You will never know what question you are going to be asked within your interview, but over the coming weeks I am going to be choosing random questions to get you thinking.
You’re sat in an interview and the interviewer/s like you already (because you’ve been invited for an interview). You have researched the company, you have got information about the vacancy and now you are sat there waiting for the questions. Okay, first interview question: Tell me about yourself.
Then silence. You are stuck at the first question.
What impression does this give the interviewer/s? Look at the question again, there is only one person who can answer this question. You. So how do you overcome this hurdle and possible filter out of the back door and back to claiming dole?
Know yourself, know your skills, know what you are good at, know what you can bring to the company and know what motivates you.
So have a think about yourself. Once you have answered the above questions about yourself, ask the same question again. See how easy it is once you have questioned yourself, you already have these answers it’s just that you don’t really know it yet.
So why have I put this as one of the hardest interview questions? Well, from my experience (not forgetting I teach employability skills each day) when I ask most of the learners this question, they just cannot answer it. It’s simply a fact that many of us don’t have enough confidence to sit and tell somebody about what we are good at. We have often lost our sense of who we are, what we can offer and self belief. We can sometimes play down some very important roles we have undertaken in the past. One being the ‘parent’, many stay at home parents feel that they have nothing of interest to anyone so will quite often say, “There’s not much to say really.” Crikey, I am a mum of two teenage boys and I know that you need a lot of skills and qualitites to bring up children.
If you are ever asked this question and by practicing answering the questions above you will come across as confident and full of self-belief (such an important part of gaining employment.
Good luck – and ‘big’ yourself up.