Acing Your Next Job Interview
- Posted: Feb 17, 2020 - Credits to: Lade | 522 views
“A good rule of thumb to remember when interviewing is that every interview is about the company and how you will fit in.”
Interview preparations are stressful. We google how to prepare for interviews and learn what questions we should be expecting, but what makes the difference is in how we answer those interview questions. Our responses continue to make the difference between success and unsuccessful interviews.
In this article, I highlight 6 of the most common interview questions I typically come across and my learnings on how to answer each one.
1. Why do you want to work here?
- Does the mission align with yours?
- What can you do for this company’s mission/vision?
The questions above are questions to ask yourself when thinking critically about why you will want to work with a particular organization. Interviewers ask this because they want to understand how hiring you will help further the mission of the organization. Be able to express why you want to work with this company and also give them reasons why they should be interested in you.
2. What gap are you hoping to fill?
- What skills are required?
- How do I match up?
Make sure to go back to re-read the job description when preparing for your next interview and pay attention to the responsibilities and the required experience/skill sections as these sections will give you an idea of what your day-to-day may look like and what gap your potential employer is trying to fill.
💡 Quick tip: Match your application to keywords from the job description.
When you are confident about the expectations of the role, you will be better at inferring what your interviewer will be looking for and how you can present yourself as the best fit.
3. Why are you a good fit?
- What is it about my passion, interests or past experiences that make me the best candidate for this role?
Every interviewer is looking for objective reasons to hire you; your job is to show why you are their best fit. During the interview, highlight how your previous achievements in previous roles make you the best fit.
Learn to use frameworks to structure your achievements. A good practice to adopt is to regularly document your experiences and revise them occasionally so that you can continue to put your best foot forward.
4. How do you see yourself growing here?
- Do you see a future for yourself working here?
- Will the work you will do here challenge you in the way you want to grow career-wise?
When interviewers ask this question, they want to understand your level of self-awareness and your growth mindset. A good employer will want you to grow while working with them. They want to know your growth desires and if the challenges you will face with them will continue to inspire you enough to keep learning with them.
You have to be able to communicate how the role you are interviewing for matches your growth desires and how it also benefits the business mission because If you don’t see a future with your future employer, then what’s the point of even trying to get hired?
5. Why are you leaving your current job?
- Are you running away from something or running towards something?
This question can also be asked differently: “Are you going to be with us long enough to make an impact?”
I will like to stress here that no matter how good or bad you may have it at your current employment, remain positive when answering this question. Everyone changes jobs at some point in this game of life called building a career, including your interview. When responding, focus on the company by reiterating why you want to work with them. Focus your response on how working with them fits your desired career growth and the business mission. Remember that every interview is about the company and how you will fit in.
6. Any questions for us?
“Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers” — Voltaire.
You have reached the end of your interview, and your interviewer asks you this question, how do you respond? This question is still very much a part of the interview questions and could be the difference between hiring you and other candidates.
The types of questions that will make you stand out as a candidate are questions that focus on what you can do for the business. Ask questions that broaden your understanding of the business mission and avoid questions you can google to find the answers.
Always be prepared to answer this question because your interview will ask it.
Bonus: what makes you exceptional?
“Everybody is good; why should we hire you?”
While your interviewer may not ask you this question directly, you can be sure that they will be trying to answer this question during your interview. Keep this in mind and make sure to show your interviewer why you are the best candidate when interviewing.
These are my learnings from my most recent interviews on how to respond to these common questions. These questions are not exhaustive, and there are resources online that also prepare you for interviews (you can google this). One thing to remember is that the difference between a successful candidate and an unsuccessful candidate is the difference in their preparedness.
Good luck at your next interview...