When it comes to the job search process, the interview is often the most nerve-wracking part. The good news is that the more you prepare ahead of time, the more confidence you’ll have walking into your next meeting with a hiring manager. And the team at Future Force is here to help. You can get ready and nail your next interview by preparing for these six common questions:
#1: Why do you want to work here?
When you’re answering this question, it’s important to get specific. To do that, you’ll need to do your research ahead of time so you can learn about the company and its culture. You’ll then be able to identify aspects of it that are most appealing to you and talk about them in an intelligent way to the hiring manager.
#2: What are your weaknesses?
You’ll most likely be asked this question, and when you answer, don’t give a cookie-cutter response, like “I’m a perfectionist.” Instead, be more authentic and think about an area where you’ve struggled at work – such as speaking up at meetings – and how you’ve learned to overcome it.
#3: Why should we hire you?
This is the million-dollar question. The hiring manager wants to know what sets you apart and why you’re the best fit for the position. So be prepared not only to talk about your most relevant strengths but bring them to life through real-world examples.
#4: What are your goals for your career?
This question can be challenging to answer in a meaningful way because, at this point, your goal is likely to find a new job. But it is possible, and to do so, don’t simply answer “to find a new job.” Instead, take this as an opportunity to sell yourself as a fit for the company. For instance, “In the short-term, it’s finding a position with a growth-oriented company like yours.”
#5: Why are you leaving your last job?
When you answer this question, don’t get negative in any way, bashing your boss or the company. Be diplomatic in your response, focusing instead on a lack of advancement opportunity or a cultural shift that no longer suits your career needs.
#6: What are three of the best things your most recent boss would say about you?
This question can feel like a landmine. Not only are you being asked to speak on behalf of your last boss, but the hiring manager can verify what you’re saying with a quick reference check. So first and foremost, be honest. To best answer this question, think about any past positive comments or feedback you’ve gotten from your boss and share those with the hiring manager.
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