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Frequently asked questions in the job interview
Are you graduating college and want to work? Are you still studying but want to find a job? Maybe you are the first in your class or you’ve received a job offer while still studying, you’re probably having some doubts that might make you nervous before the interview, doubts that have to do with being uncertain of what’s going to happen once you step inside the company of your dreams. It’s not anything new to feel worried, especially if you don’t have much experience or if it’s your first job. Preparing yourself before the interview will remove at least half of your initial nerves; if you know what questions they’ll be asking you, you can react to them more naturally and respond better as well.
Before listing the frequently asked questions in the job interview, it’s important to mention several aspects that will help you answer more easily and show more self-confidence during the interview.
- Try to feel comfortable when speaking of yourself: Sometimes it can be quite difficult taking about ourselves to other people. The interview is the one opportunity companies have to know who you really are and what you have to offer them as a professional; most of the questions will require you to talk about yourself and they can be asked directly or indirectly. The truth is that while the interview is being held, questions will all be directed towards you, except the ones that ask you for your opinion.
- Don’t be offended if you feel attacked: When a company wants to hire young staff, they need proof that they’ll be choosing the right person and that they will give the position to someone who shows full commitment, this is why they’ll be confirming their doubts throughout the whole interview and sometimes the methods of obtaining the information they want might seem a bit aggressive. What they want is to hire someone that can offer an impeccable service despite their little experience, so be ready to hear things like: “Why you and not someone else?” and answering that question in a way that leaves the recruiters astonished and amazed.
5 Questions you’ll be asked in the interview
The following questions are the basic form of the interrogation, meaning that the way they ask them might be slightly different, but as long as you have these points covered, you’ll be successful.
- Who are you? This question is probably the hardest one as it’s very direct. Since you are a college student still or recently graduated, you’re expected to be insecure, so you must work on this. Try to be professionally coherent, and use special words to describe yourself and your qualifications; this is your opportunity to say good things about yourself, and you have to take advantage of it. It’s important to find a balance between modesty and self-confidence, without being arrogant.
- What did you study? This question will be presented differently in all cases, but the goal of the recruiters when talking about academic achievements is to know how what you studied helped you become a better professional. It’s obvious that you know the dates you studied, but it’s always a good thing to review dates, places, achievements, etc. That way you’ll be sure of what you’re saying, and you’ll be able to defend your knowledge more fluently.
- What makes you weak and strong? It’s important to understand that even if we have a lot of good things to talk about, we will always have flaws, and you won’t be any less valuable because of that. Companies know that and expect the candidates to be honest and show who they truly are. Try to counteract your weaknesses with your strengths.
- How will you be a contribution? Speak deeply about all of your skills and what you have to offer. Think about things that make you special and unique from everyone else trying to get the job, show them how being young and talented will make the company grow and succeed.
- What would you do in this situation? Because you don’t have enough experience, you won’t be asked what you’ve done for companies before; this is why you’ll be asked about what you would do to solve certain things in different scenarios within your specialty zone. Study the company, your position and your abilities, and try to find an unexpected answer focused on increasing the company’s numbers.
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