6 Most Common Interview Questions

by Heat Recruitment
1.“CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF.”

What the hiring manager is really asking…

“How your experience and aspirations relate to this job?”

How to respond:

Select key work and education information that shows the hiring manager why you are a perfect fit for the job and for the company.

2.“WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN FIVE YEARS?”

What the hiring manager is really asking…

“Does this position fit into your long-term career goals? Do you even have long-term career goals?”

How to respond:

Do NOT say you don’t know (even if you don’t)!

And do not focus on your personal life.

Show the employer you’ve thought about your career path and that your goals match with the job you are interviewing for.

3.“WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?”

What the hiring manager is really asking…

“Are you self-aware?”

How to respond:

Do NOT say you don’t have one or the great cliché of “I am a perfectionist and work too hard”

The best way to answer is with honest feedback that you received in the past that you have improved upon. For example, maybe a former employer told you that you needed to work on your presentation skills. – Explain that you have been made aware of the weakness and you have consciously improved on this.

Also – avoid the deal breakers: “I don’t work well with others” OR “I’m often late”.  

 4. “WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO PERFORM?”

What the hiring manager is really asking…

“Are you a hard worker?”

How to respond:

The perfect employee is motivated internally and motivates themselves.  Tell the hiring manager that you are motivated when working toward a goal.

“I love building a leading team: sharing the vision, establishing goals, training the team, and watching the results.”

Provide a specific example that supports your response.

5. “TELL ME ABOUT A TIME THAT YOU FAILED.”

What the hiring manager is really asking…

“How do you respond to failure? Do you learn from your mistakes? Are you resilient?”

How to respond:

Alike the “greatest weakness” question, it is put in to allow the employer to understand you.  Demonstrate how you’ve turned a negative experience into a learning experience and taken something positive out the situation.

6. “WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK HERE?”

What the hiring manager is really asking…

“Are you genuinely interested in the job?”

How to respond:

Here you need to highlight why you and the company are the perfect match. Not just technically but ethically.

This is your chance to show the preparation you have done prior to the interview. Discuss what you have learnt about them.  Not just how many people work there, but their mission statement, culture and reputation. Align yourself with these.

 

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