So you’ve landed an interview—congratulations!—standing out in a sea of resumes is no easy feat, but now it’s time to knock your interviewer’s socks off. While the process can be long and nerve-wracking—these are questions that potentially alter your future after all—there are some tough interview questions you can bet on being asked.
1. Tell me about yourself
This is a little like the “What do you do?” question that can be so stressful. It’s asking you to round yourself up in a succinct but engaging way. You want to grab your interviewer’s attention without delving into your life story.
What the interviewer really wants to know is a little about your personality, but also what about you works for this particular company. Don’t have a scripted stock response. This should be tailored for each interview and you should talk about where you are professionally.
Do talk about why you got into your particular field and how it relates to your background. What it is about your line of work and experience that is specifically “you.” When and where you adopted your dog is cute, but save it for after you get hired.
2. What is your biggest weakness?
I’m a workaholic. A perfectionist. Type A. I never give up, to a fault. None of these answer the question. Using this question as an opportunity to #humblebrag is not the way to go. Instead, they show that your biggest weakness is an inability to address where you’re lacking and you come off cocky. Everyone has weaknesses, including the person sitting across the table from you, and self-awareness is a good trait.
3. What would your previous employer say about you?
This question needs to answer based on how you left your last company. If you were fired, and you’ve still listed that position on your resume, don’t try to hide it. Instead, use this question as an opportunity to explain where you went wrong and what you learned.
If you left your last job on good terms and your former boss is willing to be a reference, this is a great way to back up what you say.
If you had an exit interview, you can pull directly from that conversation and is a reason to ask for an exit interview if your employer doesn’t offer one upfront. However, a resume doesn’t have to include every job you’ve ever had.
That said, be prepared for this one:
Source: The Ladders