Are you prepping for a job interview? Feeling a little nervous about what they might ask?
A good practice is to take some common interview questions and write out answers.
Read them to someone to check flow, how it comes across and any ways you can sharpen your answer.
Think of it like preparing for a little speech. Your answers are better with a little preparation rather then just winging it!
Questions you might be asked and can prepare an answer:
- What did you enjoy about your current job?
- What did you not enjoy? change?
- What are your strengths? (top 3 at least)
- What are your weaknesses? (top 3 at least)
- How are you with _____ (whatever is important to this type of role) (i.e., attention detail, learning new things, working with customers or customer service, etc.)
- What are your work values?
- What is important to you about the company you work with?
- What are the top skills you bring to an organization?
- What does prioritizing mean to you and how do you handle “fires”? Tell me about a time you’ve had to prioritize different scenarios and the choice you made.
- Why should I hire you over the other candidates? What do you specifically bring to the table?
It is also good to check the company website and learn about the company. Make a list of questions you would like to ask. It is common to be curious about their timeline and the compensation but honestly let those go and focus on questions that show you are interested in them, the workplace, and contributing. This means questions that show you are engaged in the process and care about the organization.
Questions you might ask:
- What skills does your ideal candidate have or is most important they can do?
- What do the first 30-60-90 days look like?
- What does a typical day (once training is done) look like?
- What are your company values and how does that show up day to day?
- What are the greatest challenges people have had in the past in this role?
- What is the hardest part of this position?
- What does success look like for someone in this role?
Interviews are a great opportunity to ensure a great fit for them and you. Remember you don’t want just any job; you want a job that is a great fit for them and you.
Enjoy the process!