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26 Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them! by AbdulAkpan: 8:51am On Apr 11
Lingo Africa, the foremost human capital development platform in Abuja, Nigeria, has compiled tried and trusted answers to 26 interview questions. It is a long read, but so worth it. You can always visit the website link to get access to the tips whenever you want to attend a job interview.

Good luck!

1. Tell me about yourself.

This question provides employers with an early preview of your core skills, your personality and your ability to respond to an unstructured question. Prepare for this question in advance and have a compelling story about your past experiences. Select prominent skills from the job description. Be succinct, honest and engaging when answering the question.

2. What is your greatest strength?

Employers want to see if you can strike the right balance between confidence and humility. Hiring managers also want to get a sense for how self-aware and honest you are and align your strengths to the role at hand. Be authentic – don’t makeup strengths that you think the employer wants to hear. Tell a story about work experience. Be sure the strengths you share are aligned to the role you want.

3. What is your greatest weakness?

Employers are looking for humility and whether you’re committed to learning and growing. This is a place you can showcase what you’re doing to improve. Employers are looking for self-awareness and personal accountability. It’s good, to be honest about what you’re not great at. Share what you are doing to actively improve on this weakness.

4. Why should we hire you?

Interviewers want to see if you can make a calm, confident case for yourself, even if they’re acting skeptical. They’re looking for factual and compelling answers. Start with the three or four best reasons you’ve got. Cite results, credentials, and other people’s praise so you don’t seem self-absorbed. Be concise, and invite follow-up questions at the end.

5. Why do you want to work here?

Interviewers want to understand what prompted you to apply for this job. They don’t want candidates who are indifferent to where they work. Instead, they want someone who offers very specific reasons for why they want this job. Make it about them first. Show you’ve done your research. Use this as a key opportunity to outshine the competition. Speak from the heart.

6. Share a time you showed Leadership.

Employers want to understand your capacity to step up and handle tough situations that undoubtedly arise in the workplace. They want to know when you’ve seen an opening to lean in and lead with good judgment. Describe a situation where there was a lack of leadership. Use the word “lead” to help describe the actions you took. Give credit to your ‘leadership skills’ when explaining the positive results.

7. Share a time you were successful on a team.

If you can show that you’ve helped a team move through a challenge, you probably have strong communication and interpersonal skills. These kinds of “soft” skills are in high demand and make people successful in their jobs. Describe a problem that arose with a team. Outline your key actions with the team. Explain the positive result based on the work you did. Give credit to your teamwork skills.

8. What would your coworkers say about you?

Interviewers want to know if you’ll fit in with the team. This question can also help you highlight your strengths without feeling like you’re bragging. Share something that relates to the job description and back it with an example. Look to your recommendations and reviews for ideas. Be confident and succinct. It’s OK to shine!

9. Why do you want to leave your current role?

Employers say they want to hire people who are running “to” a role as opposed to running “away.” However, they are also interested in your honesty when things haven’t worked out and will give people second chances when they demonstrate hunger. Don’t talk negatively about past roles or former bosses – employers don’t want to work with people who complain. Be gracious when things haven’t worked out in the past. Share some of the ways you’re working on improving.

10. Describe your most challenging project.

Employers want to get a sense of what ‘challenging’ means to you. They also want to know how you handled the situation in a calm way. They’re looking for a storyline to prove that you can turn a bad story into a good story. Have a clear story with a specific challenge. Describe the negative impact if you hadn’t resolved the issue. Discuss the action steps you took and talk about the positive impact.

11. Share something you have accomplished and are proud of.

This question assesses how you define professional success. If the story resonates, the employer will want you to do similar things at his or her company. You should focus on the impact and outcomes. Describe the problem that existed before you took action. Talk about how you took the initiative to solve the problem. Explain why you are proud of the outcome and what would have happened if you hadn’t stepped in.

12. Can you explain your employment gap?

This question isn’t designed to rule you out – it’s a good sign if you get the interview. Interviewers want to get more context about the gap and whether you’re still going to be a great fit for the role, despite the gap. Expect that they will ask about the gap – prepare for it. Answer honestly and strategically. Be confident and succinct. Shine a light on the good that came out of that time.

13. What are your salary expectations?

If this question arises early, odds are that the interviewer is really asking: “Can we afford you?” If it arises much later, the interviewer may be hoping that your salary requirements are aligned with what they have budgeted for this role. Know the industry norms for similar jobs. Talk about ranges, rather than exact numbers. Make the case that you offer premium value.

For the other 13 interview questions and answers, read the full article here; https://lingoafrica.com/26-interview-questions-and-how-to-answer-them/


Source - Lingo Africa.
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