How to Answer Common Job Interview Questions: Top Tips to help you ace your next interview! 

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Job interviews can be nerve-wracking, but they are also the perfect opportunity to showcase your skills and experience to potential employers. One simple way to effectively prepare for your next interview is to practice answering common interview questions, so you’re never caught out. Here are some tips for answering common job interview questions:

Research

  • Firstly, do your research. Before your interview, take some time to research the company and the position you are interviewing for. This will help you to tailor your answers to the specific needs of the employer.
  • Be yourself. Don’t try to be someone you’re not during your interview. The interviewer wants to get to know the real you. Plus, you only want a job where your authentic self is a good fit.
  • Be positive and enthusiastic. Show the interviewer that you are excited about the opportunity.
  • Be concise and to the point. Don’t ramble or go off on tangents.
  • Be honest. Never lie or exaggerate your experience.

 

Common interview questions and answers

Once you’ve done some research, here are some common interview questions we’ve put together for you to test out along with tips on how to answer them.

Question: Tell me about yourself.

Answer: Start with a brief overview of your work experience and skills. Then, highlight a specific accomplishment that demonstrates your ability to do the job you are interviewing for. Show off the company research that you conducted and align your personal values with the values of a company. But remember, keep it short and to the point – if you start to waffle, you might lose the impact of what you’re saying.

Question: Why are you interested in this position?

Answer: This question is designed to assess your level of interest in the job and the company. Explain why you are interested in the position and the company. Be specific and mention something that you learned about the company during your research. Highlight your skills and experience that are relevant to the position and explain how you can contribute to the company’s success.

Question: What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Answer: Be honest about your strengths and weaknesses. For your strengths, choose a few that are relevant to the job you are interviewing for. When referring to a weakness, choose something that is not essential to the job and finish your response with what improvement measures you’ve taken, or are taking, to end on a positive note.

Question: What are your salary expectations?

This question is designed to get an idea of your salary expectations and whether they are in line with the company’s budget. Do your research and have a range in mind. Be prepared to justify your salary expectations based on your experience and qualifications. But also, don’t be afraid to ask what the salary band is for the role, and align your answer based on the response.

Question: Do you have any questions?

Answer: Always have a few questions prepared for the interviewer. This shows that you are interested in the position and have done your research. Aim to always ask open-ended questions, and not questions that can be answered with a “yes” or “no” to get best out of the opportunity.

Example questions to ask

What are the biggest challenges facing the company right now?

What are your expectations for the person in this position?

What are the opportunities for growth and advancement in this role?

Do you have any concerns in my ability to do this role?

What can I do to show you I am the right person for this position?

 

By following these top tips for your job interview and practicing answering common job interview questions, you can increase your chances of acing your next interview. Remember, you are also ‘interviewing’ the employer. It is important to gauge whether the company aligns with your values and if you see yourself working there. Try writing down a few things you are really interested in seeing from a potential employer, then you can form an opinion of the company during your interview. Try to relax, be yourself, and show the interviewer why you are the best person for the job.