Interviewers today will ask a job seeker different questions in order to know your attitude, find out if you know the company’s policies, and test your abilities in solving problems, among others. Your answers to these questions will tell whether you are the right candidate.
Tell me something about yourself?
This question is usually asked at the beginning of an interview to see how best you can sell yourself and to know what you are able to say about yourself. Here, you ought to be precise because there is more to say about yourself in the next questions.
“There is usually no time to dwell on irrelevant issues such as your relationship status and hobbies. Whatever you mention should be professional. Describe your career journey in the fewest words possible,” explains Paul Wayero, a manager at Save the Children.
Describe your education background and career paths that are important and explain why you think the employer should hire you. You should be able to say something unique about yourself rather than saying what any other interviewee may have crammed to say.
How did you hear about the company?
You probably got to know about the job through a friend, an employee in the company, a newspaper aert or through Brighter Monday. Say it! And emphasise what made you excited about it. Mention what made you apply for it and be enthusiastic about it.
What do you know about our company?
By asking this question, employers want to be sure you are interested in the job you are being interviewed for and the company as well. You should have researched about it and known their policies and goals.
“If you have not researched about the company to know what they do and how they do it, the interviewer will conclude you are not the right candidate for the job and may assume you are there by mistake,” says Mr Paul Wamboga, a principal health inspector.
What makes you think you are the right person for this job or why should we hire you?
This is also a platform to ‘market’ yourself for the job. It is an opportunity to say out your strongest points. Mr Wayero says it’s okay to think about this question before the interview and find an appropriate answer. You should be able to highlight why the company fits so well or matches your career goals. “Well, it may be your dream job and you are right to acknowledge so but that alone isn’t a convincing reason”.
Why did you leave your previous job?
Usually, this question is meant to test your attitude. You will feel free to answer it if you left your work place in good terms with your boss, if your internship came to an end or if your contract ended. However, it will sound intimidating if you were fired for under performance or malpractice. “For whatever reason, be as honest as possible. Avoid being negative because it doesn’t pay to say negative things about your previous job or boss.
This will only alert the interviewer that you may say the same about their company or boss when you leave. Your answer to this question alone can tell if the company can trust you or not”.
If one prepares themselves adequately, George Kintu, an aocate notes, they will not find the questions hard to answer.
Have what is written in your resume at your fingertips. An interview is basically verification of your resume and an opportunity for the employer to know who they are hiring. Through questioning, interviewers will judge from answers to separate sheep from goats.