There are many times where a job application or scholarship will ask you to send a resume. Unfortunately, they may not always list what else you need to send in the email, so it can get a bit awkward without sending context.
To help you feel more comfortable about emailing your resume, we have put together these 7 tips.
20+ Common Interview Questions and Answers
Source: Inc. Magazine
1. Tell me about yourself
Now is a chance to pitch yourself subtly. You can give more than just your professional experience. Don’t get too personal. Just share enough so the interviewer can know what kind of person you are.
2. How did you hear about this position?
Have this answer prepared, don’t ramble. Remember your first impression of the company, why did they catch your eye, etc.
3. What are your strengths?
Share your top three strengths and short sentences to support those strengths. Be humble and genuine.
4. What are your weaknesses?
Don’t look at this as a chance to sell yourself. No one is perfect, so be honest with what your weaknesses are. Try to think of common feedback you’ve received and let them know what you are doing to improve.
Self-awareness is a great soft skill, and by sharing your actual weaknesses – the interviewer will notice.
5. Do you prefer working on your own or working in a team?
Interviewers ask this question based on the company’s culture—Research the company and job description to find the correct answer.
6. Tell me about a previous mistake you made? How did you handle it?
This question will show your problem-solving capabilities. Be honest about the mistake but focus on how quickly you solved the problem.
7. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
This question will show more of your personality and what makes you different. To be honest, you don’t have to have crazy hobbies.
8. Why should we hire you?
This question is the chance to sell yourself. Combine your strengths and working habits and share how they can make you a great asset to the company.
9. Why do you want to leave your current company?
Be honest. If you were leaving your previous company because it was boring, try to respond positively. Let them know that you’ve learned everything you need to know, and you are looking for a place to grow.
They most likely call your previous employer, so be polite!
10. Why do you want to work at our company?
Share with them the first impression you had when you were applying. You can also talk about the company values or something you found interesting on their website.
11. What are you hoping to get out of this job?
Mention what you are hoping to learn or gain from the company and role. Do you want stability? New skills?
12. 5-year plan
This question will show the interviewer your long-term potential. Will you be with this company for five years? If not, how will the company help you meet goals in your 5-year plan?
13. Tell me a scenario where you dealt with a challenging situation. How did you deal with it?
The interview wants to see how well you work under pressure and challenges. They want to see how you deal with it.
14. Tell me about your most significant achievement?
Be descriptive. Why was it a significant achievement for you? How did it make you feel?
15. If you are given too many tasks, what would you do?
We have all face and heavy workload. When that happens, it’s harder to put 100% into every task and get all tasks done on time.
They care more about your communication skills than taking on a heavy workload. Share how you would communicate.
16. When have you demonstrated leadership skills?
Be descriptive by painting a picture of a scenario and your skills.
17. What type of work environment do you prefer?
Be honest – if you want to work for this company, try doing the research beforehand to describe the company’s work environment.
18. What is your work style?
Research different work styles and find one that best describes you. Essentially they want to see if you fit into the culture and work environment.
19. Do you consider yourself successful?
This question is more personal about what you think of yourself. Being successful means different things to everyone. Try describing “successful” and how it applies to your life.
20. How do you plan to achieve your career goals?
This question is similar to your career goals. Have specific steps but inform them that you are open to new opportunities. You don’t know when there will be a new opportunity or setback.
21. What would your first 30, 60, or 90 days look like in this role?
Put yourself in the scenario of having the job. It may be a challenge because you don’t know what working for the company is like.
Try to say how long you expect it takes to feel comfortable, develop a routine, etc.
22. What makes you different from the other candidates?
This is another question to sell yourself. It is doubtful that you know what the candidates are like but try to share what makes you unique.
23. How many Tennis Balls fit into a limo?
Expect to be asked random questions. They aren’t looking for the correct answer unless you are being hired for solving math problems.
Overall be quick on your feet share your process on how you would approach the problem. Think about all things to consider.
24. What is a question you were hoping I asked today?
Source: Live Career
Now is your time to shine! If they asked you pretty much everything, you expected to be quick and think of a random question that you can answer.
After your interview, your interviewer may ask if you have any questions. Try to think of two questions to ask to clarify anything or simple questions about the culture.
Remember be honest and only sell yourself on specific questions.