Interviews can be intimidating, especially when you walk in unprepared. The feeling of being asked a question that you aren’t sure how to answer can be demoralizing, so much so to that your nerves get to you and ruin the interview. To avoid this situation, we’ve got four tips that will help prepare you in facing some of the toughest questions that will be thrown your way.
The first step you should take is to search online for some of the most commonly asked interview questions. Consider both general questions and ones that are specific to the industry or role.
Although there’s no guarantee that you’ll find the questions they’re going to ask, by using the resources that you have available you’ll have a solid foundation to work from.
The research shouldn’t stop at interview questions. By learning about the company you’re interviewing with, you’ll be able to tackle some of the toughest questions. You’ll not only have an answer for when they ask “What do you know about us?” but you’ll also be able to promote your skills and experiences that are most relevant to the company and the industry they work in.
This additional step in gathering knowledge on the company will show a commitment that is hard to ignore.
Another common occurrence in interviews are the behavioral questions that revolve around past job experiences.
Before the interview, think of a few scenarios that showcase your problem solving skills, your ability to deal with failure and the experiences you’ve had working in a team. These are some of the most common scenario-based questions that organizations will ask about.
If you want to take it a step further to impress the interviewer, phrase your experiences in a way that can be applied in multiple situations. It looks even better if you can relate it to the job you’re interviewing for.
If you’ve taken the time to do the research mentioned above, you’ll hopefully avoid getting flustered. However, there may come a time where a question catches you off guard.
When that happens, take your time and think it over. The last thing you want to do is say something that you don’t mean. One way to give yourself a little more time is to ask them to repeat the question or ask for further clarification.
Once you have an answer, keep it simple. The more you ramble, the less confident you will appear.
Nervous about an upcoming interview? Read our blog on how to deal with job interview anxiety.