How to Answer 6 tough Most Common job Interview Questions

Job interview questions are design to challenge job candidates and make them think fast.

1. Can you tell me about yourself?

How to Answer:

Throughout your answer, please focus on the experiences and skills that are going to be most relevant for the human resource manager when they’re thinking about this particular position and this company. And ultimately, don’t be afraid to relax a little bit, tell stories and anecdotes—the hiring manager already has your resume, so they also want to know a little more about you.

try a concise, enthusiastic response that summarizes your big-picture fit for the job. This is also a good opportunity to share some information about your proudest achievements and goals.

You need an elevator pitch for yourself as a job candidate — and it should be customized for different opportunities. You must keep it focused and short, ideally less than a minute, and no more than 2 minutes.

“”I have been in the financial industry for the past three years. My most recent experience has been handling financial statement in the entertainment industry. One reason I particularly enjoy this business, and the challenges that go along with it, is the opportunity to handle our top performing client,connect with people. In my last job, I formed some significant customer relationships resulting in a 30 percent increase in sales in a matter of months.”

“I have spent the last six years developing my skills as a customer service manager for Megacompany Inc., where I have won several performance awards and been promoted twice. I love managing teams and solving customer problems.”

“Although I love my current role, I feel I’m now ready for a more challenging assignment and this position really excites me.”

2. Where do you see yourself in five years?

How to Answer:

You can share how you’ve been a mentor to others and led projects with little to no supervision. That should indicate you have leadership potential.

The interviewer wants to understand more about your career goals and how this position would fit into your grand plan. They care about your career goals because they want to hire someone who is motivated, proactive, and likely to stick around and work hard if hired.

“In five years, I’d love to be right here, hopefully having transitioned into a strategic role. But I understand this company is very deliberate in the way it develops employees, so if my moving into strategy happens in five years or if it takes longer, I’m still incredibly excited to be a part of this organization and its mission.”

“My goal right now is to find a position at a company where I can grow and take on new challenges over time. Ultimately, I’d like to assume more management responsibilities and get involved in product strategy. But most importantly, I want to work for an organization where I can build a career.”

3 What is your greatest strength?

How to Answer:

Make a list of your skills that match those listed. This list can include education or training, soft skills, hard skills, or past work experiences. Narrow your list of skills down to 3 – 5 particularly strong skills.

I have an extremely strong work ethic. When I’m working on a project, I don’t want just to meet deadlines. Rather, I prefer to complete the project well ahead of schedule. Last year, I even earned a bonus for completing my three most recent reports one week ahead of time.

I am a skilled Customer rep with over 5 years of experience. I have exceeded my customer relation every quarter and I’ve earned a bonus each year since I started with my current employer.

4 What is your greatest weakness?

How to Answer:

Though the question is about weaknesses, your answer should always be framed around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee.

Analyze the key skills and strengths required for the position you are interviewing for and then come up with an honest shortcoming which is not essential for success in that job.

Turn a negative into a positive. For example, a sense of urgency to get projects completed or wanting to triple-check every item in a spreadsheet can be turned into a strength, i.e., you are a candidate who will make sure that the project is done on time and your work will be close to perfect.

5. Why should we hire you?

How to Answer:

Think of yourself as the product. Why should the customer buy?

Answer to this question is, “Because I’m a good fit for the position.” Getting warmer, but more details, please.

Sharon answers, “I have what it takes to solve problems and do the job.” This is the best answer so far. Expand on this, and you’ve got it.

look at the job description or posting. What is the employer stressing as requirements of the job? What will it take to get the job done? Make a list of those requirements.

Next, do an inventory to determine what you have to offer as a fit for those requirements. Think of two or three key qualities you have to offer that match those the employer is seeking. Don’t underestimate personal traits that make you unique; your energy, personality type, working style and people skills are all very relevant to any job.

6 Why are you leaving your current job?

How to Answer:

I’d really love to be part of product development from beginning to end, and I know I’d have that opportunity here.” And if you were let go? Keep it simple: “Unfortunately, I was let go,”

I’m looking for a bigger challenge and to grow my career, but didn’t feel like I could give equal attention both to my job search and to my full-time work responsibilities. It didn’t seem ethical to slack off from my former job in order to conduct my job search, and so I left the company.

This position seemed like an excellent match for my skills and experience, which I am not able to fully utilize in my present job.

 

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