Interviewers have a finite amount of time during the interview process in which to assess whether or not you might be a good fit for a position. Due to this time crunch, most interviewers have a standard set of questions they ask to learn as much about your background and personality as possible. Fortunately, you can prepare in advance for the most commonly asked questions. Here’s what you can expect and how you can answer to impress:
What are your short and long-term goals? Employers want to know your level of ambition and whether or not your goals fit the role. So, respond with how you’d like to help the organization in the long-term and how that aligns with your personal goals.
Why are you leaving your current position? Employers want to know if you’d be happy in the available role and whether or not you respect your current employer. So, share what you appreciate about them, keeping it positive, and what you’re looking for in the next opportunity.
What are your strengths and weaknesses? Employers want to know what you do well but also where you can improve. This is a sign of emotional intelligence, so don’t try to skirt around the question. Give a real, honest answer.
What do you like or dislike about your current role? Employers want to know that your interests align with the position. So, know the role, and never respond with negative characterizations of your employer or coworkers. Simple describe your likes and/or dislikes of the job itself.
How did you handle a situation that didn’t go as you’d hoped? Employers want to know how you solve problems and handle stress. Answer with an example of how you were able to calmly and efficiently handle a situation using your insight.
With preparation, you’ll be sure to nail your next interview.