The job interview can be a stressful experience for a lot of people, but preparing for the questions can help increase your confidence level.
Below are the five most common questions asked during an interview, including the logic behind them and how to consider answering them:
#1—“Tell me about yourself.”
This is typically the first question the interviewer will ask. It’s an opportunity for them to assess you as a person through what you say and how you deliver it. You never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make sure you’re adequately prepared to answer this question. Above all, keep it concise.
#2—“What are your weaknesses?”
At first glance, this question might seem tricky. However, if you’ve thoroughly gone through the company’s profile and/or website, you’ll better understand which qualities are considered strengths and which are not. There are a few ways to answer this question.
First, armed with your knowledge of which weaknesses are likely frowned upon by the interviewer, you could admit to those that are not crucial to the job requirements. Second, you could mask strengths as weaknesses. For instance, you could say that you are a very meticulous person who gets picky with details of a project. Third, you could confess to past weaknesses, but then illustrate how you triumphed over them.
#4—“Why should I hire you?”
Here’s where you should link your skills, experience, education, and personality to the job. This is why you need to be very familiar with the job description and the company culture. It’s possible that you may not have as much in the way of skills, experience, or qualifications as other candidates.
As you explain your compatibility with the job and company, be sure to portray yourself as a motivated, confident, and energetic person. As a general rule, people are attracted to those traits.
#5—“Do you have any questions for me?”
This your chance to finish the interview in a strong fashion. This means not saying that you don’t have questions to ask. You absolutely must ask questions. Doing otherwise might leave the impression that you’re not exactly keen on the job. (Or at the very least, that you’re a person who does not do their due diligence.)
However, don’t ask questions with obvious answers you could have discovered through research. Try to incorporate your knowledge of the industry and the company into a question that addresses a genuine concern.
Last year, Time Staffing won ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client and Talent Awards for providing superior service to their clients and candidates. ClearlyRated's Best of Staffing Award is the only award in the United States and Canada that recognizes staffing agencies that have proven superior service and quality based entirely upon ratings provided by their clients and job candidates. Time Staffing received satisfaction scores of 9 out of 10 or 10 out of 10 from 75.4% of their placed talent, significantly higher than the industry’s average of 45%.
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