Top 10 Interview Questions asked in Interviews Part2

    What are your strengths?

a) Don’t be concerned about modesty… go for it…

b) Avoid saying what you think the interviewer wants to hear e.g. good team player, conscientious…

c) Consider your strengths in the light of the job you are applying for- do they fit at all- or could you get a better fit.

Have prepared 3 or 4 strengths- and think through specific examples to go with each of them- just in case the interviewer probes a little deeper! Remember- being different can be a good thing.

A dictionary is a good starting point to get your creative thinking started.

 What are your weaknesses?

We can’t avoid weaknesses, but equally don’t be so honest that you talk yourself out of the job! Getting the right balance can be tricky- if you say you don’t have any, you run the risk of being perceived as arrogant- if not deluded!

If you turn the interview into a confessional they may run a mile.

You will need to decide for yourself your personal boundary and make sure that you do not cross over it.

Make sure you only mention one weakness and preferably one that is not essential to the job!

The perceived wisdom is to share a weakness that could also be interpreted as a positive. For example:

Overly meticulous

Intolerant of incompetence
However, experienced interviewers will have heard this kind of thing before. Only say you are a perfectionist- if you really are.

Make sure you are aware of the impact of your weaknesses on others around you- and outline any steps you have taken to improve your weakness.

An example could be “I know my team think I’m too demanding at times- I realise I do tend to work them very hard- but I am getting better at rewarding their efforts and focussing on the positives as well.”

Top 10 Interview Questions asked in Interviews Part1

These are common questions asked in interviews. Read on to see successful answers and responses

1) Questions about YOURSELF. “Tell me about yourself or Why should we hire you?

2) What are your strengths?

3) What are your weaknesses?

4) Questions about the new company. Why do you want to work here? What do you know about us? Or more specifically, why have you applied for this particular job?

5) Why did you leave your last job? Or Why do you want to leave your current job? Or How did you lose your last job?

6) The Case Study Scenario Question- describe a successful or difficult work situation and tell us how you managed or worked through it.

7) Questions pertinent to the new role- these may be more technical- depending on the type of job you are applying for- are you aware of legislation changes or the latest research. Have there been significant changes in your industry recently?

8) What are your goals for the future? Where do you see yourself in 3-5 years time?

9) How do you handle stress and pressure?

10) Be prepared to ask your prospective employer questions.

1) Questions about YOURSELF. “Tell me about yourself or Why should we hire you?”

Be Specific- Be Unique- Be You!

At this point the interviewer does not want your life- story or to know your favourite toy when you were at school- as interesting as that may be…

They are looking to get the essence of who you are.

Think through your Unique Selling Point-a 30 second commercial summarising who you are in a couple of sentences and what you can offer.

What makes you different to the other 4 candidates?

For example, “I am an experienced and qualified childcare assistant who has worked in a number of environments in different parts of the UK.

I have taken responsibility for curriculum planning which has enabled previous managers to concentrate on other priorities.”

In two sentences you have shown yourself to be experienced, qualified, flexible, able to relate to different people groups, responsible, dependable and an asset- not bad for 39 words!

Personal details aren’t a complete no-no: but think through the reason for sharing them… they need to say something about you that are relevant to the job.

For example.

“I enjoy walking my dog in the forest”- isn’t particularly enthralling…

but if this becomes, “I regularly take part in 5km sponsored dog walks to raise money for Diabetes UK…”

this could be relevant to your potential new role- industrious, caring, creative, active, empathic…

it’s all about standing out in the crowd. However, don’t talk too much- short and sweet does it!