The interview process can often be a long and tedious one. Hiring managers and recruiters are sifting through hundreds of resumés day in and day out. Your job interview is the first and only chance to make a positive impression on your potential employer. Many candidates do not know what they should say about themselves, what questions are the right ones to ask, and what not to say. Interviews can be challenging and intimidating! Our team of recruiters huddled up to come up with a list of the top questions you need to ask yourself as you prep for your big interview. Here are the top 10 questions we think will help you most as you prepare to rock your interview:
1. What knowledge do you have about the company and their mission?
Do your research. There is nothing worse than when a candidate comes in for an interview and has no idea what the company does and more specifically, how the role they applied for is important to the company as a whole. You want to express your knowledge and your interest in their mission—this demonstrates them that you took the initiative to learn as much as possible about your future employer.
2. Why did you apply for this specific job with this specific company?
Let your passion for the job show. Be honest and authentic when asked why you chose to apply for the job. Make sure they know why their company rose above others for you in your job search.
3. What do you have to offer?
Why should they choose you to come work for their company? How are you different from the other candidates and how will hiring you improve the company? Be prepared to offer more information about yourself than just why you fit the job description. It is important to dig deep about who you are and why you would bring value to their team.
4. What are your career goals?
Don’t be afraid to articulate your career goals and future aspirations. Clearly communicate how this job would be a perfect fit for helping you reach specific career objectives. Companies do not expect you to stay with them for the rest of your life. Outlining your career path and goals lets your potential employer know you are serious about the job and you have a strong work ethic.
5. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
No interview is complete without the most frequently asked questions of all time – what are your strengths and weaknesses? Most candidates dread these questions because they really force you to dig deep into your soul to come up with a truthful and “rose colored” portrayal of your best self, the key to acing these questions is to be an open book. Give concrete examples of your strengths – how your best qualities help you achieve great results. Being able to admit areas that you have room for improvement will go a long way and will show your interviewer that you are willing to grow and change. Think of strengths that would help you along in the specific role and how that would come into play for the company.
6. What has been your biggest accomplishment?
This gives the hiring manager insight into what matters to you. Why was this such an accomplishment? Did you have to overcome something and work for this accomplishment? This gives them a good idea of what is important to you and how resourceful you are in charting a course to achieve a specific goal. Your answer to this question will also give them a good idea as to how you will fit in the company.
7. Why should we give you the job?
Again, if you have ever been in any sort of interview, you have probably been asked this question. What are your key points of differentiation that make you the most qualified candidate? How will you strengthen the existing team and bring a new level of performance to the role? Remember to showcase how passionate you are about the job and how this will positively impact the company’s performance.
Lastly, use the final part of the interview to address any remaining questions that you may have or any concerns that they may have.
The interview process can be a stressful and challenging experience. As you begin your job search, learn as much as you can about interviewing: Video interviews, panel interviews, one-on-one interviews. Companies today use a variety of interview styles depending on the role they are hiring. Keep an interview file or a journal to capture interview experiences, use this as you prepare for your interviews and internalize the questions we’ve provided in this article Using these tips will help amp up your interview game and get you on a path to signing a job offer letter. Good luck with your next interview!