Let’s face it. Job interviews are boring. You know exactly what they’re going to ask, and you have a canned response prepared. Keep in mind the interviewer has also heard canned responses to those questions before. To set yourself apart from the competition, keep these tips in mind during your next interview. Here’s how to uniquely answer some of the most common questions you’ll hear during an interview.
Why Are You A Good Fit For This Position?
If you don’t have a good answer to this, you won’t get the job. Study the job description as well as any information you can find about the company, and identify specific skills, education, and experience you have that make you a good candidate. Practice your perfect response.
Do You Have Any More Questions?
Never say no to this question! Ask detailed questions about the position or the company, such as “How would my role further the company’s vision?” Maybe you do have questions about salary, how soon you can expect a decision, etc., but make sure to ask more substantial questions first.
What’s Your Biggest Strength?
Regardless of what your biggest strength is, you need to play up on your strength that relates most to the specific job. Even if you talk about a strength that isn’t truly your biggest strength, make sure that you don’t lie entirely. You risk losing trust and credibility.
What’s Your Biggest Weakness?
Have an answer so that you won’t seem overconfident, but make sure your answer isn’t so honest that you throw yourself under the bus. Your weakness should be something that can be improved upon rather than some permanent problem. Never give yourself a weakness that makes you appear unqualified.
Tell Me A Little About Yourself
Don’t just say something off the top of your head. Find specific, unique parts of your life that make you perfect for the job, which will require researching the job. Write your response down, and practice it until you can make it sound like you just thought it up.