Just three? That’s right, just three.
Prepare for these three questions, and you can ace almost any interview.
You can find articles and blog posts that will provide lists of 40 or more, like this one from online career advice firm The Muse, but who can accurately prepare for 40 nuanced interview questions?
The process of prepping and interviewing can be stressful. Being calm and confident are the most important aspects of the process.
In this post, job seekers will learn how to prepare for these three critical, inevitable interview questions:
Why Are You the Best Person for this Job?
What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years?
A little secret before we get started—there isn’t actually much prep involved. Well, not in the traditional sense anyway. Interview preparation, whether in-person or virtual, is all about researching the company and reacting to questions in the context of your background, skillsets, and experience.
OK, so are you ready to get started? Remember, just be calm, straightforward, and confident.
1. Why Are You the Best Person for this Job?
You know who you are, and what your capabilities are. You’ve extensively researched the company and you’ve determined that you can do the job. Now it’s time to explain that to the interviewer.
The more context you can put around this question, the better. You want to acknowledge that they have most likely interviewed some very good candidates, while at the same time highlighting your hard and soft skills in the context of the job description.
Keep this in mind: the more you talk about the company, the more well-positioned you’ll be.
2. So, What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
Don’t be afraid of this question. We all have our personal and professional weaknesses. As a job candidate, you’ll want to acknowledge one of your professional weaknesses. But do it in the context of personal improvement.
For example, you might acknowledge the fact that as a salesperson your technical skills have not been as strong as you would have liked in the past. So you’ve enrolled in an online course and you feel like the benefits are already starting to show. Use these real-world examples to show that you’re aware of the ongoing need for personal growth.
3. Where Do You See Yourself In Five Years?
You’ve thought about this question many times. Just answer honestly in the context of your personal career goals and aspirations, whatever those might be. Also, don’t be afraid to give an interim answer like “None of us can see into the future, but I’d like to be your go-to business analyst by this time next year.”
The main consideration here is that you’ve put some serious thought into your personal career goals in the context of the position you’re applying for.
By preparing for these three questions, you’ve actually prepared for many other potential interview questions in the process. You’ve placed your qualifications, goals, and career aspirations against the backdrop of the job that you’re interviewing for.
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