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Once you have been granted a job interview it is essential to complete all your preparation into researching the applicable role, organization and industry. Also complete a thorough analysis of your own strengths and weaknesses, document real life work examples for possible behavioral interview questions and practice your answers to all likely questions. Your preparation and presentation will avoid you being caught off guard and help you stand out during the interview as a qualified, knowledgeable candidate, who is highly suitable for the vacant role.

The Question Process

Remain professional, confident and calm throughout your interview. Maintain eye contact and answer questions honestly. Provide relevant work related examples when requested. Behavioral interview questions will be used to understand your past work behaviors as they are an indicator of future work behavior.

Interview Questions

  • Tell me about yourself – Be brief, avoid personal statements and keep your response relevant to work related information. The interviewer wants to know why they would want to work with you and how your experience makes you qualified for the job.
  • How does your education equip you for this role? – Regardless of your level of education, you will have received some related experience that can be applied to the job. Be realistic and do not overstate your qualifications.
  • Why do you want to work here? – They want to know why they should employ you. You should have at least two responses prepared for this question that revolve around your interest in the work or the industry; or the work environment within the organization.
  • What are your long and short term goals? – Keep your answer in line with the organizations objectives and within the scope of the role. Always indicate that you want to be a long term team member.
  • Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? – The interviewer wants to make sure you are going to be committed to the organization. Your answer should always be working as a key member of the organization. They do not want to hear you want their management job!
  • How long do you plan to stay in a position? – This question is about professional ambition and long term goals. Provide an answer that indicates you plan to stay for a long duration and be a contributing member to the organization or as long as you continue to receive growth opportunities within the role you plan to remain with the organization.
  • What are your greatest strengths? – Provide two to three brief but specific examples that highlight tasks you are best suited to and why.
  • What are your greatest weaknesses? – The interviewer actually doesn’t want to hear that you have any, so rather than give a negative response it is better to provide examples of where you have turned challenges into opportunities or learning experiences.
  • Why did you leave your last job? – Keep your response honest and positive without discrediting your former employer. Consider what motivates you and focus on leaving to advance your career through greater opportunities (or a similar response).
  • Do you prefer working in a team or alone? – It is rare for a job role to involve only one form of work interaction. Provide examples where you have successfully worked in both environments and express that you are comfortable working in both when the role requires it.
  • What major challenges or problems did you face in your previous job and how did you handle them? – It is important your answer includes specific examples on how you analyzed and resolved the issue in a positive manner i.e. a project was behind schedule, through consultation I identified the root cause and reallocated resources to bring the project back on track and completed on time.
  • What is your greatest achievement to date? – Be prepared with a brief example (provide statistics or financial information if possible). Keep your answer work related and applicable to the job you are applying for.
  • What do you find exciting about this job offer? – Briefly provide 3 answers on what motivates and excites you about the job. Discuss how the required qualifications match to your own skills and work related interests.
  • What challenges are you looking for in a role? – Answer that you are motivated by challenges and enjoy using your skill set and experience to take on any challenge that may arise. Provide a relevant work example of challenges you have successfully met.
  • You appear to be overqualified for this position? – Advise the interviewer that your experience would be an asset to the organization as your skill set will allow you to immediately contribute (an immediate return on their investment) and you are interested in the success of the company as well as the job.
  • How do you handle criticism? – Provide a positive example where you turned the matter into a learning experience. This is to highlight that the situation was taken as an opportunity for improvement.
  • How do you handle stress or pressure? – Answer that you strive to turn such situations into a controlled and positive situation i.e.  I enjoy working in a challenging environment, I prioritize my tasks to understand what needs to be done and when to get them completed on time, I focus on the tasks required to meet tight deadlines etc.
  • What are the positive character traits you do not have? – Provide an honest concise work related answer and focus on traits that you could receive training on to complement your current skills.
  • What did you think of your previous boss? – Again it is important to provide a positive response. Discuss how they taught you a certain skill or discuss their best qualities.
  • If I asked your previous boss what your best qualities are, what would they say? – Provide three examples related to skills and abilities that are relevant to the job you are applying for.
  • How do you resolve conflict? – Discuss your communication skills, understanding the problem at hand and working with all associated parties to resolve the issue in a positive manner. Have an actual example prepared that was resolved successfully.
  • Why did you leave your last job? – Provide an answer that is positive about your previous employer. Your response should focus on a lack of career advancement or growth opportunities.
  • What did you like or dislike about your last job? – Stay positive in your answer. Focus on responses that indicated you liked your coworkers, the work atmosphere, you enjoyed the leadership style, and the reason you left was that the role no longer offered a challenge or there was no opportunity for advancement.
  • What have you been doing since your last job? – If you are still employed advise the interviewer of this and discuss why this organization provides a better fit for your career aspirations. If unemployed explain what activities you have been pursuing to gain further employment.
  • Why should we employ you? – Provide an answer that indicates you will be a positive contributor through your enthusiasm for the job and the skills, experience and abilities you possess will make you a better choice than other candidates (what can you do for the organization that no one else can?).

    Preparation, practice and presentation will ensure that your job interview goes well. Providing concise answers and relevant examples offers to the interviewer a good background summary on how you are likely to approach issues and resolve them in a positive way. These factors along with your experience and skills can make you stand out from other job candidates and allow you to win the job on your own merits.

 

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