Congrats, bro. You got the interview, now you’re flossing and dabbing around the room singing …
‘Because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like a room without a roof, because I’m happy, clap along if you feel like happiness is the …’ Midway between your fifth and sixth clap, the nerves set in and a family of butterflies take residence in your tummy.
Don’t worry through, we got ya back. We have rounded up some boss-level tips to nail those job interview questions, and by the end of this you will have Kanye-level confidence in yourself.
‘So, tell me about yourself …’
Tell the interviewer about:
- What you are good at.
- What you are interested in.
- What your current work experience is.
- What your plans and goals are.
Stay away from personal life experiences, like stories about your family, hobbies and childhood unless it adds value and will help the employer understand you better.
‘Hmmm, what are your strengths?’
Think about what qualities you have that will help you to do the job well. For example, if the job requirement is to work well in a team, you can say that you are adaptable and can get along with people easily.
‘I see, I see. So, what are your weaknesses?’
Focus on professional rather than personal qualities. Don’t talk about a weakness that could put you at a disadvantage for the job. For example, don’t say you are shy if you are interviewing for a sales assistant job, which requires a confident, outgoing personality. Pro tip: Rather frame a strength as a weakness. Something like: 'I struggle handing work over to others'. What you're actually saying is I'm a hard worker and take ownership of my projects. Sneak level 100.
‘Tell us, why should we hire you?’
Tell them how your skills and personality make you the best fit for the specific role, and the company culture.
‘Obviously our company is super-awesome, but why do you want to work here?’
This question is your opportunity to show that you have done research about the company and how your interests, skills, values or passion match the employer’s values, mission or goal. You will find this information in the ‘About’ section on the company’s website. Talk about what you want to learn from the job or work experience opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge.
‘Plans, plans, plans … where do you see yourself in five years?’
The employer wants to know what your plans are and how this job will help you achieve your goals. Show that you are interested in developing your skills and knowledge and you are willing to learn.
You got this, boo. You got this,
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