Fear Factor - Job Interviews!

Posted on: October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween JIU!  For recent grads, job seekers and job changers, often times the scariest thing on Halloween is not the ghosts and goblins – it is the prospect of their next job interview. Prepare for your next interview by thinking about the following common questions.  Here are a few typical questions and the  type of response your interviewer wants to hear.

Why do you want this job?

This question is your opportunity to show that you researched the company and the position.  Many job applicants apply to any and all jobs they find on the internet.  Show the interviewer that you really are a good fit for the position, and that your goals and skills are in-line with the company’s mission.

Situation interview questions – Tell us about a time when…

These questions are quite common in interviews.  The best way to respond is to describe a real situation, the type of project, expected outcome and your role, the action you took to achieve this outcome, and the result of the situation. 

Describe your strengths?

This question seems easy, but make sure you use your response to your advantage.  Describe three or four strengths and then provide examples in real life situations where you have demonstrated that strength.  Just listing the “ten things that make me awesome” will not impress your interviewer.

What is one of your weaknesses?

Generally interviewees are advised to respond with a non-weakness such as “I work too hard.”  The best response is to list a real fault and then describe how you are working to improve upon this weakness. 

Do you have any questions for us?

This question usually arrives at the end of the interview.  Never ask about salary or benefits, even if these are your most pressing questions.  You will have an opportunity to discuss pay-scales at a later date.  Think of a couple of questions for the interviewer before you arrive.  These questions should focus on the company itself or opportunity for growth, training and career development for the person they hire.

Your best bet at reducing the fear factor is preparation and a good night’s sleep.  Good luck!