Job interviews can be difficult and frustrating to prepare for. They are nerve-wracking, intimidating, and sometimes downright scary. It’s hard to walk into an interview knowing that the person who will be interviewing you will be judging your very move from the moment you walk in—the clothes you are wearing, the things you are saying, and even your body language. It can be a pretty nerve-wracking experience that makes some people sick to their stomachs. Because interviews can make some people so anxious, it can be easy for an interviewee to get flustered during questions and stumble upon words. If you’ve ever experienced this in an interview, then you can probably relate. It’s a defeating and frustrating feeling.
This is why it is extremely important to always practice for interviews at home before going into an actual interview. This can help you prepare what you are going to say, help you crease out any questions you find you have trouble answering sometimes and avoid mistakes that often occur during interviews.
There are many common questions that most interviewers ask when interviewing candidates for positions. This is a great advantage to people who often let their nerves get the best of them during interviews.
One of the most important things to remember about answering interview questions is that you should keep them brief and stick to the point. Some people have the tendency to talk too much during interviews, which can often result in a long answer which has strayed away from the main focus of the interview question. Be brief, concise, and articulate. This will show the person who is interviewing you that you are calm under pressure and that you can handle stress. If you are in an interview and start to stumble on a difficult question, remain calm and give yourself a moment before answering. And, most importantly, always remember to be yourself and do your best to show that you are the best candidate for the position.
Here are the top 10 job interview questions you should be practicing at home before your interview.
1. Tell me about yourself.
This is the first question every interviewer will ask a candidate. It is extremely likely that you will face this question in any type of interview for any industry or job role, which is why you should prepare for it. Tell the interviewer about your education, qualifications, attributes, skills, and previous experience.
2. Tell me about a time you had to face a difficult situation, and how did you face it?
Select a difficult situation you have encountered at work in the past which can be explained fairly quickly. Tell the interviewer what the problem was, what the challenges were, and how you faced it. End the answer on a positive note about how you faced the difficult challenge, whether the situation was resolved or not.
3. What are your strengths?
This is where you can finally show off your skills. List off a few of your best skills (always prepare examples in case they ask) and how you have used these skills in your past work experiences.
4. What is your greatest weakness?
This is another very common question that interviewers ask, and many people stumble when answering it. Do not answer this question by saying you don’t have any weaknesses.
Try answering this question with an explanation about something you have had trouble with in the past. Then explain how you have tried to overcome that weakness in the past by doing something involving the weakness which took you outside of your comfort zone, and how that helped you get past it.
5. Why do you want to work for us?
Show the interviewer that you’ve given some thought to applying for this job and have taken an actual interest in working for the company. Do your research about the company beforehand and explain what you like about the company, their mission, and why it is high on your list of options for potential employers.
6. Why are you leaving (or did you leave) your current job?
If you lost your job, explain why you lost it—in a positive way. If you currently have a job, explain why you want to leave for a different opportunity. Explain that you want more experience elsewhere or want to join a company that will further help you in your career.
7. Why should we hire you?
Be confident and concise with your response. Tell the interviewer why you should get the job. Go over your qualifications, experience, and skills and be clear about what you can bring to the role.
8. What are your goals for the future?
Focus your answer on something that relates to the company and how these goals align with your long-term life goals.
9. How do you handle stress?
Tell the interviewer how you deal with difficult situations and how you handle them. Finish your answer off with an example of how you successfully handled a stressful situation in a job setting.
10. What are your salary expectations?
Finally, it is extremely likely that your interviewer will ask you what your salary expectations are. This is where you can show the employer how much you think your experience and skills are worth. Be sure to prepare for this question by researching the average salary range for the position, and always be willing to negotiate.
Interviews are extremely nerve-wracking and stressful. This is why it is absolutely crucial to be prepared for one. This will help you avoid making mistakes or getting flustered when asked a specific question. Being prepared will show the interviewer that you're confident and concise and that you can handle stressful situations with ease.
You will have a leg up on your competition by being prepared for an interview. Practice these 10 interview questions at home before going in for your next big interview and you will come out of it satisfied and confident that you did a good job.