Practice Your Responses
The Psychology Behind Common Interview Questions
It is important to know that some employers ask questions that seem very simple; however, the hidden meaning behind the questions may not be simple at all (Adapted from the book Money Jobs).
When Interviewers Ask You:
- Describe yourself. How does your background qualify you for this job?
- What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
- Where do you want to be in five years?
- Why this job? Why this organization?
- How would your peers describe you?
- What makes you think you will succeed in this organization?
- Why should we hire you? What do you bring to this job?
What They Really Want to Know Is:
- Can you take an incredible amount of information, organize it quickly in your head, and present it in a concise and articulate fashion?
- Are my perceptions of your strengths and weaknesses the same as yours? How mature are you in dealing with your weaknesses? Can you identify methods for self-improvement?
- What motivates you and what do you want out of life? Is this job merely a stepping stone to something better?
- Have you done your homework? Are you analytical?
- How do you see yourself? Are you a leader or a follower? (A quiet confidence is needed here—not arrogance or egotism).
- Have you accurately identified the skills and expertise needed to succeed? Can you prove you have them?
- How are your promotion and persuasion skills? Are you believable? If you can’t sell yourself, how will you be able to sell our products/company/ideas?