Top 10 Interview Questions & How to Answer Them

Interviews are anxiety-inducing for even the most extroverted individuals with amazing public speaking skills. Wanting to land your dream job, or any job that will assist with paying the bills or giving you a little extra money to play with is enough to make you want the interview to go as well as possible. Here are the top 10 interview questions to keep in mind to ensure you’re as prepared as possible.

  1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? Here you will need to talk about your education, experience, likes, and why you are the best person for the job.
  2. Why do you want this job? Here you will be showing the employer what you know about the company and the position you are applying for, so be sure to do your research before you go. Let them know exactly which parts of the company and the position you are drawn to and why.
  3. Why should we hire you? This is your chance to make your elevator pitch; a concise, confident, and focused sales pitch on what you have to offer.
  4. What is your greatest strength? The rule of thumb here is to show rather than tell. Saying you are a great problem solver doesn’t mean much if you can’t show them by telling them a story of how you’ve solved a problem in the workplace in the past.
  5. What is your greatest weakness? Hiring managers want to be sure the right candidate is willing to take on challenges and learn new things. If you can, try to think of a weakness you have that can also be seen as a strength.
  6. Why are you leaving your current position, or why did you leave? Keep it positive, but be honest about your situation.
  7. What are your salary expectations? This is always a tough one as you don’t want to undersell yourself, but you also don’t want to have a price tag too high that you lose the opportunity altogether. Our tip here would be to do some research on Gumtree; what are similar positions being advertised for?
  8. How do you handle stress or pressure on the job? The hiring manager wants to know that you will not crumble at the smallest bit of pressure. Do you work well in high-stress situations? How do you act and what do you do to fix a high-pressure situation?
  9. Describe a difficult project or situation you handled successfully or positively. There is no right or wrong answer here, but it can be difficult to think of a situation at the drop of a hat, so have your story ready before you go to the interview.
  10. What are your future goals? Here you will need to let the hiring manager know if you are looking for something temporary as fill-in, or if you are looking to climb the ladder.

Now that you’ve got the knowledge, it’s time to find your dream job! Head to gumtree.co.za or your Gumtree app (click for Apple & Android) and don’t forget to use your location settings to find jobs close to your business.

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