Employers and interviewees were surveyed by the job posting site Indeed and found these were the most common interview questions:
Tell me about yourself.
What are your greatest strengths?
What are your weaknesses?
Why do you want this job?
Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
Tell Me About Yourself
Think of this as a mini elevator pitch or highlight real.
Practice a 30 and 60-second version.
It can be based on your values, accomplishments, or a timeline.
I am Yumi Reed, a political science graduate, a former member of the student government at Greendale Community College. I just completed a public policy internship at City Hall. I am an environmentalist and advocate for many causes and my passion in these areas will make a great fundraiser for B Corp.
What Are Your Strengths?
Create a list of your skills.
List hard skills such as knowing how to use certain software or language.
List soft skills like a strong work ethic and interpersonal/people skills
Still not sure? Try asking your friends!
I consider my leadership skills to be one of my greatest strengths. In my previous job as a manager, I was able to successfully train my team so that they were comfortable in their new roles. As a result, we were able to increase sales by 5% at the end of the first month.
What Are Your Weaknesses?
Be truthful, but don’t say anything that will impact how you work in the job position.
Show how you are working to overcome your weakness.
Organization is something I struggle with. While it never impacted my work, over time, I realized how organization can help me have a more efficient workspace. I’m constantly working on it by continuously challenging myself to organize and label my workstation .
Why Do You Want This Job?
Here are 4 easy steps to help you prepare:
Study the job posting
Research the company
Tie your background to the job posting
Quantify your accomplishments
You should hire me because I have worked on 8 similar projects in my previous role. I'm familiar with the tools your company uses, including Slack, Jira, and Clickup. I have also increased sales consistently over the last 3 quarters.
What Are Your Career Goals For The Next 5 Years?
Think About the Big Picture
What do you want your life to look like in 5 years, realistically? What's important to you?
Here are some different categories to think about:
There may be other categories that are more relevant to you.
5-year goal: Use my master's degree in psychology to bring new insights to the field of market research.
1-year goal: Find part-time work that will help me gain experience in the field.
6-month goal: Apply for a master's program in research psychology.
Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?
Don't throw past employers under the bus!
Focus on what the new role offers.
Highlight what you did to contribute in your past/current role and say what you're looking to gain in the new role.
I was promoted to team manager after 8 months and in the past year, my team surpassed the company's sales targets by 20%. I'm ready for a new challenge and this position would give me the opportunity to manage a larger team and sell products I'm passionate about.
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