Alright, you have prepared for your job interview in every possible way, and the rest is up to fate, or so you think. Because actually, the questions that are being asked in job interviews can be very difficult to answer, but they are also pretty standard. Many people have had to answer to the same questions before you. Of course everyone has a somewhat unique answer, and there are always going to be questions that are personal and that you simply can’t copy from somebody else, but basically you can prepare for a lot of the typical questions that are going to make you sweat during your interview. We have selected 5 of these questions, and how to answer them:
1. “Why were you fired?”
Let’s start with one of the hardest questions that you can be asked. If you have been fired from your previous job, your interview will most likely ask you why. A possible answer might be that you and the company were not the right fit, but always be careful not to bad-mouth your boss or the company. Another good way to cope with this question is by saying that you being terminated turned out to be for the best, since you are able to search for jobs that are more fitting to you now.
2. “What are your future goals?”
This is not a hard question for everybody, because a lot of people have jobs that have something to do with their future goals. However, if you are a student who is only looking for a temporary job it can be harder to answer. Usually when an interviewer asks what your goals are, they want to know about your work-related goals, not about how many children you want or even that you want to finish college and do something completely different and way more rewarding than a supermarket-job. A good answer is that you want to work in a rewarding company, that you want to learn as you go, and you can say that you see yourself going higher up and becoming a manager at the job.
3. “What is your biggest weakness?”
Everyone has their weaknesses, and it is important that you talk more about what you are good at then what you are bad at, during an interview. Even when an interviewer asks you what your greatest weakness is, you can remain positive about yourself by, for instance, talking about a skill that you improved at a previous job, or a weakness that you overcame through training. This way an employer will see that you rather work on your weaknesses than run away from them, and that you are confident. Another thing that you can do is name a skill that is not relevant to the job.
4. “Give an example of something great that you accomplished at work”.
This doesn’t seem like a very hard question, but it is easy to sound cocky in your answer, and that’s the last thing you want to do. Your employer is asking you this because they want to know if you have done something that you are proud of, and if you have something that is worth mentioning. Often you don’t need to go into details about it, but you can tell them about a project that you did at work that came out better than your boss had expected, or something that you have been praised for by colleagues. You can also tell the interviewer if you have ever been promoted or been chosen as employee of the month, as an example.
5. “Describe a difficult situation at work and how you handled it”.
Here it is important to include a few specific examples in which you handled a stressful situation at work. Employers know that at one point, everyone is going to have to face hardships at work, so there isn’t really a getting out of this question. You could, for example, explain how you handled a difficult situation in which costumers complained, and there was no exact policy for the kind of complain. Or if you ever took the lead at your job and solved an issue that other colleagues couldn’t solve, you could tell about that as well.
During a job interview a lot of questions are asked. Some are easy, and some are hard. Hopefully this interview will help you give better answers to hard question that might come up in your interview. If you have any other difficult questions or good answers regarding job interviews, please share them with us.