Ace Your Job: Interview Questions and Answers

interview questions and answers
Interview questions and answers to ACE your job interview

Before a job interview, job candidates should always prepare themselves for the questions that they will be asked by the interviewer. Earlier on this blog, we listed many job interview questions that you could be asked. Now, we’ve prepare a guide on how to answer the questions. The objective of these answers is to help you prepare the right mindset before you head out for the interview. These job interview questions and answers will definitely help bring your “A” game to the interview!

How would you describe yourself as an individual?

Keep in mind when you answer this question that you are highlighting your strong points and professional skills which adds value to you and the company.

For example, “I am comfortable adjusting to any situation. I do not get nervous when faced with new challenges, in fact I treat all challenges with a clear mind set and a firm plan.” Add on a situation you experienced to showcase your strengths and abilities.

Tell me something you are passionate about. Other than your career.

Answers to this question can range from your hobbies to social causes. The question is asked to acquire your personal interests and your values as a human being.

For example, “One of my greatest passions is women empowerment. Since I was young, women empowerment has always been close to my heart. As I grew older, I joined local organization to teach uneducated women sewing skills so they can earn by working in a clothing factory.”

It says on your resume that you have experience in (previous experience). Tell us some more about that.

Talk about specific experience relate it back to your previous working experience. Make sure you tell the interviewer about how the experience has helped you grow professionally and how it will bring positivity to the vacancy you have applied for.

Why did you decide to study (your major)?

You can give a wide range of reasons for how you chose your major as a career choice. Your answer can relate back to the original reason or passion that drove you to choose the major. Remember to never say you’re “don’t remember” or that you chose your major because it allows flexible timetable, good working hours, etc.

How has extra-curricular activities helped you better prepare yourself for this job?

Relate back to how the extra-curricular activity has helped bring a positive change in your lifestyle. It can be a physical change or a psychological change.

For example, “Playing college football has molded me in a better team player and I believe that team work can be beneficial in any organization.”

Why did you choose this particular field as a career choice?

You can give a wide range of reasons for how you chose your major as a career choice. Your answer can relate back to the original reason or passion that drove you to choose the major.

The career choice you make is not made based on one key factor. There are many influences such cultural, social, and environmental that lead up to making the decision. Keep in mind to include the other factors that led up to making the final decision for your chosen career.

What do you know about our company?

Answer to this question is very important because it makes or breaks the rest of the interview. The interviewer wants to check out whether you have come prepared or not. Your answer should reflect your research about the company and passion for the job. You don’t have to list everything you read about the organization, just enough to let the interview see that you did your homework.

What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Think of a genuine strengths and weaknesses. Finish up with how you have overcome your weakness and how your strength has helped you grow. Focus on the positive, as opposed to the negative.

For example, “I have always been a team player which I believe is my biggest strength there are times however where I break under pressure which I have to over come but with the right guidance I can work under pressure and over time learn to cope up and do work in stressful situations on my own.”

What makes you qualified for this position?

First, cover that you possess the skillset to do the work, preferably with examples to back it up. For example, design skills for a graphic artist. Secondly, that you can, and will, deliver the best results possible. Lastly, tell the interviewer that you know you will fit in with the company’s work culture and team.

Describe your ideal job.

The question is less about some far fetched ideal job than it is about your passion as an employee and loyalty to the organization. Highlight how your ideal job would make you a better employee. Even if the job you have applied for is your dream job, you need to be able to back up your answer with factual reasons as to why it is, to show passion and ambition.

When were you most satisfied in your previous job?

Talk about your pervious job experience. How it has molded you professionally.

When were you least satisfied in your previous job?

Talk about your previous job experience. Don’t talk for too long on this topic, just brush upon the details which made you feel like you had to switch jobs such as “I felt that I was unable to grow professionally because of the laid-back work culture”.

What is your greatest fear, when it comes to working in teams?

Again, focus on the positive aspect of workplace and touch on the things which make you feel uncomfortable working in teams such as delegation of task or devotion of work among team members. Finish the answer with a positive note to ensure that you are a team player and that there are pro’s and con’s to working in teams and working solo. It really depends on the nature of the task.

Describe your usual role in a team project.

Discuss your usual team role when it comes to team tasks. Such as team leader, designer or writer. The nature of your role will change according to your job and task.

Why are you leaving your current job?

There are many good reasons to leaving a previous job — some could be discussed in a job interview and others you could not. You should always emphasize on moving towards a better opportunity when asked the question. Stay away from negative comments.

How do you deal with stressful situations?

Give an example of a time you were under pressure that in details and describe a thoughtful reaction to a situation that tells your way of dealing with stress.

How do you see yourself growing in the future?

Focus on a realistic future goals.

What growth are you willing to bring to the organization?

Your problem-solving skills, ability to work under pressure, ability to focus on projects, professional expertise, leadership skills, or positive attitude. This is your chance to sell yourself as a potential employee!

What are some of the professional boundaries that you have in mind?

Some examples of professional boundaries you can talk about are: intimate relationships, excessive self-disclosure, over involvement in care, secretive behaviour, preferential treatment, selective communication, flirtations, and sexual misconduct/assault.

How would you dive into this job?

Give a brief step-by-step idea about how you will make things work. Some good ideas are to communicate effectively with your coworkers, keep everything well organized, set short-term and long term personal goals and maintain a positive attitude.