Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what a hiring manager would be asking you in your next job interview?
A canned response for every interview question (in fact, please don’t), we do recommend spending some time getting comfortable with what you might be asked, what hiring managers are really looking for in your responses, and what it takes to show that you’re the right man or woman for the job.
Top 5 How to Answer Common Interview Questions and Answers
1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Know that this is the most favorite question to ask in a job interview, so take this seriously. First, stop yourself from giving too much unimportant details about your life. What this question requires of you are answers that involve your attitude in working, your accomplishments and experiences. Before you end your reply, do not forget to relate all the things you just said to the reason why you fit the position the company is offering.
Example: I am Mae, and I am a fresh graduate. I finished with flying colors from Delix University. I did my internship with YT company where I was tasked to make graphic designs for clients. There, I was able to help the company gain another loyal client. I admit that the work was difficult for an intern but I learned to get along with the people there so it was really helpful for me. I also have this positive attitude towards work, so the position I’m applying for really fits me.
2. What do you know about the company?
You can’t answer this unless you took the time to research about the company before the interview. Get as many information about the company so you won’t be caught off guard. As for how to answer this question, start your answer with: What I know is that this company has been performing well and it has achieved this and that…and so on.
3. Why should we hire you?
This is the do or die question. Again, this is not something you can answer after one minute of thinking. You need to assess yourself days before the interview and ask the same question to yourself. What makes you different from the others that would convince your interviewer to hire you?
Example: I am confident that I will not disappoint you if you hire me. I can do a lot of things and I work well with people. I also have this mantra to always do my best in everything.
4. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Be honest in answering this question, but don’t let the worst go. You are still trying to market yourself so as you mention your weaknesses, back it up with how you handled them and improved yourself in the process. Make it a point to highlight your strengths.
5. How do you deal with pressure?
Cite instances of being pressured in work because unless you tell your experience, you will not be believable.