may take ten plus job interviews before landing the right one. Bettering your chances most always comes from your interview preparation. In some cases, no matter how hard you prepare there is always one or two interview questions that you were not prepared for.
Below is a list of some of the top interview questions asked of recent college graduates. This will give you an idea of what employers are looking for and what answers they want to hear in order for you to better your chances.
Where do you see yourself in 3, 5, 10 years?
This is one of the more commonly asked interview questions of recent college graduates. This is not the place you want to discuss your secret desires of becoming a musician but where you want to show how your career goals can help the company you are applying to. Prior to the interview it is a good idea to research the company and know the career paths it offers.
Why do you want to work for us?
Most employers asking this question of college graduates want to make sure that the candidate isn’t just applying anywhere. They want to make sure that you have done your homework and know a little bit about the company. Here is where you want to shine and show the interviewing committee that you have researched the company. You can reveal all that you know about the company in the form of answering the question.
Describe a weakness that you have?
The best way to tackle this interview question is to be honest. Most interviewers have heard it all – “I work too hard” or “I’m too organized.” Interviewing committees are looking for something more genuine; where they can get to know who you are in a different light. Here you can discuss a weak quality you had and how you worked to improve it and turn it into strength.
Tell us about your strengths
This is one of the easiest questions to answer, but strategy is required. It is best to choose a couple of strengths and present them with examples of how you used them successfully. It would be wise to understand the details of the job you are applying for beforehand so that you can present some strengths that you have that would complement the job. The employer is trying to gage how well you would fit within their organization by asking this question.
Do you have any questions?
This can almost be a trick question and something you want to be prepared for. It is important to do your homework and know some things about the company before the interview. Take the time to prepare at least three questions you would like to ask about the company or job. Avoid asking questions relating to money, benefits or vacation time. It is important to show that you are interested in the company and not simply intrigued by the perks it offers.