When you go in for a job interview there are many questions that an employer may ask you. Here is a list of three questions that are most commonly used.
Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
There is no right or wrong answer to this question, but it is best to not indicate that you see yourself leaving the company or expecting to be moving up within the company. When an employer looks to hire an employee, they are looking for someone to train once and stay with them for a long time. An employer is not looking to train someone and then have them leave, especially when they have invested so much time and energy into this employee. Many employees do move up in a company or go to a new company within 5-10 years, but making your goal to leave the position quickly will not be ideal for the company and may make the company decide to not hire you. A safe response is to leave the question open and indicate that you do not know where you see yourself within 5-10 years, but you are looking to stay within the job and possibly take on more responsibilities outside of your job description.
Why did you apply for this position?
Be specific when answering this question. Let them know if it is because of the company. A company wants to hire someone who is excited to work for them. If this is due to the job specifically, provide reasons as to why this job is so important. Is this a job you love? Is this a job that you feel you are best at? Is this a position you believe you can do well and stay within for a long time?
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Most employers will ask for several of each. This is your chance to present your good and bad qualities in a positive way.
- Your strengths are your positive qualities. Whether you chose to say that you are a hard worker, have a positive attitude, are a team player, etc, indicate how you used these strengths in your job and how they are valuable to your character and to the companies needs. For example, if you indicate you are hardworking, showcase how your hard work was used in past jobs whether through projects or through working weekends.
- Your weaknesses are your negative qualities, but it does not mean they are bad and will not get you the job. Whether you chose to say that you are aggressive, easily stressed, or hot tempered, you can change them to be strengths. For example, you could say you are aggressive and hot tempered and are working to improve on this, but that you are aggressive and temperamental because you are not a procrastinator and like to perform tasks within a timely manner. Not being able to perform a task to your best ability is what makes you so easily stressed. To conquer these negative qualities, you look to set goals to make sure you can meet deadlines so that you can avoid these weaknesses becoming an issue.
These are only a few of many questions that could be asked of you, but each one listed is one that can be the hardest to answer as they are not simply related to your experience, job skills, or education. These questions help to answer to the employer who you are and whether you are a good candidate and the best fit for the position.