Here are 5 interview questions you should be able to answer

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.


How do I prepare for an online interview?

When you are applying for an internship or a job on another continent, it’s kind of difficult to come in for an interview. And with the Corona-virus raging all over the world, it has simply become impossible. Luckily for us, technology has enabled us to do a job interview without leaving our house.

Online video interviews using Skype, Hangouts, Zoom, or any other platform, have increased in popularity over the years. With the current situation it will only become more popular, so it’s good to know how to be properly prepared for an online interview.

 

 

Though it might be harder for the older generations, it can be challenging for any job seeker. Being in front of a camera is difficult for a lot of people. Nerves might set in. Digital stage fright even, haha. That is human, and differs per person. However, there are some things that everyone can do to make sure they have the best online interview possible:

Don’t interview using your phone.
Please use your laptop or desktop computer to conduct the interview. You don’t look presentable holding your phone, and connections could drop due to some reason. Even better when doing your interview is to connect your computer with an Ethernet cable instead of WiFi, to get the strongest signal possible.

Make sure you have a clean background.
The interview is about you, and you only. If you have a messy background, or things that may distract the interviewer, it will take away from the interview. Good lighting, positioning, and a plain background are the way to go.

Prepare yourself properly.
It is recommended that you practice well beforehand. Some people might need to get used to the camera. Have you noticed how hard it is to smile like a normal human being? No? Just me? Well I practiced my smile for a long time before I was convinced I didn’t look like a crazy person. Work on your posture, body movements, and facial expressions.

Dress appropriately.
Pants optional! Well, not advisable. Dress like you would for a normal job interview. A nice jacket or blouse would look great. Avoid clothes with weird patterns, because they can look weird on camera. Don’t worry, as soon as the interview is over you can wear your sweatpants and over-sized hoodie again!

Do your research.
Before your interview, do proper research about the company. You can showcase your knowledge during the interview to show you are well prepared. Everybody likes their ego stroked in one way or the other. Show that you know what the company is about, and if you are impressed by one of their accomplishments feel free to mention it.
The first one is always the hardest. It will get easier the more interviews will do, like it is with most things in life. Reflect on your interview after you finish, and see how you can improve next time. If a company doesn’t want to hire you after you did your interview, ask for feedback so you know what you have to work on. With that information you can do better at your next interview, and maybe get that job!

 

Good luck on your online video interview.


COVID-19: Lockdown a Remote Internship

Maybe you have shared a meme before, which stated something like “Would you live in this house for X amount of time without leaving it, or using the internet and cellphone, in exchange for a X amount of money?!?!”

I guess we got a little preview of that with the novel Coronavirus, but it seems harder than we all imagined. Even with access to the internet. People have been finding great ways to stay busy, like developing a new hobby, finally getting around to cleaning the attic, or doing online work. Others might feel stuck and feel like they are wasting valuable time. They just graduated, or are close to graduating, and they are anxious to start their professional career.

Instead they are on lockdown until further notice. Borders have closed, so traveling is out of the question. Doing an internship in another country? Forget about it. Right?

There is another option though. You could do a remote internship with an international company, from the comfort of your own home. Or that cute little coffee shop around the corner if you’re allowed to leave the house from time to time. Just keep social distancing in mind, will ya?

Wait, a remote internship? What the hell is that then? As the last couple of months have shown us, there is a lot of work that can be done without actually being present in a traditional office setting. With a remote internship you can conveniently do tasks, assignments, and projects, while being stuck at home. Let’s list some reasons why a remote internship could be good idea for you:

Less expenses!
Filling up your car with gas? Riding the subway or bus? Forget about it, you can just roll out of bed, and you are ready to work! And just imagine the money you save on snacks, make-up, and impulse buying on your work-home commute.

More time!
You just cut your morning commute from 30-60 minutes, to about 20 seconds. Which leaves you with an insane amount of extra time every day that you can spend on your hobbies, talking to your SO, or swiping on Tinder. Or look up cat videos. All good, no judgement here.

No dress code!
If I could wear basketball shorts to work for the rest of my life, I would be soooooo happy. Seriously… Well, by doing a remote internship you can wear whatever you want while you are working! Just make sure to get dressed properly when you have a conference call or Zoom-meeting. At least the top half of your body, haha.

Productivity galore!
Due to the reasons mentioned above, and more, your productivity will be through the roof! You don’t have to worry about so many things, which gives you extra mental space to focus on your remote internship. Not worrying about if your socks match, you will make it to the office on time, or if you have enough money to go out drinking with your co-workers can give you that extra headspace to just focus on your tasks, and get stuff done!

Ultimate flexibility!
You are working remotely. Your tasks will be set out for you, and you don’t necessarily have to adhere to office times! So you have all freedom to schedule your day as you please, if you stick to your deadlines though. This means you have the freedom to do some part-time work somewhere else, which complements the first point of this article!

Of course there are also some things that you will miss out on. While working remotely, team work will be limited. If you are a real team player, that might sting you a little. Networking will also be hard, unless you have a daily meeting with your cats all the way over there in the living room. If you are an introvert however, like many of us, these negatives might not sound so negative after all.

There you have it. Every crappy thing that happens in the world can be turned into an opportunity. You just have to find out how. So have you decided how you are going to spend the remainder of this Corona-cr#p? Are you going to binge Netflix and eat ice cream for the whole thing, or are you only going to do that a little bit and start your remote internship?