QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR AN INTERVIEW
The Corporate Circle has put together a few of the most commonly asked questions. Encourage a friend or family member to ask you a few of their own questions, this is a wonderful way to prepare yourself for impromptu questions.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Here are a few powerful words to help you when you are discussing your strengths:
- A good communicator
- A good listener
- Hard working
- Takes criticism well
- Enjoys a challenge
Always remember when discussing a weakness to justify it by providing a positive solution. (No one is free of weaknesses!!!!!!)
1. What are some of your short-term goals?
A short-term goal is a goal that you have set yourself to achieve over the next few months. Goals are set so as to better yourself and aid your overall growth. Try to remember that when describing your goal, it should be as realistic as possible. Eg I have enrolled in a 3 month course to improve my Excel skills etc
2. What are your long-term goals and where do you see yourself in 5 years?
The same applies to your long-term goals, please ensure that the answer given to your five year plan relates to your overall progress and goal achievement. Remember to be realistic and relate your goals to the position, which you are applying for. Do not say you plan to be the Marketing Manager of the Company if you are applying for a reception position!
3. Why do you think you are the right person for the job?
When answering a question like this remember to reinforce your strong points, this will not only help you in your argument but will also re-emphasise your strengths.
4. Describe yourself in one word
This is a question that needs a lot of thought, think about positive words that will describe you in your entirety.
5. What did you enjoy most and least about your previous job?
Correlate what you liked the most and the least to the job which you are applying for. If you’ re applying for an administration position do not say you disliked administration most in your previous position etc.