Let’s be honest – there are few of us that like the interview process.
You have to look your best, act like you aren’t even a little nervous, and answer all the questions in an intelligent manner.
Let’s look at the first round interview questions. By knowing what to expect, you can practice and be prepared. When you are prepared you can nail the interview and move on to round two.
This article will introduce you to the first interview process. This series of articles contains:
- Introduction – First quick tips
- Preparation tips and Important advice
- First impression count
- Questions that are asked in the first round interview.
First Interview Questions and Tips on Answering Them
There are some typical questions that are asked during the first interview.
These interview questions are aimed at finding out more about you and whether you are capable of performing the job requirements, and whether you will work well with the other employees.
1. Tell me a little about yourself.
By far the most common question to be asked.
Don’t give the interviewer your life history. Instead give a summary of relevant facts including experience, education, life situations, that show why you are an excellent choice for this job.
2. Why did you leave you last job or why are thinking of leaving?
While it sounds straightforward, it’s the question most often answered incorrectly.
Always answer positively, never talk about money, and never say anything bad about your current/previous employer. If you were part of downsizing put a positive spin on it. For example, “Although I was considering leaving my job due to their downsizing, I did not want to make matters more difficult for them. When I was told that they could no longer afford me, I realized they had presented me with an opportunity to grow and explore new horizons.”
3. Tell me what you know about our company.
If you did your homework this won’t be difficult at all.
A somewhat detailed answer will help you stand out.
4. Why are you interested in working for Company XYZ?
The answer here should tie to the previous question and answer.
Again make sure you’ve done your research regarding the company so you can give a solid answer about your career goals and how you can be an asset to the company.
5. What is your relevant experience?
Be honest and creative as to how your skills, experience, and education will apply to the position and benefit the company.
6. What would your co-workers say about you if they were here?
Warning: now is not the time to bare your soul as in a confessional.
True, there may have been co-workers past and present who didn’t think much of you. But there were those who approved of you as well. Don’t dwell on the negative, mention it only if asked specifically. Keep it light, stay positive, and refer to the ones who you know would say good things about you. Give a specific example; make a comment such as “Tommy Smith says he can always rely on me.” Avoid any nasty comments regarding bosses, co-workers, anyone.
7. Have you applied elsewhere?
This is your opportunity to indicate you are in high demand without making it sound like you’ve applied for every position on the planet.
Be honest and let them know you are looking for the right career move with the right company.
8. Do you work well under pressure?
Your answer should be positive.
Some love to work under pressure – let them know if you thrive under pressure. But if you accomplish more with less scrutiny and pressure, speak up. Either way, consider carefully before responding.
9. What is your greatest strength?
Toot your own horn here!
You might be an excellent problem solver, or perhaps you have an eye for detail. Definitely tell the interviewer of any strengths you have that can be connected to the position. It’s your time to sell yourself. That said, don’t appear arrogant, and don’t brag about how you once ate 4 pizzas in five minutes on a dare. Some things shouldn’t make it to an interview no matter how proud you are of them.
10. What is your greatest weakness?
Be honest. Everyone has weaknesses. But pick one that can be presented positively.
For example, “I’ve been told I pay too much attention to detail.”
11. Why did you choose this career? Or Tell me about yourself, your skills and interests?
Do not ramble at this tell about yourself interview question. The interviewer wants to hear about your personal and professional attitude, your values, your interests and your skills. However, make sure that you keep the information brief and to the point. The question might also be aimed at your personal or family life. All in all, make sure that you keep your answer crisp and to the point. Do not repeat information you have already provided.
12. Tell us about your educational and professional background.
Although this information is provided in your resume, here you can elaborate. The interviewer is interested in knowing your educational and professional background, where you started working and how you rose in your career. They will be most interested in finding out about the last company you worked for, as well as the reasons why you left each job.
13. Whom do you live with?
This question is more often than not asked of those below the age of thirty. The interviewer wishes to know whether or not the person lives alone. There are several reasons why a company would or would not prefer a single individual. (ISN’T THIS ILLEGAL?) It is best to give an honest response.
14. How long have you been in this city/state/country?
This question is asked to establish whether the applicant is a serious individual, or a drifter. If you have relocated several times in a small time frame, make sure to inform the company about it and also the reason; hopefully you have a good one.
“The first round interview might feel like the firing squad but with the right answers it could be a bull’s eye.”