A job interview can be a difficult exam for many people. They might get intimidated, anxious and they might always find the right answers and even though they are good professionals, they end up not getting the job because they fail to provide a good answer to some questions that apparently seem quite simple.
Knowing or anticipating the answers they want to hear from you can get you your dream job. Below you can find a list of the most simple, yet difficult to answer questions that are likely to pop up during any job interview.
What can you tell us about yourself?
Apparently this is an inoffensive question that is used to start any job interview and represents your chance to start with the right foot. Concentrate on the answers that are relevant with the job you are after, tell them about your successes so far and try to express enthusiasm. Don’t talk about your family or about your colleagues from work.
What do you know about your company?
I think this is the question I like the most and I always like to be prepared for it. If you don’t know anything about your future employer you are on the wrong track. Do your homework, check their website, look for their press releases, if you have any friends working for them ask them for details. How many employees do they have, what is their position on the market, what services are they providing and so on and so forth.
What are your week points?
If you are being asked this question I don’t recommend to be honest. Try to make an advantage out of your weakness. For example, if you don’t have any practical experience in the domain you are trying to get in, you can tell them that this can be an advantage because of your “fresh blood” and new view on things you can provide.
Why did you quit your last job?
Again, show enthusiasm; don’t tell them about the bad things that happened there. Tell them you want to experience something new, that you want to make a change in your life, tell them you could not progress anymore.
What would you like to ask us?
This is one of my favorite questions as well. This is being asked usually at the end of the interview and it gives you the opportunity to get more information about the position you are targeting. You could ask what is the biggest challenge for this position, what would be your key performance indicators and so on.
I believe these five questions are the most frequently asked, apparently, simple questions that you should think about twice before answering. Good luck!
Author bio: Cristian is a Product Manager, owner and editor of Management Salary a website reporting salary averages in various management domains like human resource management, hotel management or information management.