Every interview has at least one question you won’t know the best way to answer. We replay the question in our heads to figure out if our answer was the best response. While there’s no way to avoid such questions, you can answer these common job interview questions confidently to earn a call-back.
Whenever a question is thrown at you, it’s better not to answer immediately. Remember, it’s not a TV show where the fastest person to reply wins the game. So take your time. But if you are concerned about prolonged silence, you can always ask for a moment to think before giving a response.
If after taking your time you can’t find an answer to the question, ask the interviewer if it’s okay to come back to that question later. You should bring the attention of the interviewer back to the skipped question even when you’ve gotten to the end of the interview.
Don’t think because you’ve gotten to end of the interview, you are off the hook. Even if the interviewer doesn’t ask the question again, it will be noted that you skipped a question. So it’s always a good idea to answer the question no matter what.
And don’t forget to thank the interviewer for giving you the time to answer the question. But if the question is a lengthy one, make sure you break them into parts before answering. It’s never a good idea to answer everything at once.
How to Answer a Procedural Job Interview Question
When it comes to recruiting, procedures are critical. Every company has its own set of policies rules they expect each of their employees to follow. An interviewer may ask you these policy-related questions to see if you would do things their way or your way.
For example, an interviewer may want to know how you will handle customer complaints. Of course, there’s no way for you to know the proper way of handling customer complaints without training, but there are ways to answer the question to increase your chances of getting the job.
When an interviewer asks such a question, he is looking for a philosophical answer that will align with their values. Your personality will show when you answer the question no matter what you’ve been trained to do. Questions like, “How would you satisfy a customer if they wanted to return something?” can be a very tricky question to answer.
The best way to respond is to start your answer with something like, “Of course, if I were hired, I would abide by the company’s policies, but in this scenario, I would…”.
The reason why this answer is perfect is that you acknowledge that you have not been trained. And that If you are adequately trained, you will follow the guidelines tailored to tackle such objection. When answering a tricky question in a job interview, responses like this are accepted.
How to Answer an Uncomfortable Job Interview Question
Not all interview questions are by the book. Some type of questions shouldn’t be asked by the interviewer or Employer. While some of these questions might be legal, some are not. But even the legal questions can still make you feel uncomfortable.
You should know that you don’t have to answer these types of questions. But the way you table this to your interviewer will determine whether you get hired or not.
If you would like to know which kind of questions are acceptable, you should contact your local office that handles labour enquiries. They will give you the guidelines at zero cost.
Some of the questions might be about your private life, and will definitely feel uncomfortable while answering them. But you don’t have to answer them. You can gently tell the Interviewer that you prefer not to mix your personal life with business.
In most cases, a response like this is acceptable to the employer, but if the interviewer keeps pressing you for answers, you will have to decide whether the job is worth answering the question or not.
Whether you give this information or not, it’s totally up to you. Also, when an interviewer want to know more about how you spend your time outside work, it might be because they don’t want to hire the life of most parties in the city.
It is most likely that they want to measure your commitment both inside and outside the workspace. They may want to know if you have other things that might affect your work life.
Other uncomfortable questions such as your past relationships, lifestyle and sexual orientation have zero relevance in a job interview. If the job you are applying for is physical, you may need a medical evaluation, and this is never done by the interviewer.
Your medicals should be carried by a certified practitioner outside the work environment. So never surrender to a physical test in a job interview.
Common Job Interview Questions and Answers
Preparing for a job interview can be scary, but it doesn’t have to be. With these common job interview questions and answers, you’ll be able to pass most job interviews with flying colours.
Q1: Tell Me About Yourself
This question is probably the first question that will be thrown at you in most job interviews. And this makes a lot of sense because your potential employer needs to know more about you before any other thing.
But be careful with your answer here. You don’t want to start listing how you enjoy working in a good environment and all that irrelevant stuff.
To answer properly, you should start by explaining yourself. State your current or previous job and what you achieved in that role.
You will then explain how this can help them greatly if they hire you. Always make sure your experience and skills align with the job you are applying for.
Q2: Why Did You Choose Us?
Employers often use its variation too. Like “Why do you want to work here?”. No matter the form it takes, you should really think before giving your answer.
Often at times, the interviewer wants to know if you are looking for any job or if you really took your time to do your research about the company.
In my last post. I emphasized the importance of doing quality research when preparing for a job interview.
You should study the company’s history, products, services and culture before the interview. Your answer can start with: “Well, I love the company’s mission to touch 1000 African lives by 2025. And I…”
Q3: What Are Your Strengths and Weaknesses?
When an interviewer asks you what your strengths are in a job interview, this is a good time to explain your skills and technical hobbies related to the job you are applying for.
Make sure everything you say is connected to your role. Don’t bore the interviewer with fun hobbies like cooking, or dancing.
When an interviewer asks what your weaknesses are, I know it can be a little bit weird to start listing out all your fears and weaknesses. But if you do it correctly, you will earn the respect of your Interviewer.
The way to do it is to point out a way you have tried to improve at the end of each weakness you mention. It will prove that you are aware of your faults, and you are trying to improve.
So that’s the end of our three common job interview questions and answers. See you on the next one. Bye Bye. 👋