This Q seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial.
Don’t give ur complete employment (or personal) history. Instead give a pitch—1 that’s concise & compelling & shows exactly why you’re the right fit for the job.
Another seemingly harmless question, this is actually a perfect opportunity to stand out and show your passion for and connection to the company.
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(I personally hate this q! As if I'm not nervous & desperate for income as is right?? 😭)
But here's how we tackle it...
So, when interviewers ask this, they aren’t necessarily trying to see whether you understand the mission — they want to know whether you care about it.
Say, “I’m personally drawn to this mission because…” or “I really believe in this approach because…” &share a personal example or 2
Again, companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job, so you should have a great answer about why you want the position.
(And if you don’t? You probably should apply elsewhere.)
(e.g., “I love customer support because I love the constant human interaction and the satisfaction that comes from helping someone solve a problem”)...
(e.g., “I’ve always been passionate about education, and I think you guys are doing great things, so I want to be a part of it”).
This question seems forward (not to mention intimidating!), but if you’re asked it, you’re in luck: There’s no better setup for you to sell yourself and your skills to the hiring manager. 😬😬
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When answering this question, interview coach Pamela Skillings recommends being accurate (share your true strengths, not those you think the interviewer wants to hear);
(Most dreaded question)
What your interviewer is really trying to do with this question — beyond identifying any major red flags — is to gauge your self-awareness and honesty.
Strike a balance by thinking of something that you struggle with but that you’re working to improve.
Think about these things when you're alone - it will help you.
Nothing says “hire me” better than a track record of achieving amazing results in past jobs, so don’t be shy when answering this question!
Get ready to boast in a non-egotistical way... Like this:
(e.g., “In my last job as a junior analyst, it was my role to manage the invoicing process”)
For example, “In one month, I streamlined the process, which saved my group 10 man-hours each month & reduced errors on invoices by 25%.”
In asking this question, your interviewer wants to get a sense of how you will respond to conflict.
If asked this q, be honest & specific about your future goals, but consider this: A hiring manager wants to know:
a) if you’ve set realistic expectations for your career,
& c) if the position aligns with your goals and growth. Your best bet is to think realistically about where this position could take you and answer along those lines.
It’s OK to say that you’re not quite sure what the future holds, but that you see this experience playing an important role in helping you make that decision. 🙂
The interviewer wants to uncover whether this position is really in line with your ultimate career goals. While “an NBA star” might get you a few laughs, a better bet is to talk about your goals & ambitions—& why this job will get you closer to them.
Companies ask this for a number of reasons, from wanting to see what the competition is for you to sniffing out whether you’re serious about the industry.
Don't name drop. But don't make it seem like they are the ONLY company interviewing you, even if they are.
See? No names mentioned.
This is a toughie, but one you can be sure you’ll be asked.
Definitely keep things positive —you have nothing to gain by being negative about your past employers.
Just don't do it.
“I’d really love to be part of product development from beginning to end, and I know I’d have that opportunity here.”
And if you were let go (retrenched)? Keep it simple:
“Unfortunately, I was let go,” is a totally OK answer. 🙂
OK, if you get the admittedly much tougher follow-up question as to why you were let go (& the truth isn’t exactly pretty), your best bet is to be honest (the job-seeking world is small, after all).
Share how you’ve grown & how you approach your job & life now as a result.
If you can position the learning experience as an advantage for this next job, even better.
Hint: Ideally the same things that this position has to offer. Be specific.
(That's why it is important to make note of all the places you apply to & their job specs).
Hint: Ideally one that’s similar to the environment of the company you’re applying to. Be specific.
(Do you see the importance of researching the comapny before the interview?)
The best managers are strong but flexible, & that’s exactly what you want to show off in your answer.
Depending on what’s more important for the the role, you’ll want to choose an example that showcases your project management skills
Remember: “The best stories include enough detail to be believable & memorable,” says Skillings.
Everyone disagrees with the boss from time to time, but in asking this question, hiring managers want to know that you can do so in a productive, professional way.
First of all, be honest (remember, if you get this job, the hiring manager will be calling your former bosses and co-workers!).
Sell your personality.
If you were unemployed for a period of time, be direct & to the point about what you’ve been up to (and hopefully, that’s a series of impressive volunteer & other mind-enriching activities, like blogging or taking classes).
Bring it back to the job, always.
Don’t be thrown off by this question —just take a deep breath & explain to the hiring manager why you’ve made the career deicions you have.
You don't wanna sound like you don't know what the hell you are doing with your life.
This doesn’t have to be a direct connection; in fact, it’s often more impressive when a candidate can make seemingly irrelevant experience seem very relevant to the role.
“Choose an answer that shows that you can meet a stressful situation head-on in a productive, positive manner & let nothing stop you from accomplishing your goals,” says McKee.
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Start by explaining what you’d need to do to get ramped up.
What information would you need?
What parts of the company would you need to familiarize yourself with?
Next, choose a couple of areas where you think you can make meaningful contributions right away.
If you get the job, you (or your new employer) might decide there’s a better starting place, but...
(Yep, that money question)
The #1 rule of answering this question is doing your research on what you should be paid by using sites like Payscale and Glassdoor. (Google these companies)
Interviewers ask personal questions in an interview to “see if candidates will fit in with the culture [and] give them the opportunity to open up & display their personality, too,” says longtime hiring manager Mitch Fortner.
Seemingly random personality-test type questions like these come up in interviews generally because hiring managers want to see how you can think on your feet.
1,000? 10,000? 100,000?
Well, seriously, you might get asked brainteaser questions like these, especially in quantitative jobs.
Yah noh. Thank God I'm a creative shem.
Questions about your family status,
gender (“How would you handle managing a team of all men?”),
nationality (“Where were you born?”),
religion, or age, are illegal—but they still get asked (and frequently).
Bring it back to the job... ALWAYS.
This is a common one at startups. Hiring managers want to know that you not only have some background on the company, but that you’re able to think critically about it and come to the table with new ideas.
What new features would you love to see?
How could the company increase conversions?
How could customer service be improved?
An interview isn’t just a chance for a hiring manager to grill you—it’s your opportunity to sniff out whether a job is the right fit for you.
What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team?
Don't get personal.