Congratulations! Your resume just landed you an interview with one of the best companies in your industry. Now that the stakes are high, you definitely want to seal the deal. So how do you prepare for the interview of a lifetime?
Below you’ll find 6 interview tips that could help you achieve your #CareerGoals.
Successful interview tips:
- Prepare for the interview by doing an online background research about your company and the job you’re applying for, in case these questions come up: “What do you know about our company?” and “What do you like about the job vacancy?”
- When asked “Tell me something about yourself.” – You should answer with details about yourself that you DID NOT write in your resume. Keep it short and don’t go beyond three sentences. Try to incorporate details that you think are relevant to your position of choice in the company.
- The best way to answer “Why did you apply for this position?” is to describe your skills, values and experience and align it with the company’s mission-vision and the job vacancy you want to be hired for.
- Think of your possible long-term professional goals when the employer wants an explanation to “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”.
- Be transparent when answering the question “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”, but take note that too much transparency won’t do you good. The qualities that you’ll be mentioning should again be relevant to your chosen position. If you’re asked to explain your weaknesses, make sure to include action steps that you are taking to work on them. This shows that you are ready to make changes to improve yourself.
- Brace yourself for these three tricky questions: “Why should we hire you?”/”Why are you the best candidate?”/”Why shouldn’t we hire you?”. For the first two questions, emphasize the reasons why you think you are a unique as both a team leader and team player, and support your answer with achievements you have earned and your traits that can be hard-to-find or uncommon in most employees within your league. For the third question, start your response with “You shouldn’t hire me if…”, then honestly state your limitations as an employee and your strengths that may not be acceptable for the job itself or the working environment set by the company. This move will lead you to the right employment opportunity that will fit your capabilities.