Did you ever play “school,” as a kid? Someone, usually the bossy older sibling, was the teacher and the other unfortunate souls were the unsuspecting students. You made a mock classroom, assigned seats, and the pretend teaching began. What about playing “house”? Every kid took on assigned roles from parent to family dog and imagined life as a family. Many of us enjoyed these pretend scenarios and spent many an afternoon in a world of imagination. One game I bet you never played? Job interview!
No one likes to think about interviewing for a job. The pressure, the stakes, the competition…the questions!! But one thing’s for sure. Just like those pretend games of school and house helped you to prep for the education and family responsibilities of the future. Prepping for a job interview can take the fear out of even this most dreaded exercise.
We’ve prepared a series of common interview questions for you to consider. Answering these questions by yourself or with a friend will do wonders in easing your nerves and giving you to confidence to answer with ease. Planning meaningful answers that highlight your skills will make you an interview champ in no time!
Common Interview Questions to Prepare and Practice:
Why do you think you would do well at this job?
What is your background?
What are your qualifications?
What do you know about the company?
Why do you want to work here?
Why did you apply for this job?
How would your boss or coworkers describe you?
What are your strengths as an employee?
Why should we hire you?
What would you say is your biggest weakness?
Tell me about a mistake you’ve made.
What do you think you need to improve on as employee?
What do you see yourself doing in 5 years / 10 years?
Describe a work challenge or conflict you’ve had and how you handled it.
What is your biggest accomplishment?
Why do you want to leave your current position?