Back on December 9, 2014, I did a blog post on answering three key interview questions. Over the weekend, I received a Facebook message from a student journalist about to interview for her first post-graduate job. She asked if I could do some interview prep with her, including some of those tricky questions that potential employers love to throw out. So below, I’m asking and answering another three questions for your reading pleasure.
- Tell me something about yourself. This is a trap. People hear it and they tend to ramble on and on without giving an employer a sense of what you can do. Prepare bullet points in your head on work-related items. Talk about your previous job — or internship if you’re still in school — and how what you learned on it makes you the best candidate for the current job you’re interviewing for.
- What do you know about our company? I am always amazed at how many people don’t do any research on a company before coming into a job. If you have a LinkedIn account, you can research companies there. Also do a simple Google search (both web and news), along with sites like Glassdoor.com, to see what’s happening at a company. You can use the information you find when answering this question.
- Why do you want this job? This is another one that tends to trip people up. Please – do NOT say you want it because you need a job. Look at the job requirements and use this questions to match your skills. Talk about the culture of the company and how it fits with what you want in a job. And finally, end it by reiterating that you really want the job and to work for the company.
Please send your career questions you’d like me to address to auntbenet AT gmail DOT com. You may be included in a future column!