by Caroline Huey
If you are a Rochester College student graduating this spring, your next step is to start looking for a job in your field. Here are five questions employers are likely to ask a job candidate, so consider this your opportunity to be prepared!
1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?
When interviewers ask this question, they do not want a detailed response of your entire existence. Instead, focus on your hobbies and experiences; let them see who you are as a person.
“A formula I really like to use is called the Present-Past-Future formula. So, first you start with the present—where you are right now. Then, segue into the past—a little bit about the experiences you’ve had and the skills you gained at the previous position. Finally, finish with the future — why you are really excited for this particular opportunity," said Lily Zhang, career development specialist at MIT.
2. What do you know about the company?
Interviewers may ask this question to test you. They want to make sure that you have done your research, and that you are not merely applying for the job because you saw the opening listed. If you are not enthusiastic about the organization or company, they will be able to tell based upon your answer to this question.
3. Why do you want this job?
When answering this question, you must be sure to do three things: Express enthusiasm for the company, mention how your skills and experiences apply to your desired position, and connect this job with your plans for the future. By using these steps to answer your question, you will appear more confident.
4. Why should I hire you?
This may seem like a trick question, but don’t let it distract you. Be confident but humble in your answer. Being sure of your skills and abilities is not a bad thing, and if you are confident in yourself, your interviewers will notice. Tell them what you believe you can bring to the company, and do so self-confidently.
5. What are your weaknesses?
This question might seem like a trap, but you must be sure to be truthful. “First, think about something that isn’t your strong suit, whether it’s delegating to others or attention to detail, but think about it back in the past. Show how you’ve taken steps to overcome it, or worked hard on getting better, and mention that you’re still working and working at becoming even better at this skill set," Zhang said.
For additional help with your job search, contact Rochester College's Career Services.