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Suggested Interview Q&A

These are some of the suggested Question & Answers

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

This question seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it's crucial. Don't give your complete employment (or personal) history. Instead keep it short and give a simple introduction about yourself including your job skills — one that’s concise and compelling and that shows exactly why you’re the right fit for the job. They are trying to see how well you can express yourself. Do try to give some examples to support your responses.

Use the “Present-Past-Future” formula. So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, talk a little about the past —a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.

Example: I am punctual and responsible. I get a great sense of satisfaction whenever I complete a task on time. For example, at my previous job, I had to deliver the parcels on time to different companies since every parcel is needed urgently. I am a quick learner and a hard worker. I have been driving the delivery trucks for many years and hence I believe I can make use of my skill sets on this job too.

What do you know about the company?

Do some research beforehand to find out about this company. Find out what are the services they offer or the things that they do. So, when interviewers ask this, you will be prepared. Start with one line that shows you understand the company's goals, using a couple key words and phrases from the website, but then go on to make it personal. Say, “I’m personally drawn to this mission because…” or “I really believe in this approach because…” and share a personal example or two.

Why are you leaving your current job?

This is a difficult question, but rest assured will definitely be asked. Make sure to give a positive remark and do not talk bad about anyone in your previous company. Say things along the line about challenging yourself. Frame things in a way that shows that you are eager to take on new opportunities and that the role you are interviewing for is a better fit for you than your current or last position.

Example: I left my last job because I want to challenge myself and learn something new. I have been in this field for quite sometime and it will be nice to do something that is different from my previous job so that I can further improve my skillsets.

What experience do you have in this field?

Talk about your experience that is related to this field. If this is your first time, try to talk about any skillsets or experience that are closely related. Never answer no.

Things to include:

Past working experience if related. If not, skillsets from your previous jobs or training you had that can be applied to your current job. Your quick learning ability and your pace of learning in the past when you learnt a certain skillset.

What is your greatest strength?

This is your chance to slightly brag. Try to mention strengths that can be applied to this job.

Example: My greatest strength is that I like to constantly improve myself and I have a lot of initiative. I always try to see how I can further improve certain ways of doing things so that I can be more efficient and save both time and money. (Give an example to support your statement)

What are some of your weaknesses?

Do no talk about any weaknesses that you have. Instead, turn your weaknesses into strengths to your employer’s advantage.

What are your salary requirements?

The #1 rule of answering this question is doing your research on what you should be paid based on your experience, education, and skills. Make sure the hiring manager knows that you're flexible. You're communicating that you know your skills are valuable, but that you want the job and are willing to negotiate especially if you have had a break in your career.

Do You Have Any Questions for Us?

Translation: Have You Really Been Listening?

This will require some thinking on your feet. As you’re going along in the interview, be thinking which key areas—job duties, company culture, the team you’ll be working with—haven’t been covered yet, so you can target your questions there. You can also prepare ahead of time by thinking of more non-traditional questions, or ask questions targeted to the interviewer herself, which probably won’t be covered in the interview.

Example: “How soon will I be able to be start?” And  “Do you have any expectations or requirements?”

Remember, there’s no “right” answer to an interview question—or at least not one that’s right for every job. But by thinking about what an interviewer is really after, you can go a long way in showing them why you are right for the job.

All the best.