, is the most common job interview question in my opinion and experience. The question appears to be the most simple but it is a tricky one. You have to be tactful in answering this most effectively and swiftly.
- Keep a smile in your face, but not too much.
- Research about the organization prior to the interview.
- Look good for the interview and you will feel good too.
- Be organized, plan the day before hand and arrange all documents and other essentials in advance.
- Think about the interviewers as people who wants to get to know you better.
- Relax, being anxious is not going to get you the job!
Example Answer –
“My name is XYZ, and I was born and brought up in ABC city. I graduated in ‘my subject’ from City College.
I have spent the last two years developing my skills as a post/ designation for X company.
(Use your job experience, if any).
I am good at communicating and usually able to persuade people (put stress on your strengths). That is the reason I want to join this organization, where my skills can be improved by putting to best use (sell yourself).
2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This job interview question might not be too difficult for most people. But for some of us who not just fall under the introvert spectrum but are also humble to the core, this is the deal breaking question!
Answering this question has led to one of my biggest (you can say a blunder or) nightmare interview. I shall share the details of that experience some other time.
So, this isn’t exactly what I call easy or quick to answer kind of job interview question.
Some tips –
- Prepare, prepare and prepare some more.
- Think about the answer and then write it down. Now read it to yourself.
- Believe in yourself.
- You are humble but you have many other qualities other than that. Share them.
- Make the list longer in the side of strength and as short as possible in the opposite side i.e, your weaknesses. We want them to think you are human, not a weird human!
Example answer –
“I am a very hardworking, reliable, responsible and loyal person (clichéd but works well). I think my biggest strength is my ability to persist and staying positive even while facing difficult circumstances.
I hate to admit (you are throwing the sensible side of your personality), but I do have some weaknesses. I tend to get a bit emotional and can be very straightforward, those are the areas I need to work on.”
3. Why should we hire you?
You might be the best person for the job but they wouldn’t care one bit if you can’t make them see it for themselves. This job interview question is put before you to judge if you have a true desire for the job and how well you can express that desire.
If you manage to answer this question well, they will know you have clarity about your (probable) place in their world.
Some tips –
- Whatever you do, don’t ever say ‘why shouldn’t you?’
- Don’t be obnoxious or over confident in answering this question.
- Research very well about all aspects of the particular job and company profile.
- Your answer must clearly state how you will be useful to the organization.
- Show some enthusiasm.
Example answer –
“I have a drive to do something in life that’ll change my life as well as others. And, I can bring that change only through my work. By matching my individual purpose with your overall objective, I can turn myself into a useful resource. This is the thing about me that’ll be of use in your organization. If selected, I can contribute towards achieving results and prove my worth as a great addition to the team.”
Whether you are preparing for a job interview or have faced one recently, you must have wondered about how to give the best answer to the important questions asked in an interview.
One simple question can sometimes make or break your impression and consequently jeopardize your chance of securing the job. It is crucial to stay prepared for answering the commonly asked job interview questions.
Remember, the more you prepare the more confidence you will obtain. And the more confidence you obtain, much better results you will achieve.
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I hope the article will be useful to you, if you are preparing to face a job interview.
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