Getting an interview is a bit of a rollercoaster of emotions, of course, you are delighted to be called for an interview, but at the same time, the anxiety starts. To be fair, most people don’t like interviews, but that said, good preparation can leave you feeling much calmer before you walk in the doors. Of course, interviewers will want to ask difficult questions so having a plan for how to answer those will help you immensely, so here is our best advice when the tricky questions pop up.
So, Tell us, What are Your Weaknesses?
The most dreaded question is ‘So, tell us, what are your weaknesses?’. What a loaded question, just how can you answer that without doing yourself out of a job or being bigheaded by saying you don’t have any? Try and find a way of making it positive, something like I can find it hard to stay organised, but as I am aware of this, I have developed my own time management system using to-do-lists and a traffic light coding system for marking priorities.
What Happens When You Are Criticised?
Again, you do not want to be arrogant here, so saying you never get criticism is not the way forward. An acknowledgement is better, something along the lines of, ‘I think criticism is a good way to improve yourself, so I take it on board and look for ways of changing what I do to ensure that it won’t be an issue in the future.’
What do You Dislike About Your Current Job?
Ok, it doesn’t matter if you hate your current employer, this is where you play the diplomacy card. It is better to blame yourself on this one but in a good way. This is the perfect place to mention new challenges and development and slip in a line about this being the perfect place to grow your skills further. To make sure you are not avoiding the question you can use the word dislike by saying that it wasn’t a case of dislike just a need to explore new opportunities.
Watch for Open Questions
A good interviewer will only use closed questions to confirm things like your name. They want you to talk and expand, but you need to guard against over-egging the point and acting like you are sat with a friend for coffee. Remember to stay on topic, don’t ramble, don’t keep apologising and try and answer the question you have been asked. Draw on an example from other roles but keep them pertinent. Do not talk for more than 5 mins without letting the interviewer back into the conversation.
Speak to the Professionals
Here at Outstaff, we know a thing or two about interviews. Our team attend lots of interviews for candidates in all industries, so we are ideally placed to help you learn some great interview techniques. If we do interview you, you are welcome to ask for feedback afterwards just be sure to put any criticism into action and improve!