Being familiar with some commonly asked interview questions and thinking about them carefully can make a good interview a great interview. Young people will feel more confident and be able to adapt information and life experience they have thought about to virtually any question.
By thinking carefully about these questions, young people will have an advantage over others who approach interviews unprepared. It is so easy to forget to mention valuable skills and experience. Thinking about questions will minimize the chances of this happening. Here are some frequently asked questions which are good to think about before important interviews.
Tell me about something about yourself. How do you spend your free time? What are your interests, hobbies?
Basically, the interviewer is simply trying to break the ice and help you to relax. This is your opportunity to show that you are a person who has a wide variety of interests and experience, to demonstrate that you are an interesting person. If you think about this question, everyone has something to talk about. But don’t invent things. There are few things worse than fabricating experience at an interview. You will either look ill at ease or look silly when the interviewer asks you to elaborate.
What are your ambitions? What are your goals for the future?
These don’t have to be limited to academic/career areas. You could also talk about personal goals such as becoming financially secure or even traveling to a particular country you are interested in.
Why are you applying for this particular course/job/position?
Know the special features that impress you. What do you know about the course or company that you see as interesting, challenging or special? It’s always important to check the organization or institution website. Be aware of recent changes, special features and the mission statement. Are there new plans for expansion? Why do you see these as interesting or matching your own goals? Don’t forget to specifically outline why you would be a good candidate and briefly outline the skills, qualities and experience you have that make you suitable.
What skills and qualities do you think are necessary to be successful in this career area/course?
Think carefully about this and be able to say why these skills and qualities are needed. If you haven’t done so in a previous question, show how you have acquired these. Give specific examples.
Do you have these skills and qualities?
Interviewers often ask questions like this because interviewees have not gone on to give examples of their own experiences, skills and qualities after being asked questions like the previous one. If there is a particular skill or quality the interviewer mentions that you don’t have, be honest about this. You can always say that you are happy to learn new skills and develop as a person. This is a good mindset to have and will impress the interviewer more than a candidate who tries to fabricate answers and experience.
Many people leave an interview and then remember all of the great examples of experience and skills they have which they omitted to mention at all. Going through questions like those outlined here can make sure you make the best impression possible in that important interview.