Get Hired !! Secrets of getting a interview done
1. Tell me about yourself
I have not come across a single candidate who has not been asked this question in an interview, yet many of them have faltered. You don’t have to give your “life story” to the interviewer. Just give relevant facts about your education and career. While preparing for this question, tailor your answer towards the job you are being interviewed for. If you are applying for an IT hardware engineer, tell the interviewer how from an early age you have always had a love for gadgets, and provide examples about how your passion has brought you to that interview.
2. Why did you leave your last job?
For heaven’s sake, Do NOT bad mouth your ex-employer. Talk about your desire for career progression, and how the new company is the right choice for you. If you were fired from your last job, be honest. You are not the first person in the world to be fired. Be brief, and answer in a positive way, and let the interviewer know your learning experiences from that job.
3. What is your biggest strength and/or weakness?
I still don’t know why interviewer’s ask this question. Yet, they ask, so be prepared.
Strengths: Don’t give generic answers like dedicated, hard working, loyal etc. Focus on the job role, and answer accordingly. Example, an accountant’s strengths should be accounting software experience, attention to detail, number crunching skills.
Weaknesses: Don’t give cliched responses, like ” my biggest weakness is that I am a perfectionist”. Focus on a real time work related weakness, and demonstrate how you are going to fix it.
4. Why have you applied for this job?
Never say “Money”! (even if it is). Show your desire to work for the company, what interests you in the role, and how you can contribute.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Demonstrate your five years’ goals, and match those with the position you are applying for. The employer would not want to hire you, train you and then see you leave them.
6. What is your salary expectation?
Don’t give desperate answers – “whatever you guys are willing to pay, I will accept”.
Research the market value of the job, industry etc. and give a range to the interviewer. Alternatively, you can ask the interviewer about the approved salary budget for the position.
You will be bombarded with lots of other questions. Be prepared with practical examples to support your statements. Also, keep in mind the dress code, body language, grooming etc.
Some common behavioral questions:
1. Ambition – What have you done to get ahead in your career?
2. Decision making – How have you gone about making important decisions?
3. Assertiveness – What do you do when someone opposes your point of view?
4. Team orientation – Have you ever participated in a task group? What was your role? How did you contribute?
5. Team leadership – Have you ever been a project leader? How did you handle it?
6. Initiative – What changes did you develop at your most recent employer?
The list goes on…. research about interview questions, prepare yourself thoroughly, and get hired!