You did it! You got the job interview of your dreams. Now, you have to be prepared to ace this interview with flying colors, right? Just like brushing up for a quiz in school, you can brush up your interviewing skills before the big day–even plan how you’ll answer certain questions that are likely to come up.
Of course, companies will have different approaches to the interview process. But nine times out of 10, you can count on some form of the following questions. Consider this your interview cheat sheet.
Tell Me About Yourself.
OK, so this is more of a statement than a question. But it’s bound to come up in some form or fashion, and you need to be prepared to give your spiel. Remember to keep your answers from being too long-winded; your interviewer has no interest in knowing about your last relationship, your shoe size, or anything personal. Think of this portion as a “sales pitch” about yourself and use it to declare why your skill set will match the needs at their firm.
You’ll want to know a little bit about the company before tackling the interview anyway (and the Internet makes it easy these days), so pairing your skills with the company’s daily tasks is essential.
Why Should We Hire You?
This is basically the chance to emphasize your ideas for the company’s benefit — to a greater extent than your interviewer might expect. You’d be surprised to know how many people venture to job interviews without a clue of what the proposed position entails or what they’ll actually bring to the company.
Don’t come in asking for a favor; show up with the attitude that your skills will help them. For this question, feel free to share your ideas about the company’s future — your vision, essentially, of how you’ll rock the position once you have it.
What Are Your Weaknesses?
This is everyone’s least favorite question, and it can feel like a trap if you aren’t sure what to say. Keep this in mind: your interviewer is actually looking for your ability to cleverly reply without throwing yourself under the bus.