Interviews can be intimidating, but the more prepared you are, the more confident you will be. Having an idea of the questions that might be asked and how you can answer them — even the ones that may seem easy — will boost your confidence and allow you to concentrate on your delivery.
We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked interview questions — and the answers that will impress your interviewer.
Tell me about yourself.
When interviewers ask you to tell them about yourself, make them glad they asked! Provide a memorable summary of who you are personally and professionally. Tell them about past work experience, but don’t just rattle off your résumé — they have that in front of them. Instead, talk about a specific moment at college or a job and how it helped you learn or grow. Additionally, they probably don’t want to know your favorite color, but they do want to know about hobbies or volunteer work you have done. Choose details that will help you stand out and demonstrate good qualities for the job you’re seeking.
What are your strengths?
Identify your relevant strengths as they apply to the job description, then let the interviewer know how those strengths would match their needs or solve their problems. Providing a few examples of times you used your strengths successfully can make your answer more memorable. Your examples can be from a job, school, or an externship, such as how you worked with a team to complete a project or related with patients you were taking care of at the hospital.
What are your weaknesses?
Interviewers ask this question for two reasons: First, to assess your self-awareness as to what needs improvement, and second, to see how well you respond to a difficult question under pressure. Select a weakness that applies to the position for which you’re interviewing, such as difficulty with delegating, and then turn it into a strength. Say how you’re working to fix it and what you’ve learned: “I’m taking baby steps to trust more and have found I can get more done if I delegate.”
Why do you want this job?
There are three parts to this question. First, demonstrate your knowledge of the company. To do this well, you must research the company before the interview, and understand as much about it as possible. Check out their website and social media. Second, discuss why you are excited about the position and committed to doing a great job. Give examples of your experiences that prove why you’re the perfect fit. And third, discuss why this role is important to your overall career success. Talk about your long-term career strategy and how you are working toward it. This will give the interviewer a sense of your ambition and drive.
How do you deal with conflict?
When working with different types of people conflict is bound to arise. Interviewers want to get a sense of how you’ll respond and are looking for someone who will be a good team player. In your response, give an example of when you were faced with conflict and the approach you took toward a positive resolution.
Do you have any questions for me?
The answer is always “Yes!” This wrap-up question at the end of the interview is your opportunity to hammer home your interest in the job by asking intelligent, relevant questions about the job. Appropriate questions pertain to job skills, prospects for growth and next steps in the hiring process. For example, ask “What would you say are the most important qualities to have for this position?”, “What opportunities are there for employees to move up in the company?”, or “What happens next in your hiring process?” Saying you don’t have any questions says you aren’t all that interested.