By Kathryn Wheeler in the JDJournal
Interviews are often a stressful event, not only because you have to talk about yourself in the best light possible, but you also tend to have a lot of hopes pinned on doing well and getting the job. Being well prepared beforehand can keep you from awkward silences and help you focus on creating a positive impression of yourself on your interviewer.
Here are five common questions that you should always be prepared to answer:
- Tell me about yourself. Everyone hates this question, but it’s important to be able to describe your career history, goals and what you’re currently looking to do in a short 30-60 second elevator pitch. Always have one prepared, even when you’re not interviewing.
- Why are you interested in this job? Whenever talking about your future at their organization, don’t just talk about how they can benefit you and your career. Talk about how you can benefit them and ideas you have for the position and future of their company. They want to know that you’ve done your research and you’re invested in the opportunity.
- Tell me about a problem you faced at work and how you handled it. Giving concrete examples of not only your technical skills but your communicative and problem solving skills as well is key to demonstrating your ability to handle difficult situations.
- How would your boss and coworkers describe you? This is a perfect opportunity to brag about yourself through someone else’s words. Describe something your boss has said about you and why. Include a story that demonstrates these characteristics.
- Do you have any questions for me? Every type of interview I’ve ever been on has ended in this question. You should always expect it and have several questions prepared. Not having questions for your interviewer at the end may makes you look like you aren’t truly invested in the opportunity and are not thinking about the future potential of their organization and your time there.