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Interview tips

 

 

1. Research the Company: Learn about the company's history, mission, values, products or services, and recent news. This knowledge shows your genuine interest and helps you tailor your responses.


2. Understand the Role: Review the job description thoroughly. Understand the responsibilities and requirements of the role so you can discuss how your skills and experience align with them.


3. Practice Your Responses: Prepare answers to common interview questions such as "Tell me about yourself," "Why do you want to work here?" and "What are your strengths and weaknesses?" Practice your answers to sound confident and concise.


4. Highlight Achievements: Prepare specific examples of your accomplishments, both from your previous work experiences and personal life that demonstrate your skills and qualities relevant to the job.


5. Dress Appropriately: Choose professional attire that aligns with the company's dress code. It's better to be slightly overdressed than underdressed.


6. Arrive Early: Aim to arrive about 10-15 minutes before the scheduled interview time. This gives you time to relax and gather your thoughts.


7. Body Language: Maintain good posture, make eye contact, and offer a firm handshake. Positive body language shows confidence and professionalism.


8. Listen Carefully: Pay close attention to the interviewer's questions. If you're unsure about something, don't hesitate to ask for clarification.


9. Ask Questions: Prepare thoughtful questions to ask the interviewer. This shows your interest in the role and helps you evaluate if the company is the right fit for you.


10. Be Authentic: Be yourself during the interview. Authenticity is appreciated by interviewers and helps them gauge if you'll be a good fit for the company culture.


11. Stay Positive: Keep a positive attitude throughout the interview. Even if you encounter a challenging question, respond in a constructive and optimistic manner.


12. Manage Nervousness: It's natural to feel nervous, but try to manage it by taking deep breaths and reminding yourself of your preparedness.


13. Showcase Soft Skills: Emphasize your soft skills such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and adaptability. These qualities are often just as important as technical skills.


14. Follow Up: Send a thank-you email or note within 24 hours after the interview, expressing your gratitude for the opportunity and reiterating your interest in the role.


15. Learn from Each Interview: Even if you don't get the job, view each interview as a learning experience. Reflect on what went well and what you could improve for future interviews.


Perhaps you still wish to accept our claims, but how can I respond to that? Do you simply have to acknowledge your ignorance of the solution? Here are all of the answers to the questions that employers have asked most frequently. Regardless of how thoroughly you prepare, there is always a possibility that you will be asked a question for which you do not have the answer. These pointers ought to help reduce some of your interview-related anxiety

 

1. Tell Me About Yourself. 

All interviews start with the same question: 

· Tell me about yourself

The question sounds easy on paper, sure. After all, we talk about ourselves all the time. But when you think about it, it’s a really open-ended question. Worried and unsure of how to answer? Relax, you’re not the only one! 


Most people struggle with this question. 

Interviewers also ask this question to evaluate how confident interviewees are, which in turn gives them a view of how new hires might present themselves to customers, clients and colleagues if they get the job.

As a job seeker, knowing how to answer, “tell me about yourself,” gives you a great opportunity to spotlight the job skills and experience that make you the ideal candidate for the job. And because it’s a question that many hiring managers lead with, it's also your way to start off on the right foot.


Every good answer to “tell me about yourself” should consist of:

· Work - This should make up about 80% of your answer. Focus on your previous experience and accomplishments here. 

· Academic - 10-15% of your answer should then be about your academic background (university, academic achievements, etc.). 

· Personal - Finally the last 5-10% should be about you as a person, while still keeping it relevant to the company. 

 

2. Why do you want to work at this company? 

Other ways of asking the question include: “Why do you want to work here?” “Why do you want to join our company?” “Why do you want this job?” So, as you prepare for that make-or-break interview, it’s a good idea to actually ask yourself: “Why DO I want this job?”


5 good answers to ‘Why do you want to work here?’ 

Here are some far more promising ways to answer the “Why do you want to work here?” interview question: 

1. I’ve known about your company for a long time and really admire it. 

2. I believe I can make a positive impact here. 

3. The company’s values align with my own. 

4. I love what I’ve heard/read about the company culture. 

5. I admire the company’s work ethic and collaborative spirit 

 

3. What makes you unique? 

The employer wants to see evidence of strengths and soft skills you might not have included in your resume or application, but that will help you do well on the job. Interviewers ask these kinds of questions to determine whether you're a good fit for the job, but this may also be asked to determine if you are compatible with the organization’s culture.

The interviewer is looking not only for indications that you’re qualified to do the work, but also for something above and beyond what the other candidates offer, showing that you’ll be a strong addition to the company.


4. What can you bring to the company? 

You can answer this question in two parts. First, explain what the attribute is and how you have demonstrated it in the past (or how you currently demonstrate it in your workplace). Then, explain why that skill makes you uniquely qualified to work for the company.


5.What are your greatest strengths?

The main reason interviewers ask this question is to identify whether your strengths align with the needs of the company and the job's responsibilities. The company wants to learn whether you're a good fit for the role you're interviewing for. The goal of the interviewer is to make a match between your credentials and the skills needed to succeed in the job.

Your response will help the employer decide whether or not you are the strongest applicant for the position. That means if you're applying for an accounting job, it's not helpful to highlight that your strength lies in event organization.

When you are asked questions about your strengths, discuss attributes that will best qualify you for the specific job and set you apart from the other candidates.

 

6. What do you consider to be your weaknesses? 

Yes, the dreaded job weaknesses interview question. The last thing you want to do at an interview is to say that you are bad at something. Good news: you can answer the "what are your weaknesses" job interview question without sabotaging yourself. And—hint—it does NOT involve pretending that being a perfectionist is a personal weakness


An ideal candidate won’t deny that they have real weaknesses. But the weakness they choose won’t interfere with the duties of the job in question. An ideal candidate won’t lie about their weaknesses. Choose a real weakness and talk about the steps you’re taking to address it. An important part of your "what are your weaknesses" answer is showing self-improvement. You should include details about the steps you’re taking to learn a skill or correct a weakness.


7.Why are you leaving your current job?

Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons for leaving a job that can be explained in a manner that paints you in a positive light. Consider the following:

· I want to learn more
· I feel like I'm ready to take on more responsibility
· I believe I've progressed as far as I can in my current role
· I need a change of environment to motivate me
· I want to develop a new skill that isn't required in my current job
· I don't feel like my current role is challenging me anymore

Answering this question gives you the opportunity to show off how much you know about your potential new employer and demonstrate your enthusiasm for the position. Give your reason for leaving, then explain how this makes the new job particularly appealing.

8. How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

The interviewer really wants to know whether you can handle job-related stress, and what you do in particularly stressful situations at work. This is especially important if you’re interviewing for a position where stress is an integral part of the job. That's because job stress can have a negative impact on workplace performance. To answer this question successfully, you'll want to provide specific examples of how you've handled stress well in the past. You might also provide examples of times when pressure actually made you work more productively.

Be careful how you respond. If you say you get stressed when you're given multiple projects, and you know the job will require you to juggle many assignments at once, you’ll look like you're not a good fit for the position.

9. What’s your current salary?

There are a number of ways to answer interview questions about salaries, and it’s important to determine how best to answer this question so you can go into your interview with confidence.
While you want to aim high, you also don’t want to aim so high that you put yourself out of the company’s salary range.

10. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This popular interview question helps interviewers and hiring managers get a sense of how your career goals align with the company's goals. It also helps them gauge whether you’re likely to have a long tenure at their company or if you’ll probably leave after just a few months or a year on the job. Even if you plan on moving on relatively quickly, keep that information to yourself. Questions about your future plans can be tricky to answer—you need to be honest in your response, but also keep it relevant to the job and industry. For example, don't share your five-year goal to publish a novel if you're interviewing for an accountant position.

11. What kind of working environment do you work best in?

Are you more comfortable in a traditional, more formal work environment or in a more casual office structure? Do you like a team-based approach, or do you prefer doing your own thing? Do you prefer working remotely or would you rather be in the office?

An interviewer will want to know in which environment you are most comfortable. You can only be at your maximum productivity if you are relaxed and feel that you fit in. Your answer indicates that you are comfortable and enjoy working in teams and would be especially appropriate if you were talking to an interviewer for a company that used a team approach in the work environment.

12. Why have you switched jobs so many times?

Emphasize the positive reasons why you are targeting a job with their organization. Refer to specific aspects of the work, company culture, and employer that correspond well with your interests and skills.

Placing the focus upon your potential employer subtly redirects the conversation from your previous work experience to your strong potential as their next employee. It is also a great way to show that you’ve done your homework in researching their company before your interview.

 

13. What are your hobbies?

When answering these kinds of interview questions, provide answers that are honest, but be careful not to go into so much detail about your hobbies that they will seem to threaten your commitment to the job. If, for example, your hobby is following your daughter from city to city because she performs as a gymnast, that might be worrisome to many interviewers. 


Prior to your interview, do some research on the company and see if any of your hobbies or interests dovetail with the company culture. Those are interests you should emphasize if your interviewer asks this question. Avoid answers that make you seem uninteresting or, even worse, inappropriate. Keep your answers brief.


14. What do you know about this company/organization?

Do your research, and be prepared to demonstrate that you've taken the time to learn as much as you can about the company and – in some cases – the interviewer. Learn relevant, even critical information about the company so that you can apply your qualifications and interest not just to the job, but to the employer as well.

The selection process often is based on how well the candidate fits in the organizational culture, and part of this fit is based on how well you present yourself to the interviewer and your level of interest in the company that might be cutting your pay check.

 

15. Do you have any questions for us?

Your questions should make it clear that you were engaged during the interview and have quickly gained a sense of the company's goals and priorities. You can reflect back to earlier moments in the interview or build off of news within the company or its market.

Aim to always ask open-ended questions, and not questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no."

 

This is a great opportunity to learn more about what you'll do if it hasn't already been thoroughly covered in the earlier part of the interview. Questions could include:

  • Can you share more about the day-to-day responsibilities of this role? How would you describe the pace of a typical day?
  • If I were hired for this role, what would you want me to achieve in my first two months?
  • What mechanisms are in place for performance reviews and when would I receive my first formal evaluation?
  • In your opinion, what is the single most important indicator of success in this role?

 


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