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Here’s How You Can Better Answer 7 Common Interview Questions

Acing the job interview requires that job candidates take the time to prepare. We deconstruct 7 common interview questions and how you can answer them. — Contributed by Manpower Singapore

Tell me about yourself.

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.

What’s your biggest weakness?

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.”

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

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.

What do you look for in a boss?

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.

Tell me about a time when….?

Hiring managers often ask such behavioural questions to find out how you behave and deal with specific types of situations.

What would you do in the first 90 days on the job?

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 is also a time to get to know your team and your boss.

What questions do you have for me?

It’s unacceptable to say you do not have any questions. During an 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.

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