Five Common Interview Questions & How to answer them

Tell me about yourself 

This is probably the most common question that the employer will ask you first. The employer wants you to feel comfortable and to talk about yourself in a professional manner. 

  • Summarize your resume 
  • What you studied at college and explain your professional goal 
  • Talk about the past experiences that helped you gain your skills 
  • Finish with what you are currently working on right now and why it is important to you
  • Keep it short and simple. 90 seconds is fine. 
What are your strengths? 

This may seem like an easy question – as you do know what you are good at right? But be careful, read the job description carefully, and make sure your answer matches up with the way they’ve described the position. 

For example, if they are looking for team players with leadership skills. You might want to talk about your communication skills and comfort with public speaking. If you are worried about being too arrogant, put the words in someone else’s mouth by telling them what people have said about you in the past. Another good tip is to use clear, measurable achievements to back up your answer. 

What are your weaknesses? 

Please do not take this opportunity to list the things that you believe you are bad at. Think of an actual weakness that isn’t an essential requirement for the job. Explain how you are aware of it and are working on improving it. This shows that you are reflective and willing to strive to get better. 

Try to turn a negative into a positive. For example, I think I’m often too hard on myself. It’s because I want to see a perfect result. It’s something I’m working on.

Why are you interested in this job/ company? 

There could be many different reasons why you are interested in the job or company. The employer wants to know that you are really interested in their industry and company. They want to see that you’ve done your research and you know about the company and the role. This not only shows that you’re interested in the role, it also speaks about your professionalism and preparation. 

Where do you see yourself in five years? 

Try to tie in a dream job – ideally one at the company that you can work towards – with your passions, interests and experience. This will show the employer that you are ambitious and looking for professional growth. 

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