Good job! You scored an interview with a company! Now it’s time to prepare. If you’re doing an online interview, don’t forget to check out our other post on how to prepare for an online interview.

Have you thought about what the interviewer is going to ask you? How should you answer those questions? Let’s walk through some of the most popular interview questions, and how you can answer them. (Tip: Write those answers down for when you have your interview)

 

 

  1. Can you tell me more about yourself?
    This is not the time to talk about your obsession with memes, or how much you like Rick & Morty. This is not about your resume either. This question is not about what you did, but why you did certain things. Why did you go to study abroad on a different continent? Why did you decide to work at Ikea before? Help the interviewer get to know you. Pitch who you are and why you did the things you did.
  2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
    You’re the best. You know that. The interviewer doesn’t know that, so tell him why you’re the best in something. Similar with the previous question: Focus on the “why”. Why is something your strength? Listing your strengths is the easy part, in comparison to saying what your weaknesses are. Everyone has weaknesses, there is no need to pretend you don’t have any. Transparency is key here. Let the interviewer see you are aware of your weaknesses, and how you are planning to strengthen your weaknesses over time.
  3. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
    “In your chair, bro.” is not an appropriate answer. However, transparency is key here. If you like the company and plan to grow there, tell them. If you want work experience and have ambitions to start your own business, that’s okay to tell them too. Hell, you may not even know what you want, but you are on your way to figuring that out. Be confident in your answer.
  4. Why should we hire you?
    Give a little summary of everything you talked about in the interview. All your experiences, skills, interests, and goals, presented in a little pitch. Tell them how those things will be valuable for the company and all stakeholders. Convince them that not hiring you would be a mistake.
  5. Do you have a question for me?
    In your research leading up to the interview, some things might have raised some questions with you. Now is the time to ask them. Show that you are invested and interested. Ask where the company is going in terms of growth. Ask the interviewer about struggles he had working there, or what he likes the most. Ask more about your role. Ask away! But don’t go too crazy.

 

 

Even after preparing all these questions, there is still the possibility you won’t get hired. No problem, that happens. Ask for feedback from the interviewer as to why you didn’t get the job. This information is invaluable. It gives you insight into what you can improve, so you can do better on your next interview.

Prepare well, and kick some butt.