Here are some of the most frequently asked interview questions and tips on how to answer them.
It can be easy to get overwhelmed and find yourself at a loss for words at job interviews, whether it is your first or your tenth. Thankfully, practice makes perfect. Thinking of possible interview questions and coming up with drafted answers can make a world of difference! We have compiled a list of the top interview questions in Singapore identified by HR experts for you to prepare for, ahead of your next job interview.
“Tell Me About Yourself.”
This may seem like an innocuous question, but it is a good chance for you to show your interviewer that you are the perfect fit for the job. Be careful not to waffleand to instead, align your answer to the position you are applying for as much as possible. If you are applying for a job in the fashion industry, you would want to give a background about how you first found the passion for fashion, and any work experience that is related to this industry, instead of regaling your interviewer with tales of your primary school experience.
Also, do not limit yourself to just talking about your work experience and qualifications — your interviewer can easily find all that information from your CV. Instead, try to include examples of what you enjoy doing outside of work, but make sure these examples are relevant to the job you are applying for. For instance, if you are applying for a job in the technology industry, it may be helpful for you to talk about how you enjoy keeping up-to-date with the latest tech gadgets and the various programming projects you take part in during your free time. You can also cite the latest news you read on tech blogs.
“What Are Your Strengths/Weaknesses?”
Think about what type of characteristics would best suit the position you are applying for and pick two or three that relate to you. For instance, if you are applying for a job as a business analyst, be sure to let your interviewer know that your strength lies in critical thinking, problem-solving and good communication.
On the other hand, talking about your weaknesses can be tricky. The key here is to be as honest as possible and demonstrate self-awareness and a desire to improve yourself. However, do bear in mind that your weakness should not be something that is critical to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a job as a project manager, “multitasking” should not be one of your weaknesses.
“What Attracted You to Our Company?”
Being near to home or on your bus route is not the right answer here! Do your research about the company, focusing on things such as its working culture and its internal offerings like training programmes, opportunities for rotation etc. You can then show your interviewer how well-prepared you are by demonstrating knowledge about the company, and how its corporate values and interests align with yours.
For example, if the company has a reputation for technological innovation, you can talk about how you have been keeping up with news about its various projects and how you would like to work at a company that allows you to be at the forefront of technology by creating industry-leading solutions.
While you do not have to come up with a very specific career path, it would be helpful for you to set realistic goals to show your interviewer that you are driven, ambitious and interested in a long-term career in this company.
“What Are Your Goals in the Next Five Years?”
While you do not have to come up with a very specific career path, it would be helpful for you to set realistic goals to show your interviewer that you are driven, ambitious and interested in a long-term career in this company. For instance, you could say that you hope to gain more expertise in your industry, and perhaps take on more managerial responsibilities within the next five years.
“What Business Challenge Have You Faced and How Did You Overcome It?”
Pick a business challenge that you were able to overcome using a skill that best relates to the job you are applying for. If you had managed to improve the workflow in your previous company to increase productivity, explain to your interviewer the approach you took, including your thought process and actions.
“What Can You Contribute to the Job and Our Company?”
Examples of previous accomplishments would be a great way to demonstrate what you could possibly achieve in this job and add value for this company in the future. Statistics may come in handy here. For instance, you could let your interviewer know that you were able to increase your company’s sales by 50 percent, even in the midst of the Singapore recession in 2009! Employees who are over 40 have a wealth of experience that is not just confined to paper qualifications. Highlight some of your soft skills like a sense of responsibility as a team leader and being a good communicator that will make you an asset to the company.
“Do You Have Any Questions?”
Interviews are not just a one-way street; you are there to learn more about the company as much as the interviewer is there to find out more about you! Take advantage of this opportunity to ask your interviewer thoughtful questions, such as how this position has evolved (if it is not a new position) or how the company defines success.
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