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It’s essential to rehearse questions and answers for the interview
One of the most effective methods to prepare for the job interview is by anticipating to the situation and rehearsing possible questions and answers for the interview.
Most of the time the bases of the questions will be the same, even if they’re presented differently.
We’ve seen that there’s a pattern in every interview and with it the most asked questions are:
- How will you be a contribution to our company?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Do you collaborate well?
- Can you be a part of a group without difficulties?
- Why should we hire you and not another candidate?
- What would motivate you to remain in the company?
It’s necessary to rehearse these questions as if you were talking to the interviewer itself and that you want to prove to him that you will be able to perform effective and efficiently.
Try integrating your achievements in your past jobs to those answers, it’s very efficient to answer this way in order for you to demonstrate your abilities as a fact; this works perfectly for questions that require you to talk about your past experiences and how you’ve dealt with difficult situations.
It’s important to specially rehearse a question that no interviewer seems to skip and that many have difficulties with: What are your strengths and weaknesses?
You can go back to the times when you contributed to a company by improving the productivity, increasing the incomes, diminishing the operative costs, etc. and use those contributions as your strengths along with all you think makes you a competitive worker.
It’s a bit harder when it comes to talking about our weaknesses, but the best way to do it is by being honest, looking for ways to amend those weaknesses and turn them into something positive, and seeing how your strengths can compensate your weak points.
It’s also convenient for you to make a list of questions that you want to ask the interviewer. The questions you make will say a lot of you as a candidate, so make sure those questions are focused in self-development, goals in short and/or long periods for the position, or initiatives that the company has. This will not exactly be the right time to ask about raises, vacations or schedule modifications.
Take this opportunity to demonstrate that you are well-informed about the company and that you’ve taken time to do some research. Maybe see if you can include the information that you’ve gathered in your answers to show your knowledge subtly. For example, take an idea that you found interesting during your investigation and think of ways that you can make an impact on the company based on your information. Obviously this is just an idea, you can always prepare questions based on what you think is important, keeping in mind to show your interest in the company and in being a part of it.
Some ideas of questions you can ask are:
- What features does a successful worker have in your company?
- What are the biggest contributions made by past workers in this position?
- What problems will I have to solve?
- Can you tell me about the people that I will be directly working with?
- What methods are used to evaluate the employees?
- When can I expect to receive news from you about my candidacy?
If you’re going to your very first job interview you might ask someone you know and feel comfortable talking to, to rehearse with you and run a simulation of the interview, making him the interviewer; this way you can practice the questions and your answers, maybe make some adjustments to them if something doesn’t seem right. By doing this you’ll also be rehearsing your body language which is extremely important. You can even wear the clothes that you will put on for the interview to make it even more realistic. Try to find a quiet place so that you don’t get interrupted by anyone. Practice the interview from start to finish and rehearse the entrance to the office and the closure with the interviewer.
As we’ve said many other times, practice questions and answers for the interview is the best way to have a successful interview. If you have the time to do it, don’t waste it and start practicing!
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