If you're heading into a job interview in the near future, you may have some trepidation because you don't know what you're going to be asked or what the meeting will be like. However, the good news is many interviews feature a number of very standard questions you've probably heard before, or which you can prepare to answer well in advance. Knowing what they are may help make you more confident, and increase your chances of getting the job.
These include the following:
1) "What do you need to improve about yourself?"
There are a lot of ways to ask this question, but the general upshot is you should try to pick an area where you need legitimate improvement but that you can spin as a positive, according to Monster. That means no saying, "I've been told I'm almost too hard-working" here. Instead, if you know you need to learn more about a certain aspect of this job, you should say so, then talk in specifics about how you'll go about doing that, and why.
2) "Why do you want to work here?"
This question will come up in just about every job interview, and you need to have a good answer at the ready, Monster added. You can't simply say you need the work, so you should try to familiarize yourself with what the company does and its stated goals as an organization. Then, talk about why those things spoke to you strongly.
3) "What drew you this job?"
More specifically, you are likely to be asked what about the the role appeals to you, and just like with the company, you should have a better answer than "It seems like something I'd be good at" or "I need a change of scenery," according to Zety. You can get into specifics about where you want to go in your career and why you think this job will help you achieve those goals, or something along those lines.
4) "Where do you see yourself five years from now?"
This is a question about your aspirations, plain and simple, but even if you don't necessarily see yourself at this particular company five years from now, it's wise to talk a little more broadly about where you're headed, Zety added. This shows the interviewer you have a clear plan and aren't just going to drift through your career aimlessly. They may even be willing to be something of a "stepping stone" if you have a clear trajectory and show the right kind of motivation.
5) "Why did you leave your last job?" or "Why do you want to leave your current job?"
Hiring managers often want a little insight into what may have led you to move on from current or past positions, and you should have a good explanation just in case it comes up, according to Glassdoor. Be truthful in all parts of your interview and provide context about sensitive issues, such asnot feeling like you were appropriately challenged or had a personality conflict with a supervisor.