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How to prepare for an interview

You just got the call from your recruiter telling you, you got the interview.

This could be the perfect next step in your career.

Your dream job. Great salary, great work-life balance, ideal culture.

The following interview preparation questions and answers will give you a wealth of knowledge and guide you to help you succeed in your next interview.

The job interview is probably the most important step you will take in your job search journey it’s your best chance to show the hiring manager that you’re the person they’re looking for.

How to answer difficult questions

What are your weaknesses?

  • We all have weaknesses, be self-aware but give an example of what you have done to counteract this within your current role. Who knows it may be a growing strength. 

What can you offer us that other candidates can’t?

  • A tough question, maybe the toughest - but a massive opportunity for you to maximise on. Relate your answer specifically to the job description/requirement using examples of how you have added value to similar professional situations. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 

  • This is your chance to prove you are both goal orientated and ambitious – but also how important this current opportunity is to achieve the goals in your career. 

Tell me about yourself.

  • Do not underestimate the benefits of a personal connection. Be prepared to talk fervently about yourself, your passions & your pastimes. 

It’s imperative to ask questions at the end of the interview this is your last chance to show the interviewer that you’ve done your research and are interested in this company. But it also gives you the chance to confirm that this is the place you want to work.

Questions to leave a lasting impression: 

How would you describe the company's culture? 

This question gives you a broad view of the corporate philosophy of a company and whether it prioritizes employee happiness.

Who do you consider your major competitors? How are you better? 

This question is not for the faint of heart, but it shows that you are already thinking about how you can help the company rise to meet some of its bigger goals 

Beyond the hard skills required to successfully perform this job, what soft skills would serve the company and position best? 

Knowing what skills, the company thinks are important will give you more insight into its culture and its management values, Hoover says, so you can evaluate whether you would fit in.