Job interview questions can be tough and what can be harder is the final question the employer will ask you, “Is there anything you want to know about me or the company?” This may sound surprisingly an informal question to you and most of the interviewees simply shrug to answer the question. This perhaps had happened to you and sad to say – you may have had answered the first few questions intelligently but by ignoring the last question you had put yourself in to the graveyard. Why? The employer doesn’t want to hire people who just work to get their salaries at every pay day.
So, you had come to a realization of the reason why until today you didn’t get any of the past job interviews where you had been shortlisted. This article can help you get better next time. Before I proceed, I would like to stress very important information: “Most of the HR interviewers prepare questions prior to your scheduled interviews. Most of these are open questions which cannot be answered by ‘yes’ or ‘no’ that is to encourage you to talk. These often begin with the ‘why’, ‘what’, ‘where’ and ‘how’. Thus, you have to prepare yourself to talk more.”
Here are the top 5 tough questions the HR interviewer asks on the job interview and how to answer them the appropriate way.
Q1. Tell me something about your self.
Yeah. There’s a lot to tell and you may be find it hard to choose what information you should give. The hint is this is the opportunity where you can sell yourself to the company. Think of a way to describe yourself such as what sort of person are you, telling stories how you end up to a company to another company describing your strength rather than your weaknesses. Examples could be if you are applying for marketing job: “I started early at life and my first job was a secretariat at one government agency. The salary is not sufficient with having three children thus I have to earn extra by selling houses, some consumer goods and electronics. I excelled at this field and really enjoyed the challenges. Then I applied for marketing job at this company where I was able to bring $10 million gross sales…”
Q2. Why do you think we should hire you over one of the other candidates?
Didn’t know this coming? Yeah. Really a tough one because you haven’t met any of the other candidates the interviewer is talking about. The question is “Do you need to say something negative about them and how?” Nice strategy BUT that is not what they wanted to hear from you. The best answer you should provide is for you to open your door to your unique qualities or expertise that may or not indicated on your resume. You have to precisely state your skills and qualities and differentiate yourself to the other candidates to show that you have everything that the company looks for. The interviewer wants to know also if you had made some research about their company and read the description of the job you are applying for.
Q3. What is your greatest weakness?
This may caught you off-guard. What does the employer mean by asking this question? Of course, there is not a single company who will hire you if you are going to enumerate your weaknesses. The hint is you are not going to fall to this entrapment. Don’t admit any. If you do, make them sound like your strength such as, “I often get attached to my work and stayed late at the office to finish something…” No employer can refuse to this kind of weakness.
Q4. Why did you leave your last job?
Expressing your strong disapproval from your previous employer or coworkers may be your option but it is not a good idea. No company will hire you if you did that because this will only show that you have a difficulty in dealing and getting along with other people. It is best to provide positive reasons such as looking for career advancement, more opportunities or you have to study or you want a role with more responsibilities.
Q5. If I were to ask your previous employers to describe you, what would they say?
The interviewer may ask you this question even you already written your previous employers as your reference. The company wants to know how you perceive other think of you and how well you performed your jobs. The hint to the question is to talk about your strengths in your answer and talk more of skills you have that you think will be useful on the job you are applying for.
The only reason why you got invited to a job interview is the company wants to know you more and assess if you are the best candidate who fit for the job. Perhaps you are one among the 5 who got shortlisted and you will not have a clue what the other candidates’ CVs look like. The key to land to this job during this interview is to quickly build rapport and to gain their trust that you are perfectly suited to this work.
Before the schedule, prepare yourself to answer all the possible questions including the tough and uncomfortable ones. Learn to be resonance in describing your market value, skills and other benefits you can offer when answering them and talk more about your accomplishments. This is going to separate you as winner from the runner-ups.