Some job interviews can be fairly easy but others can be hard like a tough puzzle which has been left unsolved for months. These tough puzzles can be tough to solve because the interview questions that you’re asked in these interviews can be hard to answer as well. You may know how to answer a straightforward question, but when you don’t know what you’re dealing with, it can be difficult. Below is a guide on How to be prepared for the most common interview questions
- Do thorough research
“Tell us about yourself.”
If this is the first question you get asked, you have to be prepared for it. Interviewers love hearing other people’s life stories and the likes, but you have to focus on expressing your skills and experience. You don’t necessarily have to start with your childhood years or include every minor detail. Focus on the most relevant parts of your background instead: focus on academic achievements, previous job experience and graduated courses.
- Use the right words
“Tell us about your role in the company.”
The use of the right word makes all the difference with interview questions. Make sure you know how to answer questions like: “Why are you interested in this job?”, “Is there anything you wish to tell us?”, and “What can we expect from you?”.
- Prepare a list of responses
“What is the main reason you are interested in this position?”
When answering this question, either don’t concentrate on what you feel/think or use words like: “I think I would make a good addition to your team because…” If you can describe why you are interested in the job, the interviewer may find it easier to believe. The downside to this is that the interviewer may believe that you are “talking” without actually saying anything.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions
In a job interview, you have a right to ask any questions that you want. You will have a chance to do this either at the beginning or the end of the interview. If you think it’s appropriate to ask additional questions during an interview, then go on and ask them. Don’t be afraid of asking questions because they are a way which gives you control over your own destiny. This is especially true when you are asked: “Do you have any questions for us?”
- Know when to quit talking
“Tell us about your greatest weakness.”
You are not required to list your weaknesses in the interview. Instead, it’s more effective to give an example of when you were able to overcome your weakness. Once you’ve listed a weakness and made the point that you could overcome this weakness, you don’t need to keep talking about it. The interviewer will move on to another question regardless of how long you’ve kept talking about a certain weakness.
- Banish awkward silences
“So tell me about the last time you used your skills on the job.”
It may happen that you have a long pause after an answer because you didn’t know what to say, or now that you think of it, your answer wasn’t quite correct. You can overcome this awkwardness with small talk.
Increasing your chances to get the job you want often comes down to knowing how to answer the most common interview questions. You may know how to answer an easy question but when it comes to the tough questions, it can be difficult. The tough puzzle can be tough to solve because the interview questions that you’re asked in the interview can be hard as well. Do thorough research, use the right words and prepare a list of responses before you enter into an interview.