April 18, 2023

There are questions that although common, require you to practice them to provide the best answers during job interviews. This starts with understanding why the question is being asked and what the interviewer may be looking out for.

Interviewers seek to assess not just your technical skills, but your soft skills as well; they look out for your ability to communicate effectively, your ability to solve problems and work with others, etc. 

At WAVE, we offer soft skills training, that everyone and particularly job seekers need to find jobs. Our employability skills training provide young people with the opportunity they need to develop soft skills to stand out on the job.

Now, let us dive into the questions;

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Typically, this question is to assess your ambition, your long-term career plans, and if you are committed to growing with the organisation.

When answering this question, show the interviewer that you are interested in growing within the organisation and not just interested in getting paid for the job. You can also highlight the soft skills and practices that would help you achieve continuous growth and development.

What is your greatest weakness?

This question usually feels like you are shooting yourself in the foot, but it does not have to be. The interviewer is simply trying to understand how self-aware you are and what you have been doing to improve in any area. Being more self-aware also means you are more emotionally intelligent and this is a crucial soft skill that is necessary to succeed on the job.

You can share a real weakness that is not essential to the job you are applying for, share what you are doing to improve the weakness, and share the impact of your efforts to improve your weakness.

Why should we hire you?

This requires you to sell yourself; communicate the value you bring and highlight your skills and achievements while connecting them to the needs of the organisation. Focus on how you would bring value to the organisation and the role, Demonstrate understanding, highlight experience, mention achievements, and share why are you excited to join the organisation.

Your ability to communicate effectively is useful here, otherwise, the interviewer would be unsure of the value you bring.

Honing in on your soft skills is also important for you to communicate effectively.

Tell me about yourself

Usually, this is asked at the beginning of the interview for the interviewer to get an overview of your background and experience.  Practicing ahead would help you succinctly communicate your background, focusing on the needs of the organization and your relevant skillset. When asked this question, you can also highlight your soft skills as well as your technical skills because they are equally important.

Remember to also focus on only information that is relevant to your professional life and keep it concise and straight to the point. Speak about who you are professionally, highlight your experience and expertise, and share why you want the job.

Having employability skills is crucial in also answering these questions and our employability skills training help young people get ready for the world of work and employment.

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