Think about it, if your job was to listen to prospective candidates answer a similar set of questions (that are available online) – it would be very easy to identify copycat answers. While it is essential to conduct thorough research for your interview, including possible interview questions, merely regurgitating the right sounding answers won’t cut it.
Here’s how to nail your interview in such a manner that you stand out from the crowd. Forget the wishy-washy tips or the copy-pasted questions and answers; we’ve got the questions you can most likely expect at your interview for student jobs (as well as to propel your corporate career). Along with how to answer them in a personal manner.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
If you were to copy-paste a “template” answer, then your reply will most probably be a strength that can also double-up as a weakness. You know… Something along the lines of “I am a perfectionist”. While this sounds great, it is not a personal answer that shows off your unique qualities.
You can use a copy-paste answer – but justify it. Add how your perfectionism, ethos or character traits would align to your new role and company values. Don’t forget to speak about your knowledge and expertise in the industry. As tempting as it can be, don’t lie or make up things just to sound good.
Why do you want to work here?
Again, you’ve got to get personal and to show off your skills and expertise. You can answer in a manner that says that your values align with the company’s strategic goals. To do this, you can quote the CEO’s press release statements, social media posts, public relations campaigns and other materials. Show how your skillset and interests can be an asset to the company.
You can mention things about the company’s stance on carbon emission, recycling, rigorous corporate social investment, innovative stances and so forth – and how this positions the company as a current/potential captain of industry. Give examples of why these are meaningful to you and how you can add value to the team.
What are your long-term and short-term goals?
You can mention how, for example, while reading industry publications and journals, you discovered a niche in the industry or some courses and qualifications that you would like to explore as they can be beneficial in positioning/maintaining the company as an industry thought-leader.
After reading these career counselling tips, and you feel you’re ready to crack this interview thing – then check out South Africa’s top five job sites to start your job hunting. Remember that this is a vital step in getting your money matters on track.