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How to Answer Employers' Favorite Interview Questions

How to Answer Employers' Favorite Interview Questions

Carol Lewis | The Times

ALL that effort honing your application has paid off, now all you need is a snazzy suit, a big smile and some answers. Here we ask recruiters for the answers to their favorite interview questions so that you don’t disappoint.

1. Tell me about yourself.
This is your big chance to sell yourself, so go for it. “Outline the skills and personal qualities that are relevant to the job. The interviewer wants to know how you are going to behave in the role, so draw on real-life ancedotes to illustrate the points you make,” says Lynn Williams, author of The Ultimate Interview Book.

2. What do your work colleagues think of you?
“I like to ask people to consider the third person perspective; they have to think on their feet, and it allows me to assess their self-awareness. I’d also ask what their work colleagues would consider were their strengths and areas for development,” says Geoff Hall, the head of human resources for World Duty Free.

3. Why do you want the job?
“This is a basic but important question,” says Richard Alberg, a senior vice president at Kenexa, a recruitment and retention company. “We are looking for evidence that the candidate has thought about the job, the company, the brand.”

4. What drives you to achieve your objectives?
An interviewer is looking to fulfill certain competencies, in this case motivation and commitment. “You might say ‘I like doing a job well and perform best when stretched’,” says Tim Forster, the head of UK experienced recruitment at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

5. Tell me about a problem you have solved.
Janet Gray, the HR and IT director at Jarvis Hotels, says: “I want to know about the processes and skills used and that they came to a reasonable solution. I want to know how quickly they react, whether they take risks and whether they are able to think off the wall.”

6. What are your weaknesses?
“I don’t take kindly to foolish questions” is the obvious response. A more grown-up answer is to point out a couple of areas where you may need training or development should you get the job.


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