Many people go into interviews thinking they will be asked questions specific to the position they are interviewing for. In most cases, this is incorrect. Non-core questions are becoming the norm for all interviews and sometimes these are the only questions asked.?This means that your answers are just as important as the impressions you give off. What does this all mean? Failure to answer these tough questions could possibly cost you the job.
Lets address some of these tough but very common questions that might surprise you in an interview.
- Tell us about yourself:? This is the oldest question in the book, but is designed to see how you can summarize larger issues.? Don’t mess this one up.? The interviewer does not want to know about your life’s hardships, otherwise they would ask.?They want to know exactly what they have asked. Here is a way to break up the question into parts and answer it:? (a)? Your Key Strengths; (b) How You Accomplished Key Tasks In Your Last Job; and (c) How Do You Propose To Carry Your Strengths Into This Job.? If you are clever enough, you can weave your goals into your answer.
- Why do you want to leave your present job: Your real reason could be positive or negative but be sure to only express the positive reason.? If you were laid off, do no be ashamed as it had nothing to do with you but instead had to do with cutbacks or closing down of your division.? If you are looking to quit on your own, then express that it is for better prospects.? You are not challenged at your present position and would like to be somewhere more rewarding.? Be sure to use specific examples.
- What are your weaknesses: The intent of this question is not to embarass you.? They want to know how you live up to challenges.? Be sure to explain how you overcome each weakness you mention.? For example: I take on so many different tasks that I am not great at keeping them as organized as I should, so I know carry a PDA with me everywhere I go.
- Why do you like our organization: It is difficult to answer such an open ended question but it does present you with many possibilities.? A possible answer is because of their?great work culture, reputation?and career growth opportunities.
These are common questions that you should have answers to for every interview you go on.? They are general in nature and test your communication skills.