Interviews for a new job can be scary. They make some people sweat and shake and almost throw up. Most people anticipate and fear the questions they will be asked. In my life, I have had around 10 interviews and each time it got easier and easier because most of the questions I got, I had been asked before. I knew how I wanted to answer these questions in order to score high in the interview. Here are some common questions that you might get asked in an interview and how to answer them efficiently and effectively.
Tell me about yourself. This question can throw people off because they don’t know where to start. I would start off by saying your age and mentioning if you go to school and if so, where. Say what you are studying and what you are majoring in. Mention any past experience you might have had with the job you are applying for. Also, mention any hobbies you might have because believe it or not, employers like to hear about you and what you do for fun. If you are currently working somewhere else, mention that as well. My answer would go something like this: “I am twenty years old, I go to the community college and I am studying Psychology for my major in Child Psychology. I have worked with food in my previous job and I worked there for about two years. In my free time I really like swing dancing and taking martial arts.”
Why did you leave your last job? Never ever mention the bad things about your last job. Be honest but be sure to mention positive things and aspects about the job. You might want to say something like I just wanted to try something new or I wanted a new experience. It could also be because the new job is closer to your home or because it is something you are genuinely interested in. I have said something like, “I am leaving because I wanted to try something new. I have been with my current job for two years and I just wanted to see what else is out there and you seem like a great company to work for.”
What do you like about this company? It is a good idea with any job you are applying for that you do extensive research on it before the interview. If it is a grocery store, make sure you have checked out the products first in case they ask what your favorite one is. If it is anything in retail, make sure you look around the store and look up online what the company is about and what it strives for. I would say, “I like that your (as a makeup store) products do not test on animals and that the staff is always helpful and welcoming when I come in. I would like to be like that and become a part of the team.”
Where do you see yourself in five years? Some places say one year, some say ten years but most places that have interviewed me say five years. You want to sound like you are growing and improving in your life. I always say, “I see myself with my Psychology degree and I see myself educating people in what I believe in. Even if it doesn’t include staying with the job you are applying for, it doesn’t matter. They see people come and go all the time and they know people are going to school for other things too.
What does being on time mean to you? Employers love when you mention being early. Love it. I always say,”Being on time means getting there at least ten minutes early. So that I have time to put away my stuff and clock in.”
Now you are ready for your interview. Good luck!