No matter how sweet your cherry on top is, a fruit tart with a weak crust – is a lousy fruit tart.
The issue with so many interviewees today is that they spend too much time preparing for the fanciful questions (which by the way, have a much lower chance of being asked), instead of the basic ones that are always asked. They skimp through these questions with a belittling attitude, and that unfortunately, is often the reason why they miss the cut. Here are 3 basic questions and some tips for you to ace the case:
1) Tell me more about yourself?
Usually asked at the very beginning of the interview to serve as an icebreaker, and as a way for the interviewer to better understand you, and understand you personally. Use this opportunity to share who you really are; your hobbies, interests, beliefs and principles in life.
If possible, make subtle connections between interesting facts and skill-sets needed for the job you’re applying for. For example, “I love playing sports and have been in team sports for over 6 years. I particularly enjoy the camaraderie and team spirit fostered during tough training and competitions.”
2) Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
This question usually aims to find out how you will respond to and cope with difficulties, that you might potentially face during work. A good structure to follow in answering such behavioral questions, is by using this 3-part formula:
Situation — What happened?
Action — What did you do?
Result — What was the outcome?
To get a better understanding of how to answer this question, you can refer to this article.
3) Why should we hire you?
As intimidating as this question might sound, it’s actually the perfect opportunity for you to sell yourself and your skill-sets to the interviewer. Here are 3 aspects that are good for you to include in your answer:
- How you’re able to do awesome work
- How you’ll be able to fit into the company and its culture with no problems
- Why you would be a better candidate over the rest
For further inspiration on how to tackle this question, refer to this article.
As Benjamin Franklin had so wisely said, “If you fail to plan, you’re planning to fail”. Read these more commonly asked interview questions if you need further help.
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Editor: Bryan Lee