Knowing how to answer interview questions takes a lot of the stress out of attending interviews. So is there a format you can follow? Are there tips that cover almost any question? Is there some homework you can do to get you through the most challenging of interviews?
Our first tip is always, 100% of the time, be honest. Sometimes you feel that the interview is slipping away from you and that the Company is looking for something a little different. If that is the case, which it is sometimes going to be, then trying to pretend you are a round peg for an hour is one thing. Getting the job and having to be a round peg eight hours per day, five days per week is quite another. If the Company are looking for a round peg and you know without a shadow of a doubt that you are a uniquely shaped somewhat squarer peg then be honest with them and be honest with yourself; however it looked up until this point, this is not going to be the job for you. Lucky you found out now. Thank goodness for the interview eh! It is after all a two way process giving you the chance to assess if this role and this Company are really what you are looking for!
If on the other hand, you’re being honest and things are looking good then a few well placed answers are only going to help things look even better. You set your intention before you arrived so you are feeling calm, happy and confident. You are smiling a lot, they are smiling a lot and you really hitting it off. Remember you are still being interviewed and keep your answers articulate and professional. Always give a positive answer, even to questions such as ‘what is your weakness’. Find a weakness that can be portrayed as a strength. So ‘I am a perfectionist, which means I always have to complete every project to the best of my ability, even when that means working longer hours’ sounds much better than ‘my timekeeping leaves a lot to be desired’.
Above all keep in mind that you are going to have to spend a lot of time with this Company if you get the offer and accept this job. So give well thought out, positive and informative answers. Listen for clues to assess if this is indeed the right fit for you. An interview is like a date; you wouldn’t marry every single person you ever dated and likewise you don’t want every single job you interview for. Remember a job is like a marriage. Most people probably spend more time at work than they spend with their spouse, so take the meetings seriously, use them like you would a date, to assess if this is right for you and if you want to be ‘married’ to this Company for the next few years at least.
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