Three Questions to Expect at an Interview and What Employers are Really Looking for
“Tell me about yourself”
“Uh . . .” Gulp.
Now is not the time panic and blank out as your potential employer looks at you, waiting for a response. Understandable as how even veteran employees become nervous and forgetful when hearing this question once again – straightforward yet vague, is there even a “correct” answer?
Obviously no, since everyone is unique and offers different skills and experiences. Thus, employers often start off with this question to get a feel for your personality and qualities that aren’t on your resume. However, there are rookie mistakes you should avoid when giving your answer.
To start, you don’t want to ramble about your life story, nor should you summarize your entire resume and sound like an automated voice messaging system. Though employers heavily weigh in professional experiences, it is smart to, without overdoing it, briefly mention personal interests to show that you’re well rounded.
The present-past-future outline from The Muse also incorporates your aspirations and goals. You could open up with your current position or activities you enjoy outside of work and transition into professional experiences from the past. Finally, you can end your answer with what you hope to take away from the job.
Why do you want the job
Another classic question – of course you want it, but how you do you say this?
First, you have to know why you want this job and how it can benefit you. If you can’t pinpoint a reason besides income as to why you’re interested in this opening, you might be better off searching for another job.
Even if it is only an entry level job, sound enthusiastic when you talk about the skills and experiences you’ll gain. Employers look for past accomplishments and work, but passion cannot be, like other qualities, shown on a resume.
Why Do You Want The Job
If only it were that simple!
Now is the time to sell yourself and convince an employer that you’re the best candidate. You can reiterate on your skills and experiences but also explain how you’ll enhance or fit in with the company’s values and vision. Employers ultimately gamble as to whether you’re a worthy investment of their time and money.