“Another day, another interview” sometimes feels like a job seeker’s motto. This is especially true of individuals who’ve made securing a position their full-time job. Such dedicated people often stay up late at night Googling “questions to ask on job interviews.” However, despite their best efforts, these job candidates still get passed up for the positions they want most.
Does this resonate with you? If so, let us give you an advantage by sharing a secret that every serious job seeker should be privy to: asking yourself certain questions before a job interview helps ensure it goes well. Obviously, a job interview gone well increases your chances of getting hired.
Ask Yourself These Questions Before a Job Interview
It is in a job seeker’s best interest to ask his or herself specific questions in preparation for an interview. Here are a few questions that all unemployed individuals should ask themselves prior to each and every job interview they participate in:
- “What questions will my interviewer probably ask me during the interview?” – Questions asked of you during a job interview will vary from company to company. However, there are a few common questions that nearly all interviewers ask prospective employees. According to US News, there are 10 questions that employers ask at most interviews. A few examples include, “Tell me about yourself,” “Why were you drawn to apply for this job?” and “Why did you leave your last job?” Be prepared for these questions to be thrown at you during all of your interviews.
- “What are some areas of weakness in my job application?” – Did you know that, as a job seeker, it is crucial to know the weak spots in each job application that you submit? Interviewers will definitely be aware of any areas of weakness. What’s more, they will probably ask you about them. Recruiter.com’s article 4 Vital Questions to Ask Before Your Next Interview says, “You can determine your weaknesses by one of two methods. If you are working with a recruiter, just ask them what they think. A good recruiter should have an excellent understanding of both your competition for the role and the employer’s needs. In addition to or instead of this, you can also ask the employer itself for a detailed job description. If the job posting is a little vague, see if a company contact can’t give you something with more meat. Once you have a in-depth description of the role, you can see how your resume stacks up.”
- “On a scale of 1 to 10, what is my level of interest in the position I am about to interview for?” – This may not seem like a significant question, but it is. After all, if you are applying to multiple companies, you’ll want to have an idea of how interested you are in each position — that way you’ll know almost immediately whether you want to accept or reject a job offer.
Which of these 3 questions will you ask yourself before your next job interview?
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