The main way interviewers assess you is through interview questions. They ask you questions to elicit information from you. That you may already know. But what kind of information are they looking for? They are looking for "any kind" of information that can help them decide whether to choose you or not... over someone else. Don't forget, it's a competitive process. Even if you do well, if another applicant does better, he or she will get the job.
What Information Are Interview Questions Trying to Elicit?
To put it simply, interviewers do not restrict themselves to the substance of your words, but also look at how you convey your thoughts and whether you look sincere. The interview process will also be used to see whether you are a good fit for the organization. After all candidates are interviewed, the impression that you leave behind will probably be the only thing that remains, along with some notes.
A good interview means leaving a lasting impression.
How to Answer Interview Questions
You should keep your answers short and to the point. The more you elaborate, the more you risk to trip or go on a tangent. Be clear as you answer and try to ascertain what the interviewer is trying to get at. Keep in mind that there is no one right way to answer interview questions and that, as stated earlier, your answer is not only the substance of your words, but also includes your delivery. Practice in front of a mirror and with friends. Show confidence and try to relate to the interviewer(s). If there is chemistry, the interview with transform into a conversation as both sides try to gauge each other. Yes, the interview process is there for the interviewer to find more about you, but also for you to find more about the employer.
Some Key Interview Questions
This section lists interview questions and suggested answers. There is no way you can predict what questions you will be asked at an interview. The good news is that you don't need to know. Being prepared for an interview means being ready for the unexpected. It doesn't mean memorizing your answers. That being said, you should be ready to answer some basic questions, such as:
- Why do you want this job?
- Why do you think you would be a good fit for this job?
- Why should we choose you?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
Even if you are not asked these questions, they will inevitably permeate other questions that you will be asked and therefore should be viewed as part of your brainstorming process. Part of preparing for a job interview is reflecting on your values, accomplishments, qualifications and vision for the future. A candidate that has taken the time to reflect on these issues will be better prepared to answer unexpected questions that come his or her way.