What Those Job Interview Questions Are Really Asking You


You know the questions, but is the answer you have what they really want?



When you walk into an interview, you pretty much know what you’re coming in for. While there may be some surprise questions, there are a chosen few that have become staples over the years. It isn’t just out of habit that these questions are asked, they’ve been tried and tested, and you should be prepared.



Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?

When you’re asked this question, the company wants to know if you’re a worthy investment. They don’t want to hire someone that is only going to stay with them for a year or two; they want someone determined for the long haul. You don’t have to say outright that you see yourself continuing to grow in their company specifically, but it is best to point your answer in the direction of growth.


What can you tell me that isn’t on your resume?

This is your cue to say something personal. The company generally wants to know what you do in your spare time, what you stand for and what you can offer them on more a holistic level. Your credentials may be stellar, but if your personality doesn’t match with their current setup, you’re likely not to get the job.



Why should we hire you?

This is pretty straight forward, but you need to sound unique. They’re asking you about what sets you apart from the countless other resumes they’ve looked through.


Are you a people person? Do you work well in a group?

A happy work environment is vital and no job is an individual activity. No matter what you’ll be doing, you will be in contact with other people. If you say you don’t work well with people, then they might think of you as a possible chink in the system.


What’s your greatest strength/weakness?

This is all about how well you know yourself and what they can expect from you. Saying a strength is your chance to brag and sharing your weakness is how you can talk about how you constantly improve yourself.




Practice makes perfect. If it will help to say your answers aloud in front of a mirror, do it. If you’re better just reviewing the answers in your head, do that. Just prepare—it might be the first step to a new chapter in your life.