If you're interviewing for your first job out of college, you may be feeling intimidated by the thought of having to respond to questions that sound much more complicated than anything you've ever heard in class. Don't worry—the kinds of questions asked in most interviews aren't as difficult as they seem! In fact, many of them are fairly straightforward and easy to answer if you know what to look out for.
In this article, we'll give you examples of the most common interview questions and how best to answer them—so you can ace the interview and get that job offer!
Tell me about yourself
I'm excited about the opportunity and grateful for it as well. I'm hard-working, dependable, and an incredibly fast learner which is why my co-workers all feel comfortable asking me for help even when they don't know how to do something themselves.
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Why are you interested in this position?
I am very interested in this position because I have been looking for a challenging and fast-paced job that will offer me opportunities for growth. You mentioned in your ad that your team has grown at an impressive rate which is a testament to how much potential you offer. I am confident I would excel in this role and can't wait to work with you!
What do you know about our company?
I know your company operates in a niche market, with a great deal of competition. That's why I am certain that my skills and experience are just what you are looking for. It sounds like you have an excellent track record.
What relevant experience do you have for this job?
I have a degree in journalism and have spent the last few years freelancing as an art and culture writer. My experience includes being published in several top-tier magazines and newspapers, while I was still a student. I'm comfortable balancing creative endeavours with journalistic ones and I've worked as both an editor and a writer at various publications.
What are your greatest strengths?
I would say my greatest strengths are my problem-solving skills and my tenacity. I'm always looking for a new challenge, whether it's in school or at work. Plus, if a project isn't going well, I never give up - I just keep working until I find an answer.
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What are your weaknesses?
Don't be afraid to answer this question, but don't make it too personal or bring up any issues you've had that are irrelevant to the position. Instead, think of something you could work on in order to improve your skills for this particular position.
Do you have any questions for me?
Asking interviewers a question is a great way to show your interest in the position, build rapport with your interviewer, and keep them on their toes. Plus, asking questions can help you gather information about what it's like working at their company so you can make an informed decision.
For example: What are your core values? Can you explain more about that?