Interview Q & A

Interview Q & A

Be prepared… It’s not just for boy scouts! It should

also be a critical part of your job interview process. What you say in your interview shows your potential boss how well you are able to express yourself, think on your feet and handle pressure. That’s why you must take the time before the interview to prepare yourself to answer any question with skill and style.

To help you ace your interview, we’ve prepared a list of commonly asked interview questions. Just like a test, it helps to know the answers before you begin! And while we can’t answer these questions for you, we can help you think of the best way to give the interviewer a unique, intelligent answer that’s sure to move you to the top of their list!

Tell Me about Yourself

This is perhaps the most common interview question – you’re almost guaranteed to be asked this one. This your chance to really sell yourself, but remember, it’s also important to be both relevant, concise, and focus your answer around your professional abilities and background. This is not the time for your autobiography.

What are your Weaknesses?

The key to this question is to answer honestly and positively. Here’s a hint: the answer they’re looking for isn’t about you being a workaholic or a perfectionist. Everyone tries that one. Instead, mention a genuine professional weakness, but also emphasize that you’re continually working on this issue. You can cite the measures you’ve taken to ensure you can overcome it and examples of your improvement. Honesty and self improvement are the keys.

Why should I hire you?

It’s not enough to say that you can do the job. You must explain how you are uniquely qualified to do the job better than any other candidate. The interviewer is looking for you to go beyond the job description and convince them that you have a unique combination of skills, experience and personality that makes you the best candidate.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

What the interviewer is looking for with this question is a balance between ambition and your desire to work with the company on a long-term basis. You’ll want to avoid any response that suggests you’re not planning to stay, such as starting your own business or using the position as a stepping stone. It’s okay to mention your hopes for advancement in general terms, but that shouldn’t be the focus of your response.

Wild Card Questions

Some interviews like to see how quickly you react in stressful situations. They’ll often ask questions that have nothing to do with the job – questions like “If you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be and why?” or “If you could meet a famous historical person, who would it be and what one question would you ask them?” When asked wild card questions, the best way to handle it is to take a moment to think about your answer and always reply with confidence. If you don’t believe in your answer, neither will they. The important thing to remember is that there’s no right answer. It’s all about how you think on your feet.

No matter what question you are asked during your interview, remember to focus, take your time and answer each question to the best of your ability. And always remember the Boy Scout’s motto and be prepared! Good luck!

Bonus Tip: Always bring a notepad and pen to your interview to take good notes. This practice also allows you to have your notes handy at the same time. So even if you don’t need your notes during your interview, it will boost your confidence just to know they are at your fingertips.