To help combat interview jitters, preparation is key. Take time to prepare answers for these 10 questions before you walk into your next interview. Be sure each answer directly fits with the specific company and role.
1. Tell me about yourself.
Keep your answer short and to the point. You can offer a few personal details such as, “I am married with two kids;” but be sure to connect your answer to the company and position.
2. What do you know about the company?
This is your chance to shine and show your excitement about the company’s mission. Answer this question confidently by researching the company, the interviewer, and the position. Do a simple Google search. Look up your interviewer on social media.
3. What are your strengths?
This question can set you up for success or failure in your interview. It’s all about how you answer the question. Humbly present the strengths you bring to the table.
4. What are your weaknesses?
Don’t be afraid to share the area of your professional life in which you can improve. Keep it short (without sharing too many details) and avoid self-deprecation. End your answer on a positive note. For example, share your weakness, then share what you are doing to improve or overcome that challenge.
5. How will your previous experience contribute to the company, your teammates, and the mission?
Try to answer with specifics. Have a copy of your résumé, and highlight some of the main tasks from previous roles. Share stories or examples when necessary.
6. Describe a time when you exercised leadership.
The ideal answer would include a story and an example from your most recent employer.
7. Why should we hire you? Why do you want this job?
This is another important moment to focus on what you bring to the table. Make a great impression by viewing yourself as a contributor to the team, not a one-man band.
8. Tell me about a time you had conflict with someone or a decision that was made. How did you handle it?
Keep your answer short, and don’t overshare. Always end on a positive note.
9. Do you have any questions for us?
Be sure to come prepared with questions! This is your opportunity to learn as much as you can. Not only does it prepare you to make an informed decision should you get offered the job, but it shows the interviewer you are serious about this role.
10. Are you excited about this position?
This question (probably) won’t be asked in an interview, but you should answer it for yourself. Be honest and determine how interested you are for this opportunity. If you aren’t that passionate, you may want to reconsider.