What To Expect In An Interview And How To Prepare For It.
- 30 September 2020
- Posted by: Sanjana Gavand
- Category: Updates
Interviews are one crucial and the most daunting process before an employee joins a company. Isn’t it? Some may get through with immense ease and some may struggle to do the same. For some, it may be the very first time and some may have known what it feels like answering to questions where the focus is completely on you.
However, when we intend to fear less and try to work on the preparations of the upcoming interview everything seems to fall in place. Thus, the following would be certain questions you may expect since they may be commonly/often asked. However, it is salient to keep in mind that some interviews are structured differently depending on the kind of role you’d be looking for.
What could you expect and how shall you prepare for it?
Certain questions that are commonly/often asked
#1 Tell me about yourself
Candidate mustn’t give their entire employment history. According to Lily Zhang, MIT career counselor suggests using the formula of present, past, future. Where the candidate must explain/ describe what their current role is, then slightly indulge into explaining how they got into the role. At last, explain what their future plans would be regarding the above.
#2 Why did you choose our company?
This question may often be too intimidating since we’re always thinking at the back of our minds about what the answer could be. However, it isn’t worrisome. All a candidate needs to do is notice or research on how the company has grown so far. This shall show that you’re well prepared and that you’re focused too. Talk about how you as an employee could bring some changes or add value to the company in the future.
#3 Why should we hire you?
Here every candidate needs to prove it to the interviewer that they should be chosen over others. How shall you do that? Each candidate must have in-depth knowledge about the company, about the business they’re into. Your knowledge must show it all. You need to convince how dedicated you are over others. Give futuristic ideas and nonetheless, you may consider jotting down a few immediate solutions if at all the company does through certain issues. You may talk about your soft skills that can be more convincing. You never know that may just be unexpectedly impressed!
#4 Tell me a challenge you faced at work
This is very applicable to those candidates who’ve had experience elsewhere. The most basic thing to do is not pretend and rather be honest with what you lacked without getting into specifications. The candidate must explain how he/she overcame that situation and how if in case a similar situation arises, it’d rather be easier or would know what to do instead of facing difficulty.
#5 When did you demonstrate leadership skills in the past?
The candidate needs to explain what leadership means to him/her. Also, never keep in mind that this isn’t a managerial role thus I rather not consider preparing for such questions. The employer may just be looking for someone who has leadership skills. This leads the employer to think of you as a leader from the beginning. The candidate must further showcase what value he/she expects a leader must inculcate and then describe any such incident that may have occurred in the past.
#6 What are you expecting in the new position?
Of course, you expect the new job to be paying you well. Although the employer is expecting something beyond this. You would rather describe what your motivations are, talk about how your skills are perfectly fitting the role you have chosen. Try to enhance your answer by enumerating your long-term goals with the current position you would be taking. This may signal the employer that you’re in the long haul and it may impress them.
To close, it is important to prepare two days/more prior to the interview. Sometimes the time you took may seem too little too. Keeping confidence is an add on and it is a must to have that on the face as well the body language. Alert! It isn’t necessary that employers will be asking the same questions are mentioned above. As mentioned earlier they may differ from company to company, also depending upon the role you take up. Though being prepared won’t make any loss rather may provide confidence to face the illusional fear we usually tend to create in our minds.