So you’ve sent out your resume and landed a job interview. Your first job maybe? Congratulations! There’s just one problem. You actually don’t know what to expect from the interview or have any idea of what you might be asked. So how can you ensure that you feel prepared when the interview day comes?
Keep reading below to discover 6 likely questions to be asked in an interview and the best ways to approach them so you can nail that job interview!
1. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
This is one of the first questions you are likely to be asked, so be prepared to talk about yourself. Be sure not to tell too much or too little. You should also avoid super personal information, so think of sharing your interests and experiences. For example, you may discuss your hobbies, education, and what motivates you. Your answers will be even better if you can relate these to the job you are applying for! When an employer asks this question, they are trying to see if you would fit nicely into their workplace environment, in addition to being suitable for the position.
2. What’s your understanding of the role and why are you interested?
This question helps recruiters gain a genuine understanding of which aspects of the role you are most interested in, in order to assess if you’re well suited. When answering this question in a job interview, the employer wants to hear your interpretation of the role in your own words. They do not want to hear you reciting the job description that appears on the job advertisement. Additionally, employers also like to hear how this job could further develop your skills to enable you to become a valuable employee and encourage growth throughout your career.
3. Why are you interested in working for this organisation?
In alignment with the idea of the above question, an employer will ask this question to essentially determine whether you have ‘done your homework’. This means, whether you have researched the company and gained knowledge of their purpose, environment, and values. Therefore, to answer this question, you must research the organisation prior to the job interview and link it to your career interests and skillset in order to impress the employer.
For example, “I understand that McDonald’s is a hospitality company that values teamwork. I wish to expand my knowledge of hospitality and improve my teamwork skills, even though I have experience from participating in a soccer team. I feel as though McDonald’s would be able to provide me with this valuable learning opportunity.”.
4. How will you prioritise your tasks in this role?
This question is asked by employers to understand your time management and decision-making habits. Employers want to be reassured that you will be able to handle the responsibilities of the job role effectively and efficiently. Be prepared to give an example of how you prioritised things in a previous role, or at school e.g. using a diary, scheduling on your phone or creating to-do lists. Make sure you link your example to the job position.
5. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you faced at work and how you dealt with it?
Employers will ask this question in a job interview to determine your problem-solving abilities and how you might deal with confrontation or an overwhelming situation. If you do not have a previous example that you can use, you can make up a scenario instead.
6. What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?
This doubled-edged question can be the most overwhelming if you are not well prepared with an appropriate answer. When emphasising your greatest strength, aim to highlight the attributes that best qualify you for the job. Likewise, try to provide specific examples of when you recognised your greatest weakness. As a general rule, remember to “show” rather than “tell.” For example, rather than stating that you are an overthinker, instead, reflect on a professional experience where you overcame this.
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