Getting ready for your job interview with Lynx – The most common interview questions.

If you have landed a job interview, it means you’ve already made quite an impression on your potential hirers. Now, you have a final opportunity to convince them that you’re the right candidate for the position. 

So, how can you make sure you’re going to tell everything they expect to hear from you? By getting ready for your Interview. 

Lynx People have already shared eight tips on how you can nail it. Part of the preparation process mentioned in the article includes anticipating what interviewers may ask you and try to speak about those topics while practicing in front of the mirror or with someone you trust.

The Lynx’s general manager Evelin Alvares said rehearsing may also help foreigners to feel more confident with their English.

Evelin was live on an Information Planet Facebook event to talk about the most common job interview questions and how to answer each one of them.

Here are the questions listed by Evelin.  

-Where can you see yourself in five years from now? According to Evelin, this is a tricky subject. Plans can change, and you may need to show flexibility to adapt. To illustrate, you might tell that you wish to become a manager or be in a position where one of your interviewers occupies now. In case that person still wants the same thing as you in the future, how can you assure them you’ll be comfortable with the situation?

“It is about your expectations, and how flexible you are with them,” said Evelin.

What are your strengths and weaknesses? The general manager explains it may be a difficult question to answer, but you’ll need to tell the truth. Every person has a weakness. 

When addressing a weakness, candidates can also tell the interviewers what actions they’re taking to deal with it. 

“An example of it is difficulty concentrating. The person recognises the issue, but she reveals what measures she’s found to organize her schedule. For instance, she tries to read a book 20 minutes a day to help her concentrate more,” Evelin said.

Why should we hire you? If you’ve read the selection criteria and you know what differentiates you from the other candidates, this is the moment to highlight your best personality traits. Remember to be always honest.

Tell me more about you and your previous experience. That is the part where you’re going to talk about places you’ve worked before taking into consideration the job description. It is all about explaining that you can deliver what they’re looking for by using as examples the results you’ve previously achieved.

Why do you want to work here? If you have done your research, you’ll be able to enumerate some of the reasons you’re choosing to work for that company. 

“In this case, it is not about the position, but the business. You can say you like that place because you’ve seen they are regularly innovating. And you enjoy working with creativity and innovation. Or, you prefer a formal environment, and it has everything to do with you. Two opposites, but they are points you may consider mentioning,” said Evelin.

What are your salary expectations? According to Evelin, this may be the most complicated topic to discuss in an interview. 

“It is a delicate issue. The candidate wants to take the job, but he should show his value too. He can’t demonstrate he is desperate. By using the right approach, he can convince the employers that they need him as much as he wants the job.”

Lynx has already published an article listing seven facts you should know about negotiating a salary before accepting a job offer.

What skills and experiences do you bring that will help you succeed in this role?  Evelin says it is a type of question that requires a method to answer.

The STAR Method

When employers and recruiters make a behavioral question, applicants can apply the STAR Method to talk about hard and soft skills. STAR means Situation, Task, Action, and Results. 

First, a candidate chooses a situation. Then, describe a task assigned to him, the actions he has taken to accomplish it, and the results he has achieved.

According to the general manager, it is important to specify your realizations apart from what the team did. “Many people say: we did it, we were in charge of it, and we managed it. But what have you done? What was your part in all of it?”

“If you got to the point of getting an interview in a company, you’ve already passed many tests. You’ve talked to a recruiter, like Lynx, or someone from the organisation has called you. If they’re are satisfied with the information they gathered and willing to meet you, do not hesitate. Be confident!” 

Willing to find more tips on how to nail your job interview? Discover more articles about a career in Australia on Lynx’s Blog.