We all want to appear brilliant and perform excellently during the job interviews. In order to accomplish this it is essential to be thoroughly prepared so that you can give relevant responses to the questions that will be asked. There are some set of questions that are asked by almost every recruitment managers and you are expected to have the appropriate answers at your fingertips. If you have the answers you will give them promptly and without cutting a sweat. If you do not have the answers however you will be hesitant and inept which will ruin your chances of landing that job as the recruiting officer will know you were not fully prepared. The recruiting manager does not expect you to cram the exact answers but you should have a rough idea on what to say in response to a certain type of questions. Prior preparations will give a boost to your confidence level.
What can you tell us about yourself?
Most interviews will be started off by the recruiter asking the candidate to give a brief description about them. It might seem like an easy and straightforward question but one needs to evaluate what they are going to say. You need to provide the relevant data about you only such as the characteristics that make you the most ideal candidate for the job, the key skills you have, your proficiencies, qualifications and the work experience that is relevant to that particular job. Make certain that the information you provide is substantial, it is neither less nor excess.
If you are having a hard time generating the information it is always advisable to select a certain format through which you will give the information. You can decide to start with the past all the way to the present situation or the vice versa can also be effective. Avoid controversial issues like those pertaining religion and politics at all costs unless you are certain the interviewer is of a similar opinion. The largest portion of the data should be about your career and what you are bringing to the table. Giving a lot of data on issues such as interests outside work and family obligations will make the recruiter question if you will be able to give the job all your attention. Giving the recruiter a glimpse of the goals you intend to accomplish in that position will be a bonus point as it shows you are goal oriented and focused on the future of the organization.
What is your greatest strength?
Potential employers want to know exactly what you are bringing into their organization so they will always ask you about your strengths. While giving your strengths it is advisable that you name the attributes that are in line with the specific job at first and end with the least relevant. Giving the attributes that illustrate that you are more than qualified for the position will make you becoming outstanding among the other contending candidates. This can be achieved by critically evaluating all your attributes and comparing them with that job’s specific requirements before the interview. That way when the question pops you will know exactly what to say. If you have specific accomplishments that have been as a result of these strengths it is essential that you illustrate how they occurred to the interviewer. Providing concrete evidence to back up those attributes will be more effective than just naming them.
What is your greatest weakness?
It might sound absurd because no one wants to admit they have weaknesses but you can be sure that they question will pop up at some point during your interview. The best strategy one can use while answering this question is to structure the question in a positive manner round your skills and abilities. Structuring it this way will make your weaknesses appear to be more of positive attributes. For instance an individual can say that their weakness is being a perfectionist hence they worry about every single detail of the project to ensure nothing goes wrong.
Why should we hire you?
When answering this question make sure you let the prospective employer know about the specific qualifications, talents and abilities that make you qualifies for this job. It is advisable to throw modesty out of the window at this point of the interview and blow your trumpet confidently. Consider this a sales pitch where the commodity being sold is you. Let the employer know about the job requirements posted and how you fulfill or exceed all of them in order. Make a brief recap of your qualifications, relevant work experience, key skills and attributes that are relevant to the position.
What are your salary expectations?
This is a tricky question because under selling or overpricing you can result to you being eliminated. Do a thorough research of what people in that position are getting paid so that you can present a standard figure if need be.