6 top job interview questions to help you prepare

Job interview QuestionsWhen you’re finally leaving full-time education, your first job interview can be a daunting prospect. Dealing with job interview questions can be tricky if you haven’t done some preparatory work beforehand.

I’ve recorded one of my early experiences in the form of a poem, which I’ve included here.

The key takeaway message is ‘be prepared’.

Interview Mindset:

In order to be prepared, you need to understand the hiring manager’s interview mindset.

As a former hiring manager, I can tell you that, when you’re being interviewed, hiring managers have three questions in their heads: –

  1. Can you do the job? That is, do you have the skills required?
  2. Will you do the job? That is, do you have the motivation to do the job well?
  3. Will you fit in? That is, will you get along well with other team members?

Put concisely, they’re considering your SKILLS, MOTIVATION & FIT.

Your mindset in an interview should be, “How do I reassure them that I’m the answer to their prayers because I have exactly what they need?

Job Interview Questions:

The hiring manager will seek to answer the aforementioned three questions, by asking you a series of questions, and they’re all predictable.

Here are the top 6 job interview questions that are most commonly asked by hiring managers: –

  1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
  2. Why are you interested in this position?
  3. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  4. Can you give an example of a time when you overcame a challenge?
  5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
  6. What do you know about this company/organization?

Your responses to these questions will determine whether you’re successful or not.

So, before you go for an interview, make sure you’re well-prepared. Prepare concise responses to these questions and don’t waffle. Think of it as having a quiver full of arrows ready to hit every target put before you.

And remember also, for every skill you claim to have, be prepared to provide an example of where you’ve used that skill with at least some degree of success.

REMEMBER: Prepare well and you’ll present well. Present well and you’ll give yourself the best chance of success.

As a hiring manager, I have always been impressed by candidates who are well-prepared.

Poem about a job interview:

Anyway, without further ado, here’s today’s poem. It describes how I got it wrong by not being prepared. That said, I only made the mistake once.

Job Interview Poem

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