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Answering tricky interview questions

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10:15 AM | 30 March 2017
by Hollie Wong
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I am always asking myself what questions I can expect in an interview and how would I can answer it.

Some people are able to fluke it and answer the questions on the day but most of us (me included) need that extra research and practice to build some confidence.

I am most certainly the latter of these two options, but along the way I've picked up some tips and tricks to smash every interview.

Tell me about yourself?

I've previously made the mistake of talking about family or hobbies when asked this question, though this may work at a different point in the interview, you want to start off stronger by talking about your educational and employment background and the skills you've gained.

So the next time you want to tell the interviewer about your pet dog or what you did on the weekend, take a second to really promote and sell yourself.

Why do you want to work for us?

We all have our reasons for choosing our dream companies - whether it's their creative work, ethical message, or their general popularity, there's always one.

So when asked why you want to work for them, stick to your professional standards. Obviously stay away from money, pension perks, or benefits.

Relate the skills to the companies desires; they need to understand not only why you want to be there, but what you'll bring to the company if successful.

I've gone to an interview without doing the necessary research and let me tell you, have really struggled. So make sure to do some research about the company beforehand, most notably their mission statement and company goals.

What are your main strengths?

Here it's good to talk about a mixture of hard and soft skills that you've obtained across your educational, or professional experiences.

To perfect this note some strengths down in your interview prep and use a mind-map-like structure to link it to different experiences to demonstrate how and when you gained said strengths.

Do you have any questions for me?

This question is a great opportunity to look interested in the company and passionate about the job. Try to prepare some questions so it doesn't seem like you're making them up from off the top of your head.

The best questions to ask:

  • Is there a chance of progression in this role?
  • What problems or issues within the company will my role help solve?
  • Where does the company want to be in five years and how can I help?

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