It’s no secret that hiring managers are busy people. For a single position, they need to review more than a hundred of resumes, contact applicants to invite them in for an interview, schedule the appointments, and then make the difficult decision that will change the life of one lucky applicant. What this means for them is that time is money and they can’t afford to play around.
Considering that a job interview takes about forty minutes on average, employers ensure they make the best use of their allocated time. So, they only ask questions that are purposeful and can get as much information from the job candidates as possible.
For this reason, they tend to focus on three main types of interview questions:
- What skills do you have?
- How passionate are you about the job?
- Are you a good fit for the position?
Even though these three questions are closely related to one another, each one has a different goal. In fact, each question represents another set of questions that aim to reveal certain characteristics about an individual. What this means is that there are different variations of the same type of questions. So even if interviewers are asking them differently each question is trying to get information about three areas mentioned above.
What Are Your Skills?
Questions in this category help interviewers understand what you can do for them. Here are some examples:
- Tell me about yourself
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- Why do you think you are a good candidate for this job?
- What can you bring to the job?
What’s good about this type of question is that you can choose what the answer will be. When you start talking about yourself you should only refer to the skills that you believe are your biggest selling points. If you want to make a good impression, make sure that those skills are relevant to the job you are applying for.
Answering this question requires that you think about the skills that you need for the job focusing on the knowledge and experience you have gained in a similar position in the past. A great answer for this would be your sales/elevator pitch.
How Passionate Are You?
Employers will want to assess your determination, dedication and enthusiasm about the job. If you want to convince them you have what it takes to be considered for the position, you have to demonstrate your interest in the job the best way possible.
During the interview, show employers that you know a thing or two about the company to help them realise that you care about the job and that you are not there to get just ‘any job’. This will also let interviewers know that you are taking this seriously and you don’t want to waste your time or theirs.
These are the questions you are most likely to be asked:
- What motivates you?
- What do you know about the company?
- What is your biggest accomplishment?
- Why do you want to work for this company?
- Why do you think this job is right for you?
Are You a Good Fit?
Before they make a decision, employers will attempt to assess whether you are a good fit for the company. So they are more likely to ask questions that will help them find out more about your work style, how you communicate with other people or if you share the same values as them. Here are some questions you may be asked and should be aware of:
- What makes you a good team player?
- How would you describe the way you work?
- If you were an animal, which one would you rather be?
- How would your friends/colleagues describe you?
The best way to answer this question is to prepare for it in advance. Think about specific examples that you can relate to real-life situations – or better yet, create a story about it to make it more interesting. For example, you could talk about a time when your teamwork skills have helped your team achieve a goal. Just make sure you are being yourself and you are honest about it.
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If you prepare an answer for each of these three important questions, then you will be much more confident and in a better position to convince employers that you are the person they need for the job.
Have you ever been asked these questions in a job interview? What was your response? Let me know in the comments section below…