Yes, it is a fact that each recruiter will perform a particular way of interview and that you probably won’t be able to predict which strange question he/she may or may not ask (be prepared though).
1.Tell me about yourself
Usually, this is one of the first questions asked that will allow you to give a general description of your profile. Don’t go too far from professional descriptions and if you are tempted to tell your recruiter about any hobbies of yours, try to link it to any skill or positive aspect to your future job.
2.What are your weaknesses?
Although we all have areas to improve, no one is willing to confess them while trying to sell the idea of being the perfect candidate. Nevertheless, try to minimize your weaknesses while mentioning “areas you are trying to improve” and, when possible, give clear examples of how you are turning those weaknesses into strengths.
3.Why do you want this job?
Don’t be brutally honest here. Money is not the right thing to say. Try to explain why this opportunity or the enterprise prestige aligns perfectly with your next professional step.
4.What do you know about the company?
This is the moment to see if you have done your homework. Of course the recruiter already knows the organization as he/she works for it, so this question is only to see if you are really willing to be part of that particular company or you’re just a compulsive applier to every job offer that you see.
5.Why should we hire you?
Simple: because you are you, you are what they need and you have the skills, energy and ideas that will improve the company performance. Now try to convert this into a real-fact pitch answer, combining your strengths, your experience and your knowing about the job.
6.Where do you see yourself five years from now?
It seems a simple question, yet it sure is tricky. Say “I want to be the boss” and watch yourself turn directly into a threat. Show ambition but not too much. Try to express that you want to stay in the company, but most of all, show what you are willing to achieve, learn and how you can project a greater and more professional version of you.
7.What are you looking for in a new position?
Be honest. Looking for a job is also about a win/win decision. Try to express what you really want to do/learn/gain in this new job.
8.What are your salary requirements?
You will probably need to do some research first. Find out how much the market is paying for the position you are applying and/or for your seniority. When possible, use a range instead of a number and always say that you are willing to negotiate. If you prefer and you have sketched a walk-away salary in your head, you may want to reveal it (though this may seem arrogant if you go straight to it).
9.Why did you leave (or why are you planning to leave) your job?
Let’s face it, this will be the more disguised answer of all the interview as you should never talk bad things about your former (or still current) job. Yes, even if you know it’s true. Try stating your leaving reason in a positive context or just say that you are ready to take your next career step.
10.Do you have any questions?
This is actually your chance to show great interest. This is not just a formality, it’s the opportunity to ask about how the process is going to continue, to clarify any point you need, to inquire about your future colleagues, etc.
Now that you know the most common interview questions, prepare yourself and show the world who you really are and what kind of professional you can be!