Published on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:00
Let’s all be honest here. No one really likes going for job interviews. Seriously, how does the rapid succession of answering a bunch of questions quantify our ability to do well in that particular job? Just give us the damn job! But of course, employers can’t just hire everyone simply because they applied for it, so they select prospective employees by typically asking them a mundane, regular set of questions.
1. Tell me about yourself.
I can’t emphasize on how much I loathe this question. Where do you even start? I don’t even think that the interviewer knows what he wants you to say about yourself. I’m guessing that this question is normally asked as an opener.
Don’t go about telling him your whole life story and your family lineage. Confine your answer to work related stuff and only go into personal details when the interviewer asks you.
2. What are your strengths?
Ditch humility for awhile and market yourself like a whore. No, of course not literally like a whore. Figuratively, like a whore. The more you sell yourself, the more the demand will be for you. Simply list out your strengths and give appropriate examples of how it would help in the working environment.
3. What are your weaknesses?
Don’t start ranting off all your personality disorders or fetishes. Stuff like, “I have a weakness for women with big boobs, long hair and a perky ass,” is not encouraged.
You should mask miscellaneous weaknesses that are actually strengths in disguise. Something like, “I take some time in getting ready to go to work because I want to look my best, so I set my alarm two hours in advance.”
4. What do you know about our company and the job you are applying for?
Always, always do your homework on the company before you turn up for the interview. The first information source of the company should be their website, which is where the information is the most factual. Then maybe go on to research reviews of the company if available. The company’s social media platforms are a good source to refer to as well. Be sure to read the job description thoroughly and google whatever details you are not familiar with.
5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Never say, “In the mirror” as true as that is. Give an answer relevant to the line of work, and speak as if you are a motivated individual with zest and vision, even though you might be a lazy bum.
6. Why should we hire you?
As much as you might be tempted to say, “Because I’m awesome, bitch.” That line would most probably not sit well with the interviewer.
Your answer should be related to the job; speak about it in a way that you need the company as much as the company needs you and explain yourself.
There you have it. The most frequently asked, irritating questions you get in an interview. You’re on your own for avant-garde questions like, “If you could be an animal what would you be?” To which I would say a phoenix. Because I just like them. They are really pretty and it also helps that they rise up from the ashes, an answer that interviewers would love as it’s an extremely flattering metaphor for yourself.