Usually, the ice-breaker that sets the tone, this question calls for an understanding of your background and aspirations in relation to the prospective position.
Focus on your knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences that will likely be the most relevant.
This helps the interviewer to determine how honest and self-aware a jobseeker is, and identify any major red flags. The one response you shouldn’t give is “I do not have any major weakness.”
To understand your career goals and possibly your career path, interviewers ask this question to see if you have realistic career expectations.
They want to know if your goals and expectations for growth are a good fit and aligns with organisational goals.
Such a question is to understand if the jobseeker’s personal leadership style aligns with the company culture. It’s also a way to discover if the interviewee can be promoted.
Hiring managers often ask such behavioural questions to find out how you behave and deal with specific types of situations.
The interviewer is finding out how you solve problems, set goals and whether you set unrealistic goals. You also want to emphasise that the first 90 days are also a time to get to know your team and your boss.
It’s unacceptable to say you do not have any questions. During a job interview, it’s a conversation. The employer is checking you out and you should be doing the same thing.
Think about the position that you are interviewing for, and what information you’d like to know that you can’t find elsewhere. These include questions about what success looks like in the role, or company culture.
When responding to questions in an interview, remember to keep it short, positive, and truthful.
Jobseekers who take time to prepare answers to these common interview questions will find job interviews less daunting and harrowing.
This article is contributed by Manpower Singapore.