1. Tell me about yourself.
Try to give an overview of:
- Where are you in your career.
- What you are good at.
- What you are interested in.
- What your current work experience is.
- What your plans and goals are for your future.
- Stay away from personal life experiences, like stories about your family, hobbies, and childhood unless it adds value and will help the employer understand you better.
2. What are your strengths?
Think about what qualities you have that will help you to do the job well. For example, if the job requirement is to work well in a team, you can say that you are adaptable and can get along with people easily.
3. What are your weaknesses?
Focus on professional rather than personal qualities. Don’t talk about a weakness that could put you at a disadvantage for the job. For example, don’t say you are shy if you are interviewing for a sales assistant job, which requires a confident, outgoing personality. Talk about how you plan on improving this weakness.
4. Why should we hire you and not someone else?
Tell them what makes you different and what you can do for the company.
5. Why do you want to work here?
This question is your opportunity to show that you have done research about the company and how your interests, skills, values, or passion match the employer's values, mission or goal. You will find this information in the About section on the company’s website. Talk about what you want to learn from the job or work experience opportunity to develop your skills and knowledge.
6. Where do you see yourself in the next 3 or 5 years? (long-term goals)
The employer wants to know what your plans are and how this job will help you achieve your goals. Show that you are interested in developing your skills and knowledge and you are willing to learn.
7. Do you have any questions?
Yes. You should always prepare questions to ask. Find out more about what questions to ask in the next article.
Next Step: Prepare some questions to ask in your interview.