By Dominique Shields
Have you ever sat across from someone that has major influence on your future and you freeze? Do you ever wonder what you need to say during an interview to sound better than competitors? Is it a correct assumption to imply that you’ve been so nervous that you forgot what to say in an interview before? If you answered yes to any of these questions, please direct your attention to the rest of this article to find out how to answer these hard-hitting questions in an interview:
“So, (insert your name here) tell me about yourself.”
Oh no! You don’t know anything about yourself. I mean, how could you know something like that? Just stay calm because you got this. Remember to give an answer that pertains to the job. Sure they want to know about you, but what they really want to know is things related to the position. If you are applying to be a math teacher, the interviewer doesn’t care that you got certified to be a lifeguard one summer. And please don’t go on and on about your history from day one. They don’t want to know that either.
“Tell me about a time you made a mistake.”
Beware, interviewers don’t really want to hear the worst thing that ever happened to you. They want to see that you take risks and learn from your mistakes. Take this question as a chance to shine and show off how great you are under pressure. But don’t think of the whole interview as a chance to showboat yourself, choose those times wisely. This question is one of those wise times.
“What is your dream job?”
Yeah, what is your dream job? I’m sure the interviewers don’t want to hear that your dream job involves cooking every day if you’re applying to be a Bank Teller. This question is asked to see where you can fit in if you get the job. If you don’t know what your dream job is, just keep your answer directed towards the position you’re there for. I’m not telling you to lie, but I am saying that the interviewer is going to be looking for an answer that has to do with the job you’re applying for, so be aware.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This question is not for you to talk about how many kids you want and where you want to live. Your answer should show how you would add to the growth and value of the company/organization.Show that you want to have a job where you can build your career and the company. Just don’t look at the hiring manager and say, “I want your job!”
Why are you the best person for this job?
One of the last questions you’ll hear is this one. Now is not the time to stray away from the spotlight. It’s the time to shine! You have a moment to tell someone what sets you apart. Don’t shy away or be humble. Brag when the opportunity is presented to you. Present your biggest accomplishments. Let them know how you go above and beyond to get the job done. They’ll go crazy for it.