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Prepare yourself before going into your interview

Finally got invited to an interview for your dream job, but unsure what to expect? A lot of my coachees feel insecure when going into their interview and ask me what common questions are. That's understandable, because it can be a difficult experience when going in without proper preparation.

 

Here, you will find an overview of common questions as well as a few interview tips to help you get started.

Tips for 'Self-Introduction'

An interviewer would almost always start an interview by asking you to introduce yourself. While the questions do not seem very difficult, it's still easy to make mistakes unconsciously. Keep the following tips in mind.

01

Keep it professional

Do not talk about your personal or family life when applying to corporate jobs

02

be to the point

Be concise when talking about your previous working experience (company name, title, years in that role, major responsibilities)

03

why you

Tell mini-stories that are 'result-oriented' in such a way that you are the right fit for what they need

Common Questions about your 'Proven Facts'

Interviewers always ask you about your experience and how you dealt with previous situations. These are meant to assess how well you reflect on yourself and to get a sense about who you are. They may include questions like:

  • Tell me about your greatest accomplishments;

  • Tell me about a difficult situation and how you overcame it;

  • Give me 3 adjectives you would use to describe yourself & examples of your work style to support them;

  • Give me 3 adjectives you would use to describe your weaknesses & the reasons why you feel you need to work on these;

  • Tell me about a time where you were required to work with a difficult person. How did you handle that situation?

  • Do you prefer working alone or in teams? Give examples of how you worked successfully both alone and in a team.

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Tips for 'Proven Facts'

01

Tell a Story

Share a story that demonstrates your personality, ability and experiences

02

make it fit

Explain why you fit the corporate culture, the company culture, and the job itself

03

Use the S.T.A.r. Methodology

Talk in terms of a (S)ituation, (T)ask, (A)ction & (R)esult

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Thinking about the Future

Interviewers want to know why you are at the interview. They want to see your ambition, trustworthiness, and picture of yourself in the future. This way, they get to know you & your purpose, so that they can better see if you are a good fit for the company. They might ask things like: 

  • What do you want to get out of your next job?

  • What skills re you looking to develop in your next job. Why?

  • What do you think makes a company good to work for?

  • Where do you see yourself in 3 years' time?

Tips for "Thinking about the Future"

01

Don't ...

Don't tell an interviewer you are already planning to move to another position or another company!

02

Show your preparation

This is the time to show the research you did, by explaining how the position fits your core capabilities and how you are excited to apply those

03

Match requirements & Skills

The company you are speaking to has certain requirements. You have certain skills & capabilities. Show how they match!

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How to proceed ...

Try to prepare answers to these questions that fit your personal brand and solves the problem that your company is looking to solve. Keep the above tips in mind while preparing.

 

 As always, if you need more help, feel free to schedule a free online 1 on 1 session with me!​