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Common Interview Questions & how to nail them


Tell me something about yourself.

I'm currently an (insert role) at XYZ, where I'm in charge of our most profitable client. Prior to that, I worked for ABC where I worked on (insert name of a project you did). And, while I appreciated the job I did, I'd like the opportunity to work with (talk abou the company you are applying at), which is why I'm so pleased about this opportunity with (insert company’s name)



What is your greatest weakness?

YOU WANT TO:

  1. Be Honest

  2. Pick a topic that is not a must-have for the role

  3. Show you are Self-aware

  4. Show you are Actively working on getting better


WHAT NOT TO SAY:

Recruiters and hiring managers have heard these thousands of times

  • 'I am a perfectionist

  • l'm a workaholic

  • I have high standards


WHAT TO SAY:

  • Share a story to explain why it's a problem.

  • Talk about the time when you realized.

  • Tell them about the steps you are taking to improve.


Why do you want this job?

What to discuss


THE COMPANY

  • Research the company prior to your interview

  • Talk about how excited you are about their mission, the industry, the product, the growth opportunities, the tools they use.

  • Did you meet anyone from the team that inspired you? Talk about that, too.


THE ROLE

  • Discuss why you are perfect for the role &how you feel you can contribute. Here you want to highlight your relevant skills and experiences.

  • Remember, this is not about you, but about them.

  • The interviewer wants to know how you will use your skills & experiences to help the company reach their goals.


What are your strengths?

READ THE JOB REQUIREMENTS, Choose strengths that are important for the job.


What is required?

What are you good at?

Where's that overlap?


Focus on 2-5 skills and get specific.


DON'T JUST SAY, BUT SHOW

And what I mean is to give examples.

Instead of just sayıng "I'm good at handling change', be specific. Tell them about a time when you had to implement some changes, but there was resistance in the team. When was that? In which role & Company? What exactly did you do? What was the outcome?


PREPARE, PREPARE, PREPARE

That's the number 1 interview tip and it applies to any interview and any interview question.

Almost everyone gets the interview nerves, but if you prepare in advance, you'll feel so much more confident to answer any questions that might come up. Yes, even the weird ones

you read about. Remember: the questions are more or less the same - just asked in different ways.


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