One of the most common interviews out there is the employment interview. This is the type of interview that most people will face when they are seeking new employment. This can be a very stressful type of interview as you want to be sure you give yourself every opportunity to get the job by making a good impression on the interviewer.
You want to memorize your answers so that you can give them with confidence and without stumbling for what to say but you also want to answer naturally and not come off sounded scripted. You don’t need to remember your answers word for word but you want to have a general idea of how you’re going to answer so that you feel prepared and confident when you go into the interview.
The best way to do this is to have an idea of what questions will be asked at the employment interview so that you can think about how you would answer beforehand instead of being put on the spot. It’s hard to be sure exactly what will be asked at the employment interview since many companies are changing and mixing up the types of interviews they do. For example, they ask traditional, behavioral and mixed interview questions.
However, there are still some basic questions that nearly always get asked and when you familiarize yourself with these, you can go into your employment interview with confidence. For example, you may be asked questions about your last job such as:
• Why did you leave your last job?
• What did you like about your last job?
• What did you dislike about your last job?
• What would your former boss say about you?
Or you may be asked questions about the position you are applying for such as:
• Why do you want to work for us?
• Do you know anyone who works for us?
• What do you feel qualifies you for this position?
• How much do you expect to make?
You might also be asked questions about yourself such as:
• How would you describe yourself?
• What are your long and short range employment goals?
• What are some of your strengths?
• What are your weaknesses?
• Do you work well with others?
• What type of people do you work well the most with?
• What type of people do you not work well with?
All of these questions serve to give the interviewer an idea of what type of employee you would be. Sometimes it’s not the answer to the question that is so important as much as it is how you respond to it. You may be asked to describe difficult situations you have faced in the past, what you did during them and what the outcome was all as a way of seeing what kind of person you are and what kind of worker you might be.
When you go into the employment interview prepared, you can exude the type of confidence any employer would be looking for to hire you. This gives you the best opportunity for success with your interview.