Interviews can be scary, but proper preparation will help to make the process a smooth one. However, there are some questions that can cause even the most seasoned interviewee to pause. Linde Van Dyck, our newest international intern, has listed a few examples of tough questions, and suggested answers, here so you can prepare yourself.
There are some questions that are asked in almost every interview. These are the questions that you can prepare for, equipping yourself with the necessary answers that won’t leave you feeling uneasy about the interrogation. These include:
- Why would you leave your current employer?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What are your strengths (competencies) and what are you weaknesses?
But how do you react when unexpected questions are posed and your preparation sheet becomes irrelevant? For example, the person with the power to decide your future may ask:
- Aren’t you too young for this job?
- How is it that you have been unemployed for such a long time?
- Why have you had so many different employers in such a short time?
- What makes you think you are suited for the job if you do not have the appropriate training, skills or experience?
These questions should be answered honestly and with sincerity. Try to counter each negative question by emphasizing:
- Your eagerness to do this particular work and how you desire and deserve for such an opportunity;
- your enthusiasm and passion for your chosen industry or career;
- that you are energetic, dedicated and hard working;
- your hunger to prove and improve your skills;
If you are ready for these questions, you are ready for the interview. Good luck! Check out our internship and vacation jobs listing: an internship or part time holiday work is a great way to gain experience and boost your CV.