What Interviewers Want to Know When They Ask You These Questions

The reasons why during a job interview, the interviewer asks you these questions is not just to hear your answers, but to read in between the lines and find out what your intentions are, what you can offer and how your character is.
Please read below…

Tell me about yourself

You should ace this question because it’s the most basic and expected question out of every job interview. The interviewer wants to see how you carry yourself and how articulate you are, want to know what you think are the highlights of yourself and your career and what’s special about you.

What are your greatest weaknesses?

You know this question is coming, the interviewer want to see how honest and thoughtful you can be. Not to mention how prepared you are. Please don’t give them the clichés like, “My weakness is I work too hard.” The interviewer can see right through that, if not, you wouldn’t be at a job interview. This question can reveal how self-aware you are and how proactive you are when a problem arises.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

The interviewer want to make sure you’re in here for the long haul and you’ve really thought about this. It takes resources to train a new hire, so ideally, they would like you to stay a while. Your answer will serve as a clue into your ambition as well, and if you’ve truly thought about what your career track with the company will be like. It’s a chance for the interviewer to hear your strengths and your goals.

Why do you want to work for us?

The interviewer want to make sure you really want to work for them and that you did your research. They don’t want to hire people who just want the job because it’s a job.

Why did you leave your last job?

Was there drama in your last company? They are actually curious to see if you left your company on good or bad terms. Obviously, most of you will catch on to this question, but your answer can also give us an insight into your relationship with your former company and how you work. If you badmouth your previous employer, no matter what the circumstance, they will probably take it as a red flag. They also want to make sure that you’re not going to leave their company for the same reason.

Do you have any questions for me?

This is the interviewer’s opportunity to see if you have been paying attention and how passionate you are about the position and company. It’s also a test to see how much homework you’ve done on the company and the position. This can be your chance to wow them, and it can be one of the most memorable things about a candidate.

What would your co-workers say about you?

They want to know how you think others view you. It says something about how self-aware you are, and it can give them an insight into how your relationships with your former co-workers are.

What are your hobbies?

The interviewer want to know what you are like as a person outside of your job. This is a good time to bring up your side projects and impressive hidden talents. What you do with your free time can be a big reflection of what kind of employee you will be.  This is your chance to stand out and share something personal about yourself that will make the interviewer remember you.

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