Scheduling an interview and getting prepared is the foremost thing that takes place in candidates interview process!
During the interview process, candidates work hard to make a positive first impression researching your company before the meeting, taking time away from a current role, preparing interview materials and more. As the employer, do you also take steps to make a positive impression? An engaging candidate interview experience is essential to attract top talent because candidates are interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them.
We talked to six hiring experts to find out which questions stumble up the most job through candidates interview, and the better answers that could win you the job:
- Tell me about yourself
The problem: Such an innocent-sounding question, but it is a bit of a trap. When asking this question, the interviewer wants to see how you present yourself, but this at this time you should not recite your resume.
The solution: The hiring manager is asking you to talk about your professional self and not about yourself in general. A better way to answer it is to talk about your experience in a way that positions you as being a perfect match for the role. Never go much into the personal details unless the interviewer asks for it.
- Why do you want to work for this company?
The problem: The interviewer knows you are looking for a new opportunity, and at a fundamental level, a job. Why else? Most of the candidates answer saying that this is one of the market leaders and would be a great pleasure to join it.
The solution: This question will show how much homework the candidate has done for your company and your products, which is another indicator of the candidate’s interest excitement about the role.
- Why are you interested in this position?
The problem: The most prominent mistake candidates make with their response is focusing on how the role fits into their career plan, and how it will help them be more professionally fulfilled and advance their career.
The solution: A better answer puts the company’s goals at the forefront. People aren’t just hired to do a job; they are hired to be part of the company as a whole, a company that has very specific objectives and goals to achieve. The primary focus of the answer should be focused on how the candidate is going to add value to the organization through the candidates interview.
- Why should we hire you?
The problem: The common answer to this question is the list of achievements and accomplishments that the interviewer can find on your resume. So he is not interested in listening to the qualities or qualification that you have already mentioned in your resume.
The solution: Your answer shows that you know what the position requires. Plus, you can prove that you’re the right person to do the work based on past achievements. If you know the employer’s greatest desires and needs, this question will give you a big leg up over other candidates because you will give him better reasons for hiring you than anyone else is likely as reasons are tied directly to his needs.
- What is your greatest strength?
The problem: This is a very common interview question and you should answer in a way that strengthens your work experience and your long-term career goals. You may be a talented computer programmer. But at this time you need to talk about your greatest strength in the workplace, so take some time to think about your professional strengths.
The solution: Prior to an interview, you should have a list mentally prepared of your most significant strengths. You should mention the key-strength like tackling the hard work efficiently and with energy. You should also show a sense of leadership quality and ability to connect with anyone in the team.
- What are your goals?
The problem: Never discuss the goals that you will not be able to complete on time. Your answers should not reflect short time goals.
The solution: Be ready to discuss your goals for each major area of your life: career, personal development and learning and family. Be prepared to describe each purpose regarding specific milestones you wish to accomplish along the way, time periods you’re allotting for accomplishment, why the goal is important to you, and the specific steps you’re taking to achieve it.
- What is your salary requirement?
The problem: Even if you live in a city with a high cost of living or you have unique medical expenses that you need to pay never make it personal. If you don’t feel confident about your recent work and professional accomplishments, now probably isn’t a good time to ask your employer for more money.
The solution: Expect that the employer has a salary range in mind based on what the company pays to people currently in similar roles, as well as what they know about the pay scales of their competitors. The more you know about the industry, the company and the position, the easier it will be to provide an appropriate and competitive salary range.
- Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
The problem: This is a question that a lot of candidates fails in a candidates interview as it can be tricky to answer. If your expectations are too bold, such as, ‘I’d like to be a manager,’ the interviewer could see you as a threat, wanting their job. If your answer is not up to the mark, such as ‘I hope to be in the same type of role,’ you can be seen as not driven or ambitious.
The solution: The interviewer wants to know about your career goals and where this position figures in it. A better answer ties your future plans into your past experience and your selling points. Use this as an opportunity to talk about why you’re interested in them.
- Do you have any questions for me?
The problem: Candidates who pass on this opportunity are missing an opportunity to shine in a candidates interview. Having no questions shows not only a lack of interest in the role or the company but also a total lack of understanding of what the interview process is all about.
The solution: A better answer is asking a question that demonstrates an understanding of the competitive landscape of your particular industry. This will highlight that you’ve given this opportunity some deeper thought. Of course, asking questions regarding what needs to be achieved, or what has made others succeed or fail in the role, as well as questions about how the department fits into the larger whole of the organization, are all great.
The Key Takeaways
It’s difficult to determine what questions you’ll be asked in a candidates interview. But you can check with others who may have interviewed/already work with the organization to gauge what your interviewer could want to know. Or cross-reference the job ad with your resume and work out a possible list of questions. The one thing you can be certain of is that if you go in prepared, you are sure to impress an interviewer.