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This is one of the most common interview question and usually the first. This question seems somewhat easy, so many candidates fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial.
The goal of an interview is to determine whether the candidate will be outstanding in the job, and that means evaluating the skills and attitude required for that job. Does she need to be an empathetic leader? Ask about that. Does she need to take your company public? Ask about that.
As an interviewee, don’t give your complete employment or personal history. Instead, give a pitch—one that’s concise and compelling and that shows exactly why you’re the right fit for the job. Talk a little bit about your current role including the scope and perhaps one big accomplishment, then give some background as to how you got there and experience you have that’s relevant. Finally, segue into why you want—and would be perfect for—this role.
2. Why Do You Want to Work at This Company?
Do your research and point to something that makes the company unique that really appeals to you; talk about how you’ve watched the company grow and change since you first heard of it; focus on the organization’s opportunities for future growth and how you can contribute to it. Remember, be clear and precise when answering this question.
3. Why Should We Hire You?
This is the right time to sell yourself, your skills and your knowledge of the company. Start by doing your research on the employer before the interview.
As a candidate, this is the time to sell yourself that you can not only do the work, but also deliver great results, that you’ll really fit in with the team and culture; and that you are the best candidate; and by demonstrating your knowledge of the company.
4. What Are Your Greatest Strengths?
This is the time to talk about something that makes you great—and a great fit for this role. When you’re answering this question, be clear and precise. In other words, don’t rattle off a list of adjectives. Instead, pick one or a few specific qualities that are relevant to this position and illustrate them with examples.
Provide a few examples, pertinent to the opening, that prove you’re a great problem solver. If you’re an emotionally intelligent leader, don’t just say that, provide a few examples that prove you know how to answer the unasked question.
5. What Do You Consider to Be Your Greatest Weaknesses?
Many candidates find it easy to answer this question. You just need to think of a theoretical weakness and magically transform that flaw into a strength in disguise.
For instance: “My biggest weakness is getting so absorbed in my work that I lose all track of time. Every day I look up and realize everyone has gone home! I know I should be more aware of time, but when I enjoy what I’m doing I just can not think of anything else.” So your biggest weakness is that you’ll put in more hours than everyone else? Great.
A better approach is to choose an actual weakness, but one you’re working to improve. Share what you are doing to overcome that weakness. No one is perfect, but showing you’re willing to honestly self-assess and then seek ways to improve comes good darned close.