To help you prepare we’ve put together some questions with answers covering what you’ll typically discuss at a job interview: Your strenghts, personality, experience and why you want the job, of course:
Tell Me About Yourself?
In order to answer this job interview question effectively, you must be succinct, confident, but not overtly conceited. The answer should be longer than 1 minute but shorter than 3 minutes. Beyond a few minutes, you are just going to lose their attention. To answer this question, talk a little about where you grew up, your education, and any relevant work experience you have. Be sure to concentrate a lot of your time on your career.
Why Do You Want to Work Here?
Interviewers often ask this question as a way to determine whether or not you took the time to research the company and to learn why you see yourself as a good fit. The best way to prepare for this question is to do your homework and learn about the products, services, mission, history and culture of this workplace. In your answer, mention the aspects of the company that appeals to you and align with your career goals. Explain why you’re looking for these things in an employer.
What Do You Know About this Organization?
Before going to the interview, always do your homework on the company, and if possible, the people interviewing you. The more in depth you can go into detail about the company, the more they will be impressed. To answer this question, you can go into when the company was formed, who the leaders are and what they have accomplished, and what specific customer segments the company caters to. For bonus points, you can talk about the company’s financials.
What Are You Passionate About?
Much like the previous question about motivation, employers might ask what you are passionate about to better understand what drives you and what you care most deeply about. This can both help them understand whether you are a good fit for the role and if it fits into your larger goals. To answer, select something you are genuinely passionate about, explain why you’re passionate about it, give examples of how you’ve pursued this passion and relate it to the job.
What is Your Greatest Strength?
This interview question will usually go along with the question above. Answer with a positive trait of yours and give a specific example of how that strength was showcased in a work setting. Like the question above, you should pick a strength that can be adapted to the job. For instance, if you are an tax accountant, then being “detailed and thorough” may be a strength that want to talk about.
How Do You Define Success?
Your answer to this question will most likely vary depending on where you are in your career, but at any stage, how you define success influences goals and how you measure them. Employers ask this to help them understand what kind of employee you’ll be. A good answer will show that you know how to define and measure goals and you’re willing to challenge yourself and work hard to meet them.
- Much like preparing for a test in school, the best way to succeed in your interview is to study and practice. Research the company and the job, and practice your talking points until you feel confident about your answers. The more you prepare, the more likely you are to leave a lasting impression and outperform fellow candidates.