Tell us a little bit about yourself?
This is almost always the first question asked in an interview question, also seemingly the hardest. It is as if you forget every detail about yourself as soon as this question is asked. Interviewers ask this to gauge the type of person you are, how you express yourself and whether you will fit in with the company culture. How to answer it? Speak about your work experience and education background, as well as why you are interested in the specific job/industry you are in. This is the time you hype yourself up. Mention 2-3 accomplishments you would want the interviewer to know.
What is your biggest weakness?
This is one of the most common questions asked in a job interview. Employers want to gauge your honesty and self-awareness. The balance here is to find something that is a workable weakness, one that isn’t actually a negative. For example, you could say you’re not great at public speaking but have committed to taking the lead in more team meetings to encourage your public speaking skills.
Why are you leaving your current job?
Basically, the interviewer is testing your loyalty. They want to see if you would badmouth your previous employers. Even if you had a completely terrible experience at your old job, you must keep your response positive and non-specific. A great way to answer this question is to frame your answer by saying that you are looking for new opportunities for growth.
What makes you different to other candidates?
This question can come in different forms. Another way that is way more straightforward is, “Why should we hire you?” the interviewer wants to know why you are the right fit over everyone else. This is the time to highlight what makes you special. You have to sell yourself. Your answer should say 2 things: that you can deliver great results; and that you fit in with the company culture.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Your potential employers want to know that you have a plan for your future, and importantly, a realistic one. Answering this also allows the interviewer to see whether your future goals align with what they can offer. Remember, employers want someone to grow with them. If what you want with your future does not fit with their culture or what they’re able to offer, they are less likely to offer you the role. You don’t need to have a step-by-step plan, but you need to have a general idea of where you would like to go. To best answer this question, plan your answer based on the job at hand.
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