Common Interview Questions Answered

We at EAW know that even the best candidates sometimes stumble when it comes to common questions posed during interviews. Since many of them are universal it's a good idea to prepare beforehand so that nerves don't sabotage your chance of getting your dream job. Here are some of the most common questions and how to answer them:

What are your weaknesses?

There are two ways to handle this one. You could mention a non-essential skill or your could turn a negative into a positive. If you are a nurse you could say that you are not good at public speaking as you would not be expected to do this as a nurse. You could say that you have a habit of triple checking charts to ensure that everything is correct which takes a little extra time.

Where do you want to be in 5 years?

If your profession has a clear career path this question is much easier to answer. If not, then something along the lines of mastering the role that you are applying for or you want to become an expert in the field. Goals like improving sales figures or productivity are also good responses, but be prepared, they may ask you how you plan to achieve them.

Why did you leave your previous job?

Whatever you do, don't bad mouth your old boss or company. Answer the question honestly – as they can seek your previous employer’s perspective by contacting the reference listed.

Why should we hire you?

Do your research, learn about the company as much as you can prior to the interview – you are not just looking for a job, you want a career within this company - & you should be able to list the reasons why. Explain why you are the best fit for the job - this includes experience, education, personality etc. Focus on what makes you unique and perfect for the role.

What are your salary expectations?

This question sounds simple but many people really struggle with it. The best way to handle it is to think carefully about this before the interview so that you are prepared to give a figure or range. That way you won’t be flummoxed when the question is asked. You can also do you research – find out what the average salary is paid for performing the job task responsibilities. You could also state that you expect a lower wage in a trial period, in which you are trained and the company can see if you are the right person for the job – from which point you would expect the full paying salary of the position.

When it comes to job hunting, with EAW at your side you have nothing to fear! We are with you every step of the way and we match our candidates very carefully with companies that suit their personality. This makes the interview process much simpler and less stressful. Call EAW today: 011 793 6780 to find your dream job.