Questions to Prepare for a Job Interview
Title: Questions to Prepare Yourself for a Job Interview
By: Katrina Pinili
We’ve all experienced the unbearable anxiety that comes with preparing for job interviews. What-if’s bombard your mind, creating overly dramatic scenarios that could happen during an interview. It is always best to prepare a couple of answers to questions that you may be asked during an interview; you don’t want to find yourself stuck in a rut after being asked a simple question just because of nerves. In this article, I will provide some common questions you could prepare yourself with before going into an interview.
Still being in my 20’s and a fledgling in how job interviews work, I didn’t know any better and continued to dive into interviews without preparing beforehand. I thought I knew myself pretty well, up until heading inside for an interview;. I found myself thinking way too long after being asked a question during an interview, and I tend to kick myself over it. Simple questions such as “what are your strengths and weaknesses?” have left me staring into the abyss, trying to find the right words to answer the question. Not 3 seconds later and I was frozen– my mind quickly shifted from the question to thinking about how stressed I was at that moment. The common problem when you’re not prepared for such a simple question is that you don’t want to say something that might ruin your chances of getting the position. To avoid this, the best and safest thing to do is to have common interview questions prepared beforehand, as well as practiced answers to those questions.
If you’re preparing for an interview, write these questions down and practice answering them yourself!
1. Why Do You Want This Position?
This is the most important and common question that interviewers ask. Think about why this position interests you— does this stem from interests that are related to your future career path? What do you hope to get out of this position? It is important to explain how this position might help you in the future. For me, I would ask myself: “What drew me into applying for this position?”. Although this question is very simple, sometimes I get stuck and I am unable to give an exceptional answer that truly “wow”s the interviewer. It is important to not leave this simple question behind and answer it on the spot.
2. How Do You Feel About _____?
Depending on what the job is related to, the interviewer might ask how you feel about a major aspect of their company or the position you are applying to. Answer honestly, but do not add anything that might decrease your chances of getting the job. This question will let the interviewer know if you understand the position and the company’s values.
3. What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?
This is another important and common question that an interviewer can ask you. You should already have some personal strengths and weaknesses in mind before they ask. For weaknesses, in my experience, I state what they are and end with how I’m trying to improve this weakness. This shows the interviewer that you are working on your weaknesses.
For strengths, I found it to be advantageous to state your strengths and apply it to the position. For example, if one of your strengths is being observant, you could explain how this trait can help in performing the required duties of the position. Explaining how your traits may aid in your performance can show the interviewer how fit you are for the desired position.
4. What Qualities Do You Possess That Make You The Best Fit for the Position?
This question really proves to the interviewer what you’re truly made of. In other words, what can you offer to the table? When interviewers ask this question, they are ultimately looking at what skills and qualities you have that will make you the best candidate for their company.
Practicing The Interview Questions
Once you’ve written down these common interview questions, along with some of your own, it’s not a bad idea to practice answering them out loud. Make sure you don’t memorize your answers word-for-word; you want to avoid sounding like a robot! What I have found to be helpful is to answer the questions in bullet points, not full paragraphs. Use each bullet point as stepping stones to explain your answer. Try to come up with transitions in order for your answer to flow in between each point. Practicing these interview questions by this method will help your answers sound more natural and uninterrupted.
Although these are all simple questions to expect during an interview, it is best to not leave your answers floating in the air; nerves and anxiety might get to you, leaving you feeling frustrated and unsatisfied. These important interview questions are a great way to prepare yourself before being interviewed. It doesn’t hurt to practice these essential interview questions until the answers come naturally to you. If you have an upcoming job interview, prepare yourself with these simple interview questions and remember to take a deep breath; you got this!