You just graduated from your beloved University or your hometown high school. Summer sixteen gave you so much life that you nearly died and now September is rolling around. Fall is approaching, and your funds are low from that last minute trip to Vegas. You say to yourself, “it is time to start adulting” and start applying to jobs.
If you got past that long applications process, congratulations — you played yourself because that was the easiest part. Anyone can fill out a written application or check off a few bubbles.
The hard part is the interview. From one-on-one interviews with the most intimidating HR lady, to the group interviews, or even more horrific a 3-on-1-panel interview where you are too nervous to remember your full name.
We have all been there, and because of that, we’re here to help. Answering interview questions is simply a skill that you must master this day and age. Here’s a helpful guide of the right and wrong ways to answer very common interview questions.
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1) What is your greatest weakness?
Wrong Way To Answer: I don’t have any weakness, I am perfect in every way!
(Who do you think you are fooling?)
This question is difficult because it requires you to be real, yet vulnerable. The best way to answer this question is to know yourself and assess your greatest strengths and weaknesses prior to the interview. If you are unsure of what your weaknesses are you should ask someone you trust, to give you an honest and true answer. Although it may feel awkward to tell a future employer about the not so pleasant side of you, nobody is perfect and we are all a work in progress. With that being said, own up to your weakness and then follow up with ways you are improving on that weakness. If you are asked about your strengths/weaknesses at the same time, always start with your weakness and then move on to your strength.
Right way to answer:
One of my greatest weaknesses is that I am a perfectionist. I set unrealistic standards for myself and my work that cause me to miss deadlines and get down on myself when I don’t reach those standards. I am working on this weakness by setting specific and attainable goals when it comes to projects. I have an accountability partner let me know when I am taking too long to complete a project. I write down everything that I have completed day by day, a perfectionist tends to forget how much they have done because they are so focused on what they could have done better. My greatest strength is that I have a skill to quickly learn what people are best at, which makes me a great leader and team player. When trying to complete a project it is important to know your team and their value, this allows you to strategically place everyone in their lane and allows for a functioning and satisfied team.