There are 5 challenging and difficult questions usually asked to answer properly when facing a job interview session and from what I have heard there have been many applicants who fail because of their inappropriate answers to the questions.
The first question is “Can you tell me about yourself” What is the best answer to this question? It looks like a simple question on the surface but in fact the question can have a variety of answers. I suggest that the interviewer wants a quick, two- to three-minute snapshot of (1) who you are and (2) why you’re the best or fittest candidate for this position. This question requires you to talk about what you’ve done to prepare yourself to be the very best candidate for the position. You should give an example or two to support it and then you may ask if they would like more details. If they do, keep giving them example after example of your background and experience. You should be sure to always point back to an example when you have the opportunity.
So the question “Tell me about yourself” does not mean you should the interviewer everything but just tell me what makes you the best and right fit for the job.
The second question is “What is your great weakness?”. This is a classic interview question which is improperly answered by most applicants and normally they always provide a veiled positive such as:
(1) ” I am always under pressure” “I have a lot of work to do and can not focus”
(2) “I work too much. I just work and work and work.”, etc.
I think such answers are considered as wrong answers but I suggest you should either lie or not you are telling the truth, in which case you define working too much as a weakness and really do not want to work much at all.
We always tend to depend on what most career books tell us to select a strength and present it as a weakness such as: “I work too much. I just work and work and work.” I think it is not an appropriate answer because first of all, when we use a strength and present it as a weakness we lie and secondly, the point of the question is missing.
So it is suggested that you should tell the interviewer a weakness or weaknesses that you are trying to redress or that you have been actively working to overcome. For example:
(1) “I have had trouble in focusing on accomplishing my work but I’m trying my best to focus on things to be accomplished. I have just arranged a new list of things to do today.”
Then now you are relying on the list and you are using the app, so in answer to the question is that you should talk about a true weakness and show what you are doing to overcome it. This question is meant to gauge your self-awareness and honesty.
The third question is “What are your strengths?” You need to concentrate on your best strengths 3-5 strengths that will help you focus during the interview and will make it easier for the interviewer (s) to remember you. You can begin before the interview by identifying your key strengths and matching them up with the job requirements. Once you’ve done that, you should determine ways to bring up these matches during the interview.
For your example:
(1) I am a communication specialist who always write speeches for executives and always advise my audience what they are going to say early in their presentation and then repeating their points throughout.
(2) I’m a manager and when I communicate I’m authentic, succinct and speak directly and create connection with all. I trust my team, fitness my wisdom and I’m enthusiastic and I never make promises I can not keep and try to keep my word and act ethically and responsibly.
The fourth question is “Why should I hire you? The appropriate answer is that you are the best person for the job and you are outstanding from other applicants but you should support it with the facts that specifically differentiates you from the rest. For example:
(1) “You should hire me because I’m the right person to apply for the job or I am the best for the position. I realize that there are likely other candidates who also have the ability to do this job but I bring an added value or additional quality that makes me the right person for the job, that is my passion for excellence.
(2) I always strive for excellence and I am passionately committed to carrying out my job successfully to produce best results. You should always be able to show examples to prove that you are the best person for the job and show it by your passionate examples, etc.
You should also note that after you have mentioned or spelled out your skills and experience multiple times, perhaps a better approach for you is to show that you have to offer that others don’t have. Assuming you’re competing against others similarly qualified candidates, a good thing to highlight at this point is your dedication to the role and to that, show deep knowledge of the business and an understanding for how you might fit in.
The fifth question is “How has your education prepared you for your career”?. This is a broad question which requires you to focus on the behavioral examples in your educational background which specifically align to the required competencies for the career.
Some suggested answer examples are:
(1) “My secretarial education has educated on not only the primary function of secretary but also the secondary function of secretary regarding the knowledge of business world our employers are doing”, e.g. I can handle additional responsibility talking to the press regarding our CSR to the public”.