My cousin, Andrew, is a talent acquisition specialist in an advertising business. He’s in charge of finding the right and creative person who will work for their company. So, he’s always talking to aspiring applicants and determines if they’re prepared enough to work and get job done properly.
Andrew told me that the common mistakes of applicants would be stuttering and uncertain when providing answers to him. Stuttering displays incompetence and lack of self-confidence and preparation. Hence, you must equip yourself with “what to do” and “what to say” to nail the job interview. It is better to expect whats going to happen that to be left uncertain.
Here are some questions that are frequently asked in a job interview:
1. Can you tell me something about yourself?
This is the most asked question. Prepare a brief statement about yourself and limit it to work-related items like the assignment you’ve done with your past employers and how it relates to the job you’re interviewing for. Don’t memorize your responses because you will sound like an answering machine not a person.
2. Why should we hire you?
It’s time to highlight your strengths. Just point out how your abilities meet what the company needs. Don’t compare yourself to other applicants. Cite good examples like your positive attitude towards work, your professional expertise, your ability to prioritize and lead the group to meet a common goal.
3. What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
This is really a tricky question. Don’t reveal your weakness. Just make it short like you were working so ahead of your mates on a certain task and thus affecting coordination. It’s a well intentioned mistake with positive lesson learned.
4. In your professional career, what is your biggest disappointment?
Accept your disappointments but make sure it’s something that’s beyond your control. Remember that failures are the pillars of success, don’t show any negative feelings.
5. Why did you quit your last job?
Never speak anything bad about your previous company, boss, or colleagues. That’s a big “NO” and if you do then you’re done. You will be the one looking bad. Always look on the bright side. Smile and cite positive reasons for leaving like career enhancement, an opportunity to do something special or any other forward-looking explanation.
Make sure you got straight forward answers and don’t ever make up stories to support your responses. As much as possible be honest because honesty is still the best policy. There would be part in the interview where the human resource consultant will ask if you got any questions for him. Always have some questions prepared (so you better do your homework) because it will show your interest for job and the company.
Then, dress up and make yourself pleasant to the eyes of your prospect employer. Your appearance make the first impression and it last. Good luck!