|I. What do you know about the company?
- Start by showing that you understand the goals of the company.
- Then go on to say something personal.
- You can talk about why you were drawn to the mission or why you believe in their approach with personal examples from prior jobs or volunteer experiences
|II. Why do you want this job?
- Companies want to hire people who are passionate about this position, so you should have reasons for wanting the job.
- First, bring up a couple of factors that makes the role a great fit for you and then share why you love the company.
- Examples of possible answers include:
- I like to interact with people and help them, which is why I would love to join the Customer Service Department.
- I think your company is doing great things, and I would love to be a part it.
|III. Why should we hire you?
If you are asked this question, then you are in luck. There is no better setup for you to sell yourself and your skills to the interviewers. Your answer should include:
- You can do the work and deliver great results
- You will fit in perfectly with the team and work culture
|IV. What are your strengths?
- Share your true strengths which suit the position you are seeking.
- Share an example of how you have demonstrated these skills in a professional setting, your past successes and achievements.
|V. What are your weaknesses?
The interviewer is checking your self-awareness.
- Identify something that you struggle with but that you are working to improve.
- For example, maybe you have never been good at public speaking but you have stepped out of your comfort zone and volunteered to run presentations, which has helped when addressing a crowd.
- Frame your answer in a positive way.
- DO NOT Say something cheesy – do not give a generic answer like in a Google search. You need to appear honest.
- Tell the Truth – but frame in a positive way. For example:
- Do not say: “I am terrible at follow up.” – No one will want to hire you as you will be seen as irresponsible.
- You CAN say: “I often say “Yes” and may end up taking too many projects.”- You may come across as a hard worker.
- Spin your answer positively. It is important that while sharing your answer, you show you can take feedback and learn.
- For example, if your biggest weakness is that you are very detailed oriented, so that sometimes you have trouble looking at the big picture. You can easily spin this into a positive.
- You can say you researched how to look at things in the big picture and now, after recognizing this, you always look towards the next steps.
|VI. What is your greatest achievement?
There is no better way to impress a hiring manager than talk about a track record of achieving great results in past jobs.
- Set up the situation that you were given to complete,
- Describe what you did and what you achieved.
|VII. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Be honest about your future goals, but keep in mind that a hiring manager wants to know if you have set realistic expectations for your career.
- Share your thoughts on what you would love to see the company achieve.
- Show how your interests would contribute to the job.
|VIII. What do you like to do outside of work?
Interviewers ask personal questions to see if candidates will fit in with the culture at the company.
- If someone asks about your hobbies outside of work, you can open up and share what you enjoy doing
- Keep it professional, hiring managers do not need to know everything.
|X. Do you have any questions for us?
||A job interview is not only for hiring managers to grill you; it is also an opportunity for you to figure out if the job is the right fit for you. What do you want to know about the position? For example, what is your favourite
part about working here?
|XI. Special Circumstances
||If you are a recent graduate or a career changer and do not have any experience directly related to the role, you can talk about transferrable skills and training (e.g. interpersonal, organizational, leadership skills, etc.)