GOOD JOB INTERVIEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS TIPS AND GUIDELINE
The best way to prepare yourself for the Job Interview is to know what questions may be coming and practice in advance. The following are some of the most difficult questions you will face in the course of your job interviews. Some questions may seem rather simple on the surface—such as “Tell me about yourself”—but these Job INTERVIEW questions can have a variety of answers.
The following answers are provided to give you a new perspective on how to answer tough interview questions. They are provided for you to use as the basic structure for formulating your own answers. While the specifics of each reply may not apply to you, try to follow the basic structure of the answer from the perspective of the interviewer.
1. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF?
It seems like an easy Job Interview question. This classic opening question should probably be put out to pasture, but it’s still one of the most common, interview questions you’ll face and it still seems to trip up a ton of job seekers every year. So as you answer this question, talk about what you’ve done to prepare yourself to be the very best candidate for the position. Use an example or two to back it up. Then ask if they would like more details. If they do, keep giving them example after example of your background and experience. Always point back to an example when you have the opportunity.
“Tell me about yourself” does not mean tell me everything. Just tell me what makes you the best.
2. WHY SHOULD I HIRE YOU?
The easy answer is that you are the best person for this Job Interview. And don’t be afraid to say so. But then back it up with what specifically differentiates you.
For example: “You should hire me because I’m the best person for the job. I realize that there are likely other candidates who also have the ability to do this job. Yet I bring an additional quality that makes me the best person for the job—my passion for excellence. I am passionately committed to producing truly world class results. For example…”
3. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH?
This is a fairly straight forward question to handle. Talk about a “strength” that you know the company puts a lot of value in. This question really lets you guide the interview where you want it to go. This your chance to relate your most impressive success story, so take advantage!
- Find out from your company research and from the job description what strengths the company puts a lot of stock into.
4. WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?
Most career books tell you to select a strength and present it as a weakness. Such as: “I work too much. I just work and work and work.” Wrong. First of all, using a strength and presenting it as a weakness is deceiving. Second, it misses the point of the question.
You should select a weakness that you have been actively working to overcome. For example: “I have had trouble in the past with planning and prioritization. However, I’m now taking steps to correct this. I’m now using a planning app to better plan and prioritize…” then pull out your mobile to show how you are using the app.
5. WHAT IS YOUR LONG-RANGE OBJECTIVE?
The key is to focus on your achievable objectives and what you are doing to reach those objectives.
For example: “Within five years, I would like to become the very best accountant your company has on staff. I want to work toward becoming the expert that others rely upon. And in doing so, I feel I’ll be fully prepared to take on any greater responsibilities which might be presented in the long term. For example, here is what I’m presently doing to prepare myself…”
Then go on to show by your examples what you are doing to reach your goals and objectives.
6. WHAT QUALITIES DO YOU FEEL A SUCCESSFUL MANAGER SHOULD HAVE?
Focus on two words: leadership and vision. Then tell of how that leadership and vision translated into your personal delivered results.
Here is a sample of how to respond: “The key quality in a successful manager should be leadership—the ability to be the visionary for the people who are working under them. The person who can set the course and direction for subordinates, keeping them focused on what is most important for delivering the highest priority results. The highest calling of a true leader is inspiring others to reach the highest of their abilities. I’d like to tell you about a person whom I consider to be a true leader…”
Then give an example of someone who has touched your life and how their impact has helped in your personal development.
7. “WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK FOR US?”
The hiring manager is trying to get at your underlying motivations for wanting this job. Are you here just for a paycheck or do you see yourself becoming an integral part of the company and growing along with it? You need to show them that you want to become “part of the family”.
At the same time however, show how your “wants” coincide with their “needs”.
Talk about specific things you like about the company. Do your homework before and find out the needs of the company and talk about how you’re passionate about “fulfilling those needs”.
8. WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 YEARS?
This question catches a lot of job seekers off guard because on the surface it seems simple enough but when you dig a little deeper you’ll see that there are a couple of traps you could fall into.
- Demonstrate when you answer the question your level of commitment to the position they are interviewing you for.
- Stress your interest in a long-term career at the company
9. HOW HAS YOUR EDUCATION PREPARED YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?
This is a broad question and you need to focus on the behavioral examples in your educational background which specifically align to the required competencies for the career.
An example: “My education has focused on not only the learning the fundamentals, but also on the practical application of the information learned within those classes. For example, I played a lead role in a class project where we gathered and analyzed best practice data from this industry. Let me tell you more about the results…”
Focus on behavioral examples supporting the key competencies for the career. Then ask if they would like to hear more examples.
10. “DO YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR ME?”
Around 75 percent of job seekers will say “Nope, I think that’s everything” to this question.
This question gives you a fantastic opportunity to stand out from the crowd and show your knowledge and passion for the company or organization you are interviewing for. Always have a few questions prepared and have one based around something you found during your company research phase.