When I as looking for tips on tough interview questions, I found the same thing OVER and OVER.
City Calling asked me about my tips for looking for job vacancies and preparing for job interviews. Which came at a perfect time because I’ve been planning to share my trick for answering tricky interview questions! Ones that ACTUALLY help.
“Ask questions after the interview. Be professional. Be positive.”
These tips will help you answer some of these hard interview questions…
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- What value will you bring to the company?
- Why should I hire you?
- Questions about topics you haven’t learned.
- Questions about areas you aren’t fulfilled in. (ex. professional collaboration)
Know your “key”.
Your “key thing” is something that you can see in all of your work. What is your one skill that is especially important to you? For example: persistence, consistency, desire to learn, ability to learn quickly, etc. This part is really important because this is will be your go-to. Asked a hard question? Relate it to your go-to skill! Thinking of different ways that you can apply your key skill will help you reply confidently to unexpected questions. Become more in touch with your strengths.
Example. My key and how I would apply it.
I think my key things are creativity and self-motivating. An example of a difficult question: What value would you bring to the company? “I would bring new ideas because I exercise creativity in all areas of my life. For example, when a class requires me to learn a skill quickly I am able to create a method that allows me to both learn the skill and think of ways to better improve it.”
Research the company.
I was told this in the articles that I read but I was not told how important it was. Research the company no matter what. Even if it a part-time job or a huge corporation. Know the values that are important to the company. What perks does the company advertise to the employees? Researching and including these values and applying them to yourself will make you a contender. Not only are you prepared, you look extremely interested in the job.
Personability + how that fits into the company. Aka, being yourself.
Now that I’ve said research the company values, there is a disclaimer to this rule. Don’t change answers and repeat things that you know the interviewer wants to hear. It may just be sound not genuine. See how the company applies to you? Does it tie into your “key”? What parts of the company values match with your values? Focus on those. There’s no use in sounding like you’re not yourself. They’re hiring you. Not their webpage.
In the end, express your personality. Professionalism as always but remember, both of you are human. The goal of an interview is to portray your value to the company as accurately as possible. Outside of that, there is no game.
Went on an ice cream break with friends.
All of my friends work really hard. It’s really cool and inspiring to me. They do SO much in a day, it’s amazing. It sort of reminds me of that quote you used to see all over instagram, “You have as many hours in a day as Beyonce.” Yes, it is very Kate-Spade-planner-y. But it gets the point across doesn’t it?
There’s no time for anything… even Youtube.
Maybe two months ago I used to spend about 3 hours a day watching YouTube videos and Vines. Granted, this time made me really happy but I find myself realizing that that is a lot of time to be “wasting”. It was not a conscious decision but there is just SO much to do now. When I do have some time off I sit down to see what is important on my subscription feed and nothing interests me. So I’ve had to find new ways to allow my mind to rest.
This mostly involves coffee breaks now. Cute.
I’ve found that being super busy has made me even more productive. Having things that fill up time slots in my day FORCE me to organize. And you know how unorganized I am. (see: The Unorganized Person’s Guide To Balancing Blogging + Work/School) So during the day, my breaks are coffee breaks – either alone or with friends. I love the idea of coffee breaks. Feeds my love for… something business-y and tumblr-y. I’ve been really into soy lattes. Like new fave. But when I want something not sweet, I just get a huge cup of Pike Place.
I guess my question is where do you find places to chill your mind?
This ice cream shop we went to was really cool. They had cool flavors like bacon and cardamom. I hate cardamom. So I got a scoop of cinnamon and a scoop of chocolate habenero, with espresso! It was rly good.