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Top 5 interview questions experienced professionals must be prepared for.

Jeep Chang

January, 24 2019, 4:31 AM

Ever wonder what are the most commonly asked interview questions that job seekers face? Below are the top 5 interview questions you need to be prepared for in a job interview.

  1. Why do you want this job?

List some of the key factors that make you a good candidate for the role and then show you're passionate by talking more about their company and why hiring you will be a great addition to their company. 

  1. Why should we hire you?

Reply confidently by briefly talking them through your previous work experiences and telling employees how these experiences fit perfectly with the job requirement and will make a big difference in hiring you. Focus on your transferable skills so they can see how your prior experiences will lend to their organisation.

  1. Can you talk me through your resume?

In a career spanning 30 years or more, resumes can tend to be very long. The key is to focus on those aspects of your experience which are relevant for the role that you're applying for. Also be conscious of sharing "achievements" versus "roles". Explain how you have acquired this achievement or skill and how it has helped you grow into the person you are today and how you can replicate success stories for your potential new employer. 

  1. Why do you want to work for us?

This question asks for whether you are familiar with their company profile and see that whether you are passionate to work for them and also have the ability to make a difference at their company. For more experienced professionals applying to junior positions - it is important to clarify why you're willing to make that change. It may be to follow a sense of purpose, explore new industries or apply your transferable skills to a new role. Be sure to help the interviewer understand that you'll be a good fit for the position and the organisation.

  1. Do you have any questions that you would like to ask?

Always prepare some questions for the interviewer, this way they know that you’re really passionate to work at their company and also stands out from the people who had no question or say the question has already been answered in the interview. Ask them if they are equal opportunity employers and if they have any concerns about your age. This makes the conversation straightforward and allows you to address any "ageism" related issues that could potentially surface.