The job interview process is stressful. You are meeting someone new for the first time and they are asking you challenging questions that you have to answer on the spot. Some questions are predictable, while others may catch you off guard. But even though you know a question may be coming, it can still be very tricky to answer.
So, what are the top interview questions you may have difficulty answering? We’ve put together this list of questions and tips for answering them:
Answer this question with a concise statement about who you are personally and professionally. Tell your professional story. Avoid just listing off information you have in your resume.
Why did you leave your last job? Why do you want to leave your current job?
It’s important here to avoid saying anything negative about your previous/current employer. This could create cause for concern if you speak ill about them. Speak about the reasons why you are seeking a new opportunity. Explain how your previous role has led you to this opportunity.
If you have moved around a lot recently, it’s important to communicate that you plan to stick around for the long term if you are hired. Quickly address your reasoning for moving jobs often, but don’t spend too much time explaining every job move.
Mistakes happen. It’s okay to talk about a time when you messed up. The key here is to own the mistake and explain the steps you took to remedy the situation. Explain what you learned from the experience.
Use this question to speak about your strengths. What are you good at? Which things do your boss or your colleagues come to you for at work? Do you have an area of specialization others do not?
We all have weaknesses. It’s okay to be honest about an area where you have shortcomings. The important thing to communicate are the actions you are taking to address these weaknesses.
Focus on what you think is important to the employer. Talk about why you are a great fit and how the company would benefit by hiring you.
The money question is always a challenging one to answer. The key here is to know your worth. Research the typical salary for someone with your experience and job title.
There are a lot of ways interviewers can ask this type of question. “What made you apply? What did you read in the job description that caught your interest? How does this job fit into your career plan?” You can use these questions to talk about your skills and experience, or certifications and how they match the job duties.
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Paige Allen is a Recruitment Consultant on the Marketing Services team, specializing in Public Relations, Marketing Communications and Pharma. Prior to joining IQ PARTNERS, Paige worked in customer service and IT Procurement, where she developed a passion for people and aptitude for research and analytics.