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5 Basic Interview Questions Applicants Fail to Answer Properly



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In today’s highly competitive society, landing a job isn’t really that easy. Basically, you need to undergo a series of employing procedures before you will be hired.  The final phase of which is the interview portion wherein you will be facing a panel of interviewers composed mainly of the company’s high ranking officers who will decide whether you will be hired or not after a long deliberation.  Therefore you better prepare an answer for the possible questions.

To some candidates, the interview portion is the most difficult to take in after applying for a position because of the unexpected nerve-wracking questions the interviewers might ask.  Since they already have that in mind from the very start, all the more they become tense and trembling during the interview proper.  If they only knew, the employers’ questions are not really that hard.  It’s just a matter of how confident you are in handling interviews and everything will follow.

It’s sad to note that the interview portion is where most candidates failed to make the cut.  They fail to give satisfying answers to even the most basic questions.  Some of the questions do not really require high intelligence but still the answers provided are disappointing.  The following are some of the basic interview questions most candidates fail to give proper answers for:

1.  Tell me something about yourself

In this question, the interviewer simply wants to know you better to determine if you can really fill in the vacant position and fit in within the company itself.  Oftentimes, some candidates’ answers to this question are unsatisfactory and kind of boring because they simply repeat what was written on their resume.  As a result, they were rejected.

The proper answer to this question should mainly focus on the unique skills you possess that will make you stand out from the rest. Show them what you’ve got and that you are really qualified to handle the position. You may also describe yourself objectively by emphasizing why you will be of value to the company if you will be given the opportunity to be part of it.

2.  What are your weaknesses?

Usually this common question comes after the strengths issue.  In this question, the interviewer is simply assessing the level of your self-awareness rather than the actual weaknesses.  However, some applicants’ answers here are a detailed list of their weaknesses without even attempting to retract their statement at the end of the interview to convert the negative impression into positive.  What a bad move!  The potential employer will really think that you are weak.

The proper answer to this question is to refer a genuine weakness but you should convert it into positive by stating that there’s room for improvement to it.  In this case, the interviewer will have an impression that you are not really that weak because you have an action plan to improve or develop such areas.

3.  Why did you leave your previous job?

Some applicants answer this question by saying negative comments about their past employers or colleagues regarding their attitude or a not so good experience/encounter working with them.  This is definitely one of the biggest mistakes of some applicants because it leaves a bad impression to the interviewer knowing that you will not get along with anybody in a workplace.

The proper answer to this question is to give straightforward statements but present your answer in a positive manner. It’s not really wrong to say that you really had a bad working experience with your previous job if it is really true but you must be tactful in doing that in such a way that you’re not showing any signs of bitterness.

4.   Why do you want to work for us?

This is a very crucial question. Some applicants answer this by emphasizing the benefits that they will get from working in the company where they apply. This is definitely a big NO during job interviews because the interviewer might think that you are only after what they can offer to you. How about you? What can you give to the company? Remember that within the company, there is a symbiotic relationship between the employer and the employee.

The proper answer here is that you will give a couple of reasons why you want to be a part of the company and provide emphasis on the particular aspect that attract you to both the job and the company. Therefore, see to it that before the interview proper, you already have a little knowledge on relevant information about the organization and the position you are applying for.

5.  Why should we hire you?

Most applicants’ common answer to this question is a daring statement indicating that they can do the task or this position is just the same as their previous experience without ever elaborating what their strongest points are for that qualify them for the vacant post.

The proper answer to this question includes an objective assessment of your appropriateness for the position. Perhaps you may boldly state how your previous work experience is suitable for the requirements of the position that you applied. Furthermore, you may give particular examples of your relevant skills and knowledge for your credibility.

Bear in mind that you are competing with other applicants so you need to give excellent answers to the interviewer’s questions and emerge as the most impressive candidate fit for the job. Preparation is the key to success in handling job interviews because you never know what the questions are. Normally, the above mentioned questions are the basic ones and failure to give satisfying answers to these mean only one thing – you are not fit for the job.

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4 comments
Criswell101Dale
Criswell101Dale

@interviewingcom I enjoyed the question about one's weaknesses; however, it is important to turn around the weakness into a strength.

David Greene
David Greene

In my most recent interview, only Q1 above was directly asked. Some of the others questions were asked in a slightly different manner, but wanted the same information. Of course it was behavioral interview, but if prepared with STAR stories, it's not as tense on the interviewee (me). I think I did quite well, but time will tell when I hear from them.

Afifa Siddiqui
Afifa Siddiqui

These are great tips for answering interview questions. Really, candidates should engage in proper interview prep beforehand to assuage nerves and anxiety and to be able to confidently answer these questions. Utilize your resources - have your parents or friends give you a mock interview. Anticipate tricky questions and determine ahead of time what your strengths and weaknesses are. You should work out how to discuss your weaknesses appropriately before your interview so you're not caught off-guard by the question. And remember to do your research! Companies want to know you invested time before your interview, so don't go into a meeting without having at least perused the company website. While it's perfectly acceptable to ask for more information regarding the position, you never want to ask "what do you do here again?" in an interview!

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