Common interview questions
The interview gives the employer the opportunity to see how you react in various situations, especially stress-related ones. This is a chance not only to sell yourself, but also to convince and reassure the employer.
During the interview, give concrete examples to support your affirmations. And remember that being professional, natural, open-minded, attentive and enthusiastic will be to your advantage.
Because an interview is an opportunity to exchange information, you can also ask questions.
- Tell me about yourself.
Answer concisely (2 to 3 minutes). Memorize a short version of your CV, including your work objectives.
- What are your strong points?
Prepare a list of your five best qualities.
- What are your weaknesses?
When you are asked this question, mention a flaw that can also be a quality.
For example, you could say that you expect a lot of yourself. The interviewer may then ask you to name a “real” fault, in which case you should have a “Plan B”. It is important to show that you are aware of your faults and that you are working on them.
For example, you could say that you expect as much of others as you do of yourself but that you realize that not everyone has the same abilities and standards.
- Why should we hire you?
Prepare a response that will highlight your good qualities and skills in terms of the position for which you are applying.
- Do you have any experience?
If you acquired experience in a position similar to the one you want, say so. You could also mention some of your skills (e.g., you’re a fast learner), that you enjoy a challenge and that they could train you.
It is important to show that you possess the appropriate qualifications. You could cite some examples of extracurricular, sports or volunteer experience where you’ve developed skills that could help you land the job.
- Do you have any weak subjects in school?
If you don’t, say so immediately and tell the interviewer your average grade. If you do, say that there are certain areas in which you are making progress, that you never miss an opportunity to improve and that you are working very hard.
The interviewer may describe a hypothetical situation that may arise in the position and ask for your reaction to the challenge. In this case, remember the skill requirements (if there were any) and take them into consideration when you respond, highlighting your problem-solving abilities. If you don’t have an answer, you could say that you would go ask the advice of an experienced co-worker to find and apply the best solution.