How to Answer?
In a job interview, what you say matters as much as how you say it. So don’t qualify your speech with unnecessary or unconfident adverbs.
1. Not smiling. People like to be around happy people.2. Not making eye contact. Eye contact shows confidence.
3. Knowing nothing about the company. Do your research.
4. Practicing bad posture. Stop crossing your arms. Sit up straight.
5. Fidgeting too much. It can be hard when you are nervous, but try not to act like you are missing your drug fix.
6. Not showing enthusiasm. Act like you want to be there.
7. Complaining about previous jobs. Bad mouthing former employers won’t make you look good to potential new ones. Show some class.
8. Dressing too trendy. Don’t be flashy. Keep it boring and professional.
9. Not asking any questions. Yes, they want to make sure you are the right fit for the job, but you also have to make sure the job is the right fit for you.10. Not being punctual. Arrive a little bit early. If you’re late, don’t bother showing up.
Tell Me About Yourself
So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, segue into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future—why you are really excited for this particular opportunity.
To effectively answer the “Tell Me About Yourself” question, your response should be broken into five categories.
- Recent professional achievements
- Educational achievements
- Applicable skills
- Professional goals
- Reason for interest in the company
Unless necessary, try not to go over 30 seconds per category. That gives you a solid 2 minute and 30 second presentation to start yourself out on the right foot. Try not to go less than two minutes, and avoid going over 3 minutes.
For more details see: http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/tell-me-about-yourself-dos-donts/
At the end of your answer, add a line that shows why your skills and what you just said would make you a good asset for the firm. You should try to do this even with irrelevant questions. The Daily Muse even suggests using the opportunity to ask a question of your own, and when you do that, make it a question that makes you look favorable.
What Are Your Strengths?
Frame your strengths as: ‘I accomplished X, relative to Y, by doing Z.’ Most people would write a résumé like this: ‘Wrote editorials for The New York Times.’ Better would be to say: ‘Had 50 op-eds published compared to average of 6 by most op-ed [writers] as a result of providing deep insight into the following area for three years.’
Source: Google’s senior vice president of people operations Laszlo Bock
What Are Your Weaknesses?
Questions You Can Ask The Interviewer
At the end of a job interview, most potential employers ask if you have any questions. If this makes you nervous, ask the interviewer their opinion, rather then asking a direct question. Frame your question as if you’re asking for the opinion or experience of the interviewer.
For example, instead of asking “What’s the company culture here?” try “What’s your favorite and least favorite thing about office life?” Instead of “How is the company hoping to grow in the next year?” try “What are you most excited about for the company in the next year?
- Is This a New Position, or Are You Looking to Backfill the Role?
- What Are the Expectations for This Role—and How Regularly Are Employees Evaluated?
- What Opportunities Do Employees Have for Professional Growth?
- What Made You Excited About Joining the Company?
What are the common attributes of your top performers?
What are the 5- and 10-year goals of the company? — This tells the interviewer that you’re thinking about the future, and that you care about where the company is going. You’ll get an idea of whether this is a company you want to stick around with or not.