Indeed, you shine in your resume or in your CV, but the only way you can save your place in the company you applied for is to ace the interview level of the selection process.
So many young adults see their interviews as one of the biggest challenges of their lives. They develop a sort of nervousness and start questioning themselves how do they handle those questions that will be asked in the interviews, how to answer those questions, an individual starts stuttering while answering questions out of nervousness which makes the interviewers think that the candidate lacks confidence in them.
The art of always giving perfect answers in an interview is a craft and, in this article, we will be helping you to learn how to give those answers.
Perfect Guide To Give Perfect Answers In An Interview
1) Think from the interviewer’s point of view
Instead of thinking about what answer are you going to give in an interview, try hacking the mind of the interviewer and focus on what must be the employer thinking and what is he looking for in you, what does a prospective look like in their eyes.
2) Preparation is the key
Always remember to prepare for common questions asked in the interviews like,
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- List some of your skills.
- What is your professional achievement?
- What can you bring to the company?
- Why are you leaving your current job?
- What is your management style?
- Are you aware about our company?
- What motivates you?
- What is your dream job?
- Do you have any questions for us?
- What are your hobbies and interests?
- Why do you want to work with our company?
To learn about more such questions and their answers, you can also read other articles on our websites, depending upon the types of jobs you are applying for.
You can also prepare for some common and perfect phrases that you can use to ace the small talks with the employer.
3) Keep practicing
“Practice makes a man perfect”. So, in order to give perfect answers in an interview keep practicing answers to common questions asked in some interviews. You can practice by improvising by looking at the mirror or you could use a friend.
4) Be yourself
When I interview people, I look at their values. I always say that the best chance of success is if the individual’s values are aligned with the corporate values. – Paul Polman
The interviewer is looking for honest answers from your side, so don’t fake your identity and personality for the sake of getting hired in an interview.
5) Be confident
Do not look at your interview as an interrogation. Treat it as communication, be confident while answering their questions, and be confident enough to ask if you arise a question in your mind. The question you ask the interviewer in interviewer is as important as the question that the interviewer asks you. That is how an interviewer will know that you match his checklist of a perfect candidate for the position.
If possible, be prepared with a list of questions that you want to ask the employer, so that you have ready to ask questions when the interviewer says, “Do you have any questions for us in your mind?”
Being under confident will blow you chances to ace that interview.
Jason Vincik once said,
Never be nervous when given the opportunity to market your skills and talent. It is the only time people are genuinely interested in hearing you talk about yourself.
6) Do the research
Always do the research about the job and the copy as the more information you will be having about the company, the better equipped you will be to answer the questions like, “Are you aware of our company and it’s working?” asked in an interview.
7) Back your answers with examples
When an employer asks you a question and you respond by giving an answer backed by a real-life example of how you handled or managed a task or work or how did you benefit from your past jobs, the chances of you being hired by the employer increases. You can share your accomplishments in examples that are related to the job you are interviewing for. This will show the employer that you are capable, skilled, and qualified enough for the job and hence, you are the perfect fit for the company.
This way of answering questions is known as STAR Method (Situation, Task, Action Result) of interviewing. To know more about this method,
8) Do the right choice of words
A good vocabulary can be really helpful to convey a better impression of you in front of the employer. To increase your communication skills and enhance your vocabulary to give a powerful impression you can read: Word Power Made Easy, by Norman Lewis.
9) Do not rush
Interviews indeed are nerve-wracking, but in the rush of getting hired, do not rush with your answers. Remain calm and compose. Do not rush to get out of a question. Take your own time before giving the interview and while giving the interview answers.
10) Give to the point answers
Respond only to the question that is being asked to you by the employer as they are not interested in listening to the whole podcast about your life, give direct and relevant answers, and do not get off-topic. Carefully listen to the question being asked. Do not share any unimportant details like, how you did not like your previous job and how you think this job is better than the last one. This will reduce your chances of getting hired.
Some Perfect Answers to Common Interview Questions
1) Tell me something about yourself
Answer: A perfect answer to this question could include your introduction, 2-3 adjectives describing the kind of person you are, your key skills related to the job and what do you love doing, your interests and hobbies relatable to the job.
For example: “I am a management student and a learner. I have previous industry experience at ASAVA company, where I worked for 3 years as a Senior Manager. Some of my new interests include learning coding and data management and hence, I am super excited to work in your company and learn new things by contributing my key skills to the organization.”
2) Where do you see yourself in “X” years?
Answers: It is the most common question that is asked in every interview. Do not answer this question by saying that you are wanting to work for the company you have applied to work for forever, because even an employer knows that you won’t.
For Example: “Well, for now, I am really looking forward to working with your company as I can see myself learn and grow here. There are few courses that I want to learn in the coming years including data specialization from the U.S., so I would hope to work on that as soon as possible. I have additional projects planned out for the next 2 years that would help me write research papers and enhance my industry knowledge.”
3) How do you evaluate success?
Answer: “Success, according to me is the growth I see in myself. Success also attributes to what impact I am making in the life of people I work for as in and in the life of the people in my personal life as well. Being hired for this job will be a success to me.”
You can answer this question from the point of the field you belong to.
4) What motivates you in your life?
Answer: “I am really motivated by Jay Shetty (Name of the person whom you take influence from) as the way he follows his passion and motivates others to follow their passion is really been an influence for me. I have always been passionate about the subject for which I have applied for the job. Making a true difference in the work-life is what motivates me to get out of bed every morning.”
5) Why do you want to work with our company?
Answer: The research that you did for the company will be the master weapon to answer this question. Mention the details and aspects of the company that aligns with your future and present work goals.
6) Why should we hire you?
Answer: “You should hire me because I am an experienced candidate and my skills are aligned with the job requirements. I have ideas and the skills to execute them for the betterment of the company. I’m well versed with the company and its background. I am a great learner so it will be easy for the company to teach me the basics.”
The more answers you know, the more thorough will your preparation for the selection process. These were some examples of common questions. Remember the guide to give perfect answers and ace that interview by standing out from your competitors. I hope your answers provide you success. I hope you enjoyed reading the article. Comment below what you like about the article and share it with your friends and teammates.
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