December 19, 2019

Seven Questions Guaranteed To Be In Your Next Interview

by Scott Thompson

While there are a lot of new age techniques companies use in the hiring process, some tried and true traditional methods stay the same. Remembering the basics ensures a successful start to your interview process.

1. Tell Me About Yourself

Picture a “Meet the Team” section on a website with your picture on it. In two paragraphs (or 60 seconds) how would you describe who you are?

2. What is your greatest strength?

Have you ever taken a personality profile test?  Employers what to know where you excel. These answers can be task oriented or soft skills like teamwork, collaboration and work ethic.

3. What is your greatest weakness?

The average person has 3-4 blind spots which are weaknesses everyone else can see but the person themselves cannot.  Self-awareness is the key to answering this question. Maybe it’s even a blind spot you once had but now recognize and try to improve.  For example, Monday mornings are tough but you’re working through them!

4. Why did you leave or do you want to leave your current job?

The root of this question is job history. Why do you change jobs? Have you changed a lot of them? Companies are looking for sound and reasonable decision making. You might not even be in a formal job search but still interviewing for this position. That’s okay. Just explain your thought process that had led you to this moment.

5. What are your salary expectations?

Pay equity laws being what they are today may prevent companies from asking What do you currently make? but they still need a baseline so they will phrase the question as What are your compensation expectations?  Embrace what you want without shooting for the moon. A good way to judge your answer is to ask for the company’s salary range on the job opening before you come in for the interview.

6. Describe a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.

Conflict resolution is a part of professional maturity. We’ve all run into situations with difficult bosses, coworkers or clients. The company can surely relate to these examples. How you prepare for the question and handled the situation shows if you are ready to work in their team.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Next to compensation, career progression is the biggest factor that leads people to change jobs. All of the questions that have come before (job changes, strengths and work environment) lead up to this answer.  What do you want?  How can you get it?  How fast do you want it to come?


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