The Most Asked Question By My Clients When They Are Preparing For An Interview!

The Most Asked Question By My Clients When They Are Preparing For An Interview!

So you may be wondering what is the most asked question by my clients when they are preparing for an interview.  Almost everyone at one point will ask “so what kind of questions do you think they will ask”.  

Now this is bit of a loaded question as there are hundreds of questions and variations of questions that can be asked. But there seems to be 5 questions that somewhere in a mysterious “managers interviewing handbook” they are told to ask.  

Now honestly, most managers get their positions not because they had some special leadership skills training, and this skill was developed over years.  Rarely does this happen and most of the time if they do get some kind of training, it’s like a week long boot camp to train up people who just became managers. 

Most were great individual contributors and some senior manager thought “hey we should make them a manager” and when it comes to interviewing they do what most people do and look something up on the internet or ask their HR person to give them something.  I know, I have been asked! 

So you ask, what are the 5 most common interview questions and the best way to answer them, let’s start with the most asked an the one that starts off 90% of all interviews!

Tell me about yourself

This is often the first question asked in an interview, and it’s an opportunity for you to make a positive first impression. When answering this question, focus on your professional background, experience, and skills. Avoid personal details that aren’t relevant to the position.

Best way to answer: Start by giving a brief overview of your professional background and experience, highlighting your most relevant skills and accomplishments. Be sure to tie your experience and skills back to the position you’re interviewing for, and demonstrate your enthusiasm for the role and the company.

The next most asked question are the next 2 and usually in this order, unless the interviewing manager wants to spice things up a bit and flip them.

What are your strengths?

This question is designed to assess your self-awareness and your understanding of the skills and qualities needed for the position.

Best way to answer: Choose 2-3 of your strongest skills and provide specific examples of how you’ve used them in previous roles. Tie your strengths back to the position you’re interviewing for, and explain how your skills would benefit the company.

What are your weaknesses?

This question is often dreaded, but it’s an opportunity to demonstrate your self-awareness and your ability to address and overcome challenges but more importantly, what you had learned from the experience.

Best way to answer: Choose a weakness that isn’t directly related to the position, and explain how you’ve worked to overcome it. Be honest and demonstrate a willingness to learn and grow.

Now this one is a softball question that some people have problems with.  Partly because they did not give it any thought past, it’s a job, and it’s what I do. 

But if you did your research and talk about where your values align with the company you can speak from the heart and it’s well easy peasy.  Yes, I said easy peasy, it’s been a long day!

Why do you want to work for this company?

This question honestly assesses your level of interest and enthusiasm for the company and the position.

Best way to answer: Do your research before the interview and be prepared to speak to specific aspects of the company that you admire, such as their mission, values, or culture. Tie your answer back to the position you’re interviewing for, and explain how you would contribute to the company’s success.

And finally

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

This question assesses your career goals and your level of commitment to the position.

Best way to answer: Be honest and realistic about your career goals, and tie them back to the position you’re interviewing for. Explain how the position would help you achieve your goals, and demonstrate a commitment to the company and the role.  Now if your in a position where you are looking to retire in 4 years, don’t say that. 

All joking aside, tie it back to helping the company achieve its goals and your commitment to moving up to higher levels of responsibility where you can leverage your experience. 

In conclusion, these five interview questions are common for a reason – they’re designed to assess your qualifications, your fit for the role, and your level of interest in the company. By preparing thoughtful and specific answers to these questions, you can make a positive impression and increase your chances of success in the interview.