Interview Questions: What Employers Should Want From Them and What Job Seekers Should Give (Part III)

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Over the past few days, we’ve discussed the top most common interview questions, their purpose for employers/interviewers, and what they mean for job seekers during and after an interview.

As we’ve mentioned throughout this series, it is essential to have an understanding of what these top interview questions entail. As an employer, that means maximizing the amount of crucial information needed to make an educated decision in regards to a candidate, and for job seekers, it means ensuring you are able to answer these questions honestly while still maintaining your credibility so that you can get hired.

In our last post, we gave you the fourth and third most common interview questions, so now it’s time to wrap up our series with the top two most common interview questions taken from Glassdoor.

Take a look below:

2. What are your weaknesses? (Alternatively: What are your weaknesses, how do you intend to fix them, and how have you conquered your past weaknesses?)

Employers: Asking about a candidates weaknesses is a great way to gauge their self-awareness. As an employer. you want people who are looking to continually improve themselves. Look for candidates who highlight their weaknesses as well as indicate an attempt at how they plan to fix them–a great sign that they take initiative. 

Job Seekers: Talking about your weakness can be tricky. While you don’t want to be completely self-deprecating, you also don’t want to come off as arrogant either. First, things first, know your weakness –nothing’s worse than saying “I don’t know.”

Stick to specifics and always provide detailed responses, such as a back-story to your past weaknesses and a back-story to how you’ve fixed them. Also, avoid giving examples of weaknesses that you believe to be strengths, as it may come off like you are avoiding the question (e.g. “I work too hard,” or “I am a perfectionist).

1. What are your strengths? 

Employers: Whether you ask this question early on or towards the end of the interview, take note of the consistency in their responses throughout.

What strengths they choose to concentrate on throughout the interview can also help you judge what qualities and characteristics they value most in themselves and others, which in turn helps you figure out if they are a good cultural fit. 

Job Seekers: The key to answering this question is specifics. Every strength that you discuss needs have a specific example to highlight. Show that it specifically relates to company’s culture and position you are applying for, and how it distinguishes you from the other candidates applying for the job.

Well, that wraps up our series on the top most common interview questions. Job seekers and employers, which questions do you look most forward to in an interview? Let us know by connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter!

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