1. “What is your biggest weakness?”
The answer should show that you are self-aware enough to recognize your own weaknesses, and determined enough to do something about them. A good way to come up with your answer is to take one of your biggest strengths, consider the possible downsides of that strength, and then how you can minimize that downside.
For example, “I’ve always had trouble working on multiple projects at once, because it’s more natural for me to work on one thing until it’s finished and perfect. So when I need to multitask, I keep detailed to-do lists, and now I never miss a deadline.”
Whatever story you prepare, make sure your weakness is not one of the “required skills” in the job ad!
2. “Why do you have this gap in your work history?” or “Why have you been unemployed for X years?”
If you have to explain an employment gap, your answer should show that the gap is not your fault, and that you were doing something during that time to maintain or improve your work-related skills. For example, “I needed to take six months off to care for a sick loved one, but during that time, I did some volunteer work for ABC Charity and consulting for XYZ Company. That medical need has passed, so now I am ready to return to work and show the world what I can do.”
If your gap was due to a disability that do you do not want to disclose during the interview, you might say something like, “I had to temporarily leave the workforce due to medical reasons, but during that time, I kept up my skills by reading industry journals and doing some freelance work. Now I’m ready to return to work full time, and use my skills to help this company grow.”
3. “What are your salary requirements?” …Click to read more…