The most dreaded interview questions… and how to answer them!
So you found the dream role, applied for it, and got an interview… that’s great news and you should be proud of yourself! Once the high has settled and the interview dates creeps ever closer, the nerves start to kick in and all sorts of worries pass through your mind. As every interview is different, it can feel like a difficult thing to prepare for.
One thing is for sure, you will be asked plenty of questions! While there will be some that are specific to each role, there are a few that crop up quite often, and they tend to be the ones we all dread the most. So let’s take a look at them, and how you can respond…
- Tell me about yourself
Where on Earth do you even begin with this one? Of course, the interviewer will have already read your CV, so try not to give a potted employment history. Instead expand on some key aspects of your experience, skills or training that are particularly relevant to the job role, and give a little insight into your personality and hobbies to show how you may fit in to the business and team. This will usually be an opening question, so try to prepare to avoid feeling as though you’ve stumbled at the first hurdle.
- What are your strengths?
Most people assume this is an easy one, but don’t be tempted to reel off a list of ‘obvious’ answers, such as ‘hard working’, or ‘team player’. Instead, think about some strengths that are unique to you and backed up by experience, skills, or training, and then discuss these in context to the role you are interviewing for.
- What are your weaknesses?
This is one of the questions that strikes the most fear among interviewees, why would you want to highlight your worst traits? In fact, being able to discuss areas where you might like to improve shows a level of maturity and honesty as well as an aspiration to want to do better and grow within your career.
- Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Think about this one in relation to the role you are interviewing for and be prepared with some answers beforehand. Don’t be shy about sharing your goals and ambitions for the future, an employee who has vision is attractive to an employer.
- Do you have any questions?
The rule of thumb here is to ask some questions! Have a couple readily prepared about specifics of the job or the business, but also ask something in relation to certain aspects that have touched upon briefly during the interview. This shows that you have been listening and are interested in the role and the company, which will help you to stand out.
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