Interview Question Answer Tips

If you're getting ready for a job interview it helps to know what types of questions you might be asked and how to come up with the right answers. These questions are designed to get you to reveal something about yourself. Check out how well you communicate and whether you can think on your feet. In an interview you should always answer every question as honestly and positively as you can.

The Most Popular Interview Q & A’s

Tell Me about Yourself
This is a great one, the most common question, often thrown in at the beginning of an interview and it never fails to un nerve the candidate. No one feels comfortable talking about themselves, but this is your golden opportunity to sell yourself. Here what they really want to see is how you articulate yourself. Interviewers use this moment in the interview to study your body language and posture, your level of eye contact. During this moment they can really get a sense of who you are so be prepared for this moment in the spot light. Do not “wing it’ prepare in advance, they do not want chapter and verse or your life story but a few confident examples that describe who you really are that will set the tone for the rest of the interview.

What are your weaknesses?
This is not the time to be telling your future employer what’s wrong with you, but an opportunity to sell yourself. By turning this potentially negative question into a positive you will protect yourself confidently and positively therefore making potential weakness into strengths.

  • Being organized wasn’t really one of my strong points, but implemented a time management system that improved me to organize my day and ensured that priority tasks were completed. That way I found that I had more time in each day instead of less and I was more productive as a result.

How do you Handle Stress and Pressure?
This again is a typical interview question, asked to get a sense of how you handle work load and pressure in the job. Examples of good responses include:
  • I actually work better under pressure, I find it motivates me
  • By prioritizing my responsibilities so that I have a clear idea of what needs to be done and how in this way being organized helps to minimize potential pressure.

What motivates you?
Here there isn’t a right or a wrong answer for this one but what the recruiter is trying to understand here with this question is what would be key to you being successful in the job you are being interviewed for. Again anticipate this question and prepare for it. Consider what really does motivate you and give some examples during your interview. Emphasize your enthusiasm when answering this question:
  • I was responsible for several large scale projects where I directed development teams and implemented new structured processes. The teams achieved 100% productivity and reached their deadlines. I was highly motivated by the challenge of completing the project ahead of schedule and in budget and by managing the teams who achieved their goals and targets.

I have 100 applicants for this position -Why Should I hire you?
You know the question is coming but are you ready for it? If you cannot answer this question then exactly why are you even in the interview? “Because I am good” just won’t cut it I am afraid. Think about this question carefully and prepare the answer in advance. Think about your unique selling points, your strengths, all the skills that and experience that you have that will set you apart from the rest. Often recruiters try a different way to ask the same question such as “If I asked your previous employers or your previous staff what they thought of you what would they say about you?”

Are you willing to change your project/profile when required
This is very important for a company, they want employees who are willing to change roles, to meet business demands, so the typical answer here is “Yes”. Say “I understand it will be in best interest of the business, if my manager wants me to develop my skills and take up another role.”

What skills do you want to develop to succeed in this role
Again talk about some key skills that are necessary for the role, this will show them that you are ready to learn and are aware of your shortcomings:
  • Tell them that you, as a fresher, have the ability but formal training to enhance your skills for a professional environment

Another Typical Question

Do you have any other offer at hand
This is usually a closing question and they might want to know how actively you are looking for a job. Usually give an honest answer and say why you are looking for another job with that offer at hand.

Do you have any questions for us
Always have a question ready to answer this one:

  • You can ask whether the company allows for lateral and vertical role changes
  • You can also ask whether the company encourages learning and development of employees
  • Ask whether the company has plans for expansion
  • You can also discuss your role in detail

If you face a problem with your own performance, what would you do
Your answer to this question signifies whether you can identify problems with yourself or not. So, you can say something like: “If I see a problem with my own performance, I’ll try to find out and analyse the factors behind it & work on each of them.

What are your salary expectations?
Before you start talking about pay and negotiating salary with a prospective employer you need to find out what the industry standard for pay is for that role and consider also more importantly your worth and value to your prospective employer. In order to do this you will need to spend some time researching salaries so that you are prepared to get what you are worth, not to mention a job offer that is reasonable and realistic.

Where would you like to be in your career five years from now

My goal is to be a corporate VP by the time I am 35." Or you might give a more subjective answer: "In five years, I want to have gained solid experience in marketing communications and be developing skills in another marketing function.