7 Questions You Can Expect in the Interview and How to Answer Them

Before the interview you’ll need to spend time researching the company you’re looking to join.

7 Questions You Can Expect in the Interview and How to Answer Them

Question 1) Tell me about yourself

Obviously there’s no right or wrong answer but as first impressions are key, this is any important one to prepare for. Be careful not to waffle so aim to keep you answer to under 4 or 5 minutes.

Question 2) What are your strengths?

You should aim to give three attributes that you think will get you the job and give examples of how you have used these strengths in a work situation.

Question 3) What are your weaknesses?

The dreaded question, which is best handled by picking something that you have made positive steps to redress.

Question 4) Why should we hire you? or What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?

You should be able to find out what they are looking for from the job description. “I have a unique combination of strong technical skills and the ability to build long-term customer relationships”.

Question 5) What are your goals? or Where do you see yourself in five years time?

It’s best to talk about both short-term and long-term goals. Show the employer you have ambition, and that you have the determination to make the most of every job you have to get where you want to be.

Question 6) Why do you want to work here?

If you’ve prepared for the interview properly, you should have a good inside knowledge of the company’s values, mission statement, development plans and products.

Question 7) What salary are you seeking?

You can prepare for this by knowing the value of someone with your skills. Try not to give any specific numbers in the heat of the moment – it could put you in a poor position when negotiating later on.

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