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How to Answer Common Interview Questions

Common Interview Questions
Job interviews don’t have to be a nerve-wracking ordeal. Let the BrightMinds team guide you in answering these four common interview questions.

1. Tell me more about yourself.

Interviewers often start off with this question, which may sound simple but can be rather tricky. Your answer to this question sets the tone for the rest of the interview and gives the interviewers the first glimpse into your personality.

Do not repeat information that is already on your application form and refrain from the obvious, like “I’m Sharon Tan and I am 25 years old”. Elaborate on a few key points about yourself, such as your education background and work experience, and highlight distinct work-related talents. Imagine yourself on television and this is your one minute of fame. You have 60 seconds worth of “air time” to introduce yourself before the camera pans away!

2. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Now is the time to sell yourself to the interviewers. Be confident and self-assured when highlighting your strengths and accomplishments, taking care to substantiate them with concrete examples.

However, don’t get too carried away with self-promotion. Show that you are also aware of your shortcomings, and more importantly, emphasise on your ability and willingness to overcome them.

As you may have already realised, coming up with such replies require a considerable amount of self-awareness on your part. Thus, do some self-reflection while preparing the answers. Remember what the interviewer wants ultimately, is an honest assessment of your abilities.

3. What can you bring to the company?

This is an excellent time to highlight your background knowledge of the company and the research you have conducted before coming for the interview. Highlight how your skills will value-add to the company and perhaps, even demonstrate how your presence in the company will increase productivity in certain areas that may be experiencing a shortfall.

4. Do you have any questions for me?

When most candidates hear this question, they know the interview is coming to an end and let their guard down too soon. This is probably why many tend to fail here. During your preparation, you should have generated some insightful questions on topics like career advancements and job performance evaluation. Avoid frivolous questions like lunch duration and job perks.

This question will also allow you to demonstrate how serious you are about the job position. Additionally, you can use this time to convince the panel that you are really suited for the position that you have applied for.

If you really cannot think of any question, ask for feedback on the interview. This way, you can learn something from the interview regardless of the outcome.

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