One of the biggest steps in securing a job is the interview. It’s how you can communicate your value as a candidate and help convince the stakeholders that you’re the best candidate for the job. That’s why preparing for an interview and thinking about how your skills apply to the role is important. While no one can predict the exact questions you might encounter on a job interview, but there are several that are common no matter what the industry or position and help hiring managers get a better understanding of your skills and experience.
Here are some of the top questions you’ll encounter on interviews and should be prepared to answer.
- Describe your experience and how it makes you a good fit for this position: This is an opportunity to relay how your past experiences will benefit the business you’re applying with. It’s particularly important to prep for this question if the role you’re interviewing for is very different than roles you’ve done in the past – how do your skills translate to new responsibilities?
- Why do you want to work for this company?: What about the company you’re applying for gets you excited? Why do you want to work for this particular company? You need to show the hiring team that you’re excited about working with that company specifically.
- Tell us about a time you dealt with challenges with a project (or coworker): Companies want to see how you’ve risen above obstacles and handled workplace difficulties.
- Tell us about a time you showed leadership (or problem-solving): Companies equally want to hear about examples you excelled and went above and beyond.
- What motivates you?: Organizations often want to know what motivations a candidate has so they can tell if they’re the right fit; someone who is motivated by challenges and personal accomplishments might be a better fit for a specific role than someone who is motivated by teamwork and collaboration.
- Why are you looking for a new role? Candidates should be able to explain why they’re looking for a new job, whether it’s to move up in their career, change industries, or relocate to a new place.
- Describe your management style (or how you like to be managed): Answering this can help businesses understand how you’ll fit with their existing team members.
- What are your career goals 1 (or 5) years down the line?: You don’t always have to say that you see yourself as a manager or CEO, but it’s helpful to be able to talk about what kind of work you want to be doing or what kind of company you want to work for.
- What questions do you have for us?: One of the best ways to show you’re genuinely interested in a position is to be ready to ask a few questions of the interviewer and get more information about the role and the company.
Are you ready to start interviewing? If you’re looking for your next role, give our team a call. Our expertise means we’re ready to help you find the right role for your experience.