Most interviewers start by asking you to tell them about yourself. If you are not prepared for this question, you will probably need a few seconds to think of a good introduction. This question does not mean the interviewer wants to know about your favorite hobbies. You should use this chance to introduce yourself with a short description of your background and your goals while engaging the interviewer into a conversation.
You should be ready to answer to questions about your strengths and weaknesses. These questions are classics and the interviewer is looking for an answer that corresponds to the job description. Your main strength should be one of the qualities the recruiter is looking for and your weakness should be something you are currently working on correcting by developing one of the other strengths the recruiter is looking for.
Where do you see yourself in five years from now? This is one of the typical interview questions you should be ready for. Recruiters ask this question to make sure you plan on keeping the job you are interviewing for. You will probably not get the job if you let the interviewer know that you plan on working in a completely different industry in five years from now. Let them know you hope to have found a stable career in the field the recruiter is in and just start climbing the ladder.
Some interviewer will ask you why you would be a good addition to the company. You need to convince them to hire you, for instance by drawing attention to what sets you apart from other candidates and explaining how you will fit in the company’s culture. It is best to do plenty of research on the company beforehand so you explain exactly how you will fit in, if possible with specific references to events organized by the company in the past.
Expect to answer questions about obstacles you have overcome, tough customers you needed to help out and instances in which you went above and beyond your job description. Try putting together a list of anecdotes you can refer to. These anecdotes should illustrate different qualities and strengths the recruiter will be looking for. Practice telling these anecdotes in a way that will underline the qualities the interviewer is looking for without spending too much time on each story.
You will probably have to explain why you want to work for the recruiter or why you are interested in the position. Try finding positive things about the job you are interviewing for even if this is not your dream job. Mention the skills you will be able to acquire and explain that you want to gain more experience to build your resume and launch a successful career in this field. You should never mention the fact that you need a job because of your bad financial situation since the recruiter will assume that you will quit your job as soon as something better comes along.
Typical interview questions can vary depending on the type of position you are applying for. The questions mentioned above are usually asked during the first part of the interview. You should have some answers ready so you can impress the recruiter. You will come across as more relaxed if you can provide good answers right away. Practice answering to these questions with a friend if you need to.