It is not uncommon for job hunters to go into an interview without doing any real preparation. Some candidates do this, thinking that because the interviewer will be asking about their experiences and skills, they have all the answers they need. And some candidates try to prepare but don’t know where to start because they are unsure of the questions that will be asked.
Most interviews feature the same sort of questions, with a few added industry-specific questions, that will help the interviewer determine your job-related knowledge. The hiring process has changed immensely in the last while, and most interviews are now remote, which can add another level of anxiety to the process.
Preparation before an interview will help you feel less anxious, help you avoid stumbling over your words, and may even be the ticket to winning the job. Knowing how to conduct yourself in a remote interview is one thing, but preparing to answer the interview questions is a whole other ball game.
Where to start?
We have compiled a list of 7 of the most frequently asked interview questions and their answers so that you can brush up on your interview skills—even if you are answering them in front of your camera!
7 Questions to Expect in Your Remote Interview
1. Why do You Want to Work Here?
Believe it or not, this question is used to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for the job. This is your opportunity to shine. The interviewer wants to hear that you know something about the position you are applying for and about the company that is doing the hiring.
A note or two about the company and the position for which you have applied will demonstrate that you have done your research. It also proves that you were not just blindly submitting resumes at random.
Tell the interviewer that you have applied for the position because the company standards and values align with your own (and identify which ones). You should also express enthusiasm for the job and the company and indicate that the company was one of your preferred choices.
2. What Are Your Strengths?
The employer is looking to see what skills you can bring to the table. Focus on your best skills and achievements, and make sure that they are relevant to the company.
Your greatest strength should be something that makes you stand out from other job candidates and a necessary skill for the job at hand. It is essential to note the job listing—you will find many answers to these questions within.
A great answer for a job that requires a lot of phone correspondence could look like this: “My greatest strength is my oral communication skills.” Use what is written in the job post to frame your response. You should have a few to choose from when you are preparing.
3. What Are Your Weaknesses?
This is a popular interview question and one that most interviewees find the trickiest to answer.
The trick to answering this question effectively during your remote interview is by highlighting your strengths, which will, in turn, diminish your weaknesses. The interviewer uses this question to determine how attentive you are to yourself, so try to reframe your response.
When you explain your weakness, add how you are working to improve upon it or how it helps you work. A good answer, for instance, is, “I am a perfectionist, but my attention to detail has caught errors that would otherwise have been left unchecked.” Avoiding the question by declaring that you have no weaknesses will make you seem disingenuous.
4. Why Should We Hire You?
This question is all about you. When asked this, it is your opportunity to explain the experience that makes you a good candidate for the job. You can also summarize the required skills for the position, which also demonstrates that you are aware of the tasks and needs for the job. You will also want to present your specific skills that will help make the business better.
An excellent answer to this question would be, “I am happy you asked. With my three years experience working in a customer service role at a financial institution and my record of service, record keeping, and financial skills, I would be the best candidate for the job.”
5. What Are Your Goals?
Sometimes, this is phrased in terms of length: one year, five years, ten years, etc. Interviewers want to know whether it is worth training you or putting time and money into your onboarding. They also want to determine if you are goal-driven and whether you have taken action to achieve goals.
Your goals should show that, with your personal progression, the company will benefit. Figure out what the company’s mission is, and ensure that your goals align with theirs. Your goals should also include your plan to get there.
For example, “My goal is to lead a team. I love that your company offers job shadowing opportunities in leadership roles.”
6. Tell Me About a Challenge or Conflict at Work and How You Dealt With It?
This dreaded question can have you racking your brain, trying to think of a conflict at work that does not make you sound like you are hard to get along with (even if it was no fault of your own). But, it is best to not pretend that you have never had one.
This is not a time to vent. Instead, the interviewer wants to know how you behave when faced with conflict and whether you were proactive in dealing with it.
Briefly describe the conflict, but when it comes to how you dealt with it, elaborate. You may even offer an alternate way of dealing with the conflict.
An example of an answer: “I was part of a team that had some minor creative differences. Instead of forcing the team to go one way (or the other and being mad), I suggested taking elements of both team’s ideas and creating a new idea. I had to adjust my attitude toward the project and allow for personal growth. In the end, I learned from the others I worked with on the project, and I continue to use some of their ideas today.”
7. Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?
This question can come in many forms. An interviewer may ask why you have a gap in employment or why you left your last job. However it is phrased, it can be a tricky question to answer.
When you answer this question, do not disparage your current or former employer. Your job search can be explained as wanting to expand into new possibilities. You may also want to mention how the job posting you are interviewing for is more suited to your skills and experience.
For example, “I have been able to be a part of a great company at my current job, but I am looking to work somewhere that has an emphasis on customer relations, which is where I excel.”
Interviewing for a job is intimidating, and remote interviews can be even more so. From deciding on the logistics of setting up for the interview, to jitters about your Wi-Fi connection, and figuring out where to look during the interview, it can be overwhelming.
Prepare for the interview by formulating answers to the most common interview questions to help alleviate some anxiety.
One sure way to stand out from the rest of the candidates? Enlist the help of a Career Development Practitioner. Career Marketing Centre has a certified and award-winning interview strategist, also known as an interview coach.
With interview coaching from Career Marketing Centre, you will come up with ways to structure your interview answers based on an award-winning methodology. You will also receive a series of potential interview questions and directions on how to answer behavioural and value-based interview questions you may be asked.
If you are ready to get ahead of the competition on your remote interview, contact Career Marketing Centre to get started.