Preparing for a Job Interview 2020: When it comes to job interviews, it really pays to be prepared. In fact, it doesn’t matter how many times you’ve talked through your resume, laid out your experience and skills, or charmed the interviewer with your friendly yet motivated personality, you should always be looking to improve your interview technique. After all, you never quite know when you’ll get one of those curveball questions that leaves you lost for words.
So, if you’re preparing for that next big interview, it’s important to ensure you’re ready for those most direct of questions. You can work to refine your answers each time, gradually gauging the reception of your answers after each interview, until finally, you land that dream job. Here then, we look at the some of the most common, yet hard-to-answer questions that you’re likely to be asked in an interview.
Why Should We Hire You?
The key to answering this question is to be specific. Recruiters are looking for an answer that details the skills and experience that you can bring to the team. Wherever possible, you should try to relate these directly to the job description or, even better, link them to something the recruiter has previously indicated as important earlier in the interview.
Avoid vague answers such as “being a hard worker” or “being motivated” and tailor your answer to match the qualities the employer is looking for. You can talk about specific experiences in previous positions where you learned something useful to the employer, or you can speak about how your qualifications can bring a different perspective to the team.
Why Do You Want This Job?
This question is your opportunity to show the interviewer how invested you are in this particular company and position. In simple terms, they want to know what you’ve learned about the company and how the specific position will play a part in its growth. Your interviewer wants to see passion, motivation, and potential commitment, so always align the job description with your own personal career goals.
You can speak about how you discovered the job advert, how the company’s history and culture is something that you believe in, how the position itself inspires and motivates you, and also, how you can help the company achieve its future aspirations. However you approach this question, be sure to highlight what the company is looking for as well as what you want.
Why Are You Leaving Your Current Position?
This question often leaves people stumped. After all, surely the reason you are leaving your job is because you’re sick of it—or perhaps because you were fired? Well, whether or not this is the case, this is not the kind of answer you should fire back at your interviewer, and you should always be prepared to answer this question without speaking badly about your previous company or position.
Always focus on the positives, speak about your future career growth and how you are looking for new challenges that will help you to improve yourself. You should also avoid negative judgements on your previous company, and never badmouth specific managers or bosses.
What Are Your Future Goals?
Being asked to think about the future when you’re firmly in the present at an interview can always catch people off guard. However, for the right candidates, employers want to know that you’re not going to jump ship within a few weeks or months.
Here, you should focus on your career goals and how the position and the company can help you achieve those. This should also be tied into what the company is looking to achieve over the coming years, balancing both your needs and the company’s, so you can come to a mutually beneficial agreement on the position itself.