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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) during interviews and how you should answer them confidently

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) during interviews and how you should answer them confidently

You’ve heard the interviewers and hiring managers say there are no right or wrong answers to calm you down before an interview.

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But here’s the thing:

They are almost always looking for a specific way of answering.

Which brings us to this guide. We’re going to cover the most common interview questions and answers, turning you into a bona fide interview expert by the time you’re done reading.

So, let’s get started!

To make this guide as practical as possible, we covered just about every interview question out there.

Don’t let that put you off, though. You don’t have to read the whole thing end-to-end. To get the most out of the guide, we’d recommend:

  1. Tell me about yourself:

a. No personal details (martial status, age, religion, ethnicity, etc…)

  • Professional experience summary + educational experience summary + passion = interest in this position.
  • Keep it between 1 – 2 minutes.

2. Why do you think you are the right candidate for this position? 

  • Articulate your relevant work experience
  • Talk about 2-3 skills required for this position and highlight situations/occasions when you used these skills
  • Express how your career aspirations connect with the position

3. Tell us about the time when you had too much to do, but not enough resources. How did you handle the pressure and/or achieve goals? what would you do differently next time?

  • Use the STAR method means Situation Task Action Result

4. Describe your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

  • Share about a situation of your past weakness
  • Don’t much focus on your weakness as a weakness
  • Focus on how you turned/are turning your weakness into a strength (how you improve it)
  • Highlight how the lesson from that weakness can help you in the new position

5. As a (Name of position) how do you envision contributing to our team?

  • Demonstrate what you know about the position
  • Provides 2-3 relevant examples
  • Express genuine interest in the position

6. What tools do you use to stay organized?

  • Describe what works for you
  • Explain your task management strategies
  • Demonstrate your level of organization
  • Provide 2-3 past examples

7. Why do you want to work for this organization in this role?

  • Express genuine interest in the position
  • Describes passion + professional experience IN LINE with the position
  • Demonstrate your level of organization

8. What skills do you believe are most important for this role and why?

  • Provides 2-3 relevant examples
  • Describes how you have used these SKILLS in the past
  • Express how you will use them in this position

9. Where do you see yourself in five years? And how does this position fit into that plan?

  • Express your long-term goals IN LINE WITH the position
  • Describe passion + professional experience and NEED for this position

10. What is your salary expectation in this role?

  • Ensure you sought for information about your position’s salary (Online research or someone from the same organization) before the interview
  • Highlight a range not the exact amount (Ex: 100,000rwf – 200,000rwf)
  • Express your willingness to negotiate in case you don’t share about the range

11. Please tell me a bit more about your studies at your college

  • Articulate your field of study concisely
  • Explain what sets you apart
  • Express how the education made you job-ready

Behavior Questions (STAR): And Example

STAR means Situation Task Action Result

12. Describe a time when you worked well on a team.

13. Do you have any questions for us?

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