Top 10 Interview Questions asked in Interviews Part3

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?

Research, research, research! Don’t just use their website- look at them from different angles.

Use LinkedIn and other social media to find other people who might have worked there… ask for a pre-interview visit… read newspaper articles/ trade journals, inspection reports about them- the internet makes all this very possible.

Show the prospective employer that their company/workplace/ brand matters to you.

Some of us will remember The Apprentice Series 4 where Lee McQueen was almost able to recite Lord Sugar’s CV verbatim- he may have come across as a little obsessive- but he got the job!

It is usually unwise to say you want to work in a particular place because of the money.

Regarding the particular job, the employer is looking for evidence that this job suits you and that you suit it! That’s why it is important to use a professional resume writing service to write successful resume.

Does it fit with your experience, general skills, does it involve things you have said you enjoy, and does it fit with your longer term aspirations?

Do make sure you have a good understanding of what the role entails and how it fits within the wider organisation- again, research, research, research! .

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?

There are several perfectly acceptable reasons for wanting to leave a workplace:

They are restructuring or have been taken over by another company
I am ready for new challenges and opportunities
Practical reasons- like relocating, changing family circumstances
If you have been laid off- try and remain non-emotional- try not to panic. You will just need to think through what happened and why, and try and communicate it in the best light.

However, NEVER be negative about other people/ ex-employers… you will just come across as a whinge-bag and not able to take personal responsibility- no matter how true your grievance may be, a job interview is not the place to air it!

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.”