At Strong Group we have a lot of interview experience and we are here to help you succeed in your next interview. Here are our top 10 most frequently asked interview questions and answers.
- What do you know about the company?
This question is important, not because potential employers want to test your knowledge on the company, but more so to understand, how passionate you are about the company. It’s easy for candidates to glance at company’s’ website. You want to stand out, so research thoroughly and provide information such as company goals, missions, their forums, news, fund raisers, charity, you could even speak about their clients or projects they are currently working on. These are just a few examples that you can talk to the employer, that could make your interview stronger.
- Why should we hire you? Why do you want this job?
Identify from the job advert what key skills the employer is looking for and demonstrate how you have these key skills. Provide examples and show enthusiasm. Appear that you are better than any other candidate by expressing why you would fit in with the company. Proclaim that not only are you the right fit for the job, but you will also go above and beyond. This is the perfect question to signify how eager you are for this specific job.
Firstly, pinpoint exactly why you applied for this job for example “I am very passionate about installing air conditioning and gain huge satisfaction from completing tasks in a speedy time-frame.” Then follow with why you want to work in that specific sector for example “I have 4 years of experience and knowledge in mechanical. I know how to design, supply and install air conditioning.”
- Can you tell me a little about yourself?
Instead of babbling on about your whole employment history and education, summarise what you have achieved so far briefly, concentrating on the jobs and skills that you have achieved which is relevant to the position you have applied for. You can begin with 2 great accomplishments that would help the interviewer see that your prior experience is perfect for this job role.
- What are your greatest professional strengths & weaknesses?
When answering this question to be accurate relate your strengths to the job role. Here is a list of some great examples:
- Team leading
- Project management
- Meeting deadlines
- Couching / Teaching
- Good communication
Once you have pointed out three strength examples, then go into a situation where you have put these skills into practice. Weakness is a tricky one, because you still want to impress them and be a perfect candidate. The interviewer isn’t answering this question to identify your faults; however, they are most likely distinguishing, if you are honest and self-aware. How you can work around this question is saying things like “I can be too helpful and loose track, but I am working on this and am improving my multitasking skills.”
- Tell us about a difficult challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
Identify what the difficulty was. It could be something as simple as not being able to get a delivery of the goods, in time to move the project into the next critical stage. Demonstrate what you did to overcome this difficulty. This will test your initiative and thinking out of the box to resolve issues, that people face on a day to day basis.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
Show that you are ambitious, identify what your next potential is, or you could simply say that you have achieved the basic skills and certification in bricklaying, plumbing etc. You now wish to achieve the next level to expand your knowledge and skill set.
- How would your boss and co-workers describe you?
Very important to describe yourself as seen by others not how you see yourself. Eg friendly, hardworking, sense of humour, someone that you can rely on to complete the job etc
- Do you have any questions for us?
You probably already know that an interview isn’t just a chance for a hiring manager to grill you—it’s your opportunity to sniff out whether a job is the right fit for you.
What are the training opportunities, how large is the team, let them know you are keen on the job and when are you likely to hear back?