These questions are designed to help the employer learn more about you, your interests, and what you have to offer a position. The goal is to build a rapport while getting to know each other in a low-stress environment. Answer each question thoughtfully and honestly. Do not try to make something up that you think the employer wants to hear.
Q: Tell Me About Yourself:
- Respond with a quick, about a 15-30 second snapshot of who you are and why you’re the best candidate for this position. This is often referred to as your “elevator pitch”.
Q: Why are you interested in/what attracted you to this position?
- The interviewer is trying to determine how you may fit the position and how motivated you will be once hired
- Explain why the position interests you, how it aligns with your current and future career goals, and describe what you will bring to the role
- Offer insight that shows you understand the company and job role
- Salary should not be included in your answer
Q: Why should we hire you for this position?
- Provide reasons why you are the best candidate and how you will “fit” in with the organization
- Think about how your skills match the needs of the job and what unique skills/characteristics/experiences will set you apart
- Mention if you have successfully done similar work before
Q: What are your strengths? What are you good at?
- The interviewer wants to know how your skills align with the needs of the role and how accurately you view your strengths
- Relate how the strength is important to the role you are seeking or to a skill outlined in the job description and provide an example of how you have used your strength
- Be proud but not arrogant, and don’t worry about sounding boastful, this is your opportunity to express what you know you are good at
- Do not choose cliché answers, such as, “I am a people person”
Q: What weaknesses do you have? What is something you want to improve about yourself?
- The interviewer is trying to determine how self-aware you are, whether or not you will be honest, and if you are willing to improve yourself
- Be honest, pick weaknesses you have, not what you think the interviewer wants to hear
- Talk about a skill you would like to develop and share an example of how you are already working on strengthening an area
- Do not select cliché answers, such as, “I’m a perfectionist”
Q: What are your long-term goals / What are your future career plans?
- Express your commitment to the profession and/or your commitment to the organization
- Remember to keep your answer fairly general