How many times have we you heard the phrase ‘fail to prepare, prepare to fail’? If you have managed to get to the interview stage, you don’t want to mess it up and so preparation is key.
Steele-Dixon takes a look at some typical questions to help you prep!
1. Most interviews start with the generic question ‘tell me a bit about yourself’. This may seem like an easy start, but it is designed to be a test of your focus. It’s easy to go off on a tangent, so try and keep your answer clear, precise and to the point. Don’t waffle on about your social life and keep it work related. Try and add in how your personal qualities and strengths would perfectly fit the role. Reading the job description thoroughly beforehand will greatly help you.
2. ‘What is your biggest strength?’ As mentioned above, you want to showcase why you would be a great asset to the team. Don’t just list every strength you can possibly think of, but focus on a couple of key strengths which you can really use to sell yourself on, and really benefit the position you are applying for. Ensure you don’t start talking about strengths which are irrelevant to the job as this will show you haven’t done your reading about the role at hand.
3. ‘What is your greatest weakness?’ This is probably one of the hardest questions to answer and time should be spent perfecting it. Everyone has weaknesses, so be honest (as long as your weakness isn’t a key skill required by the employer!) The key is to show what you are doing to improve your weaknesses and demonstrate to the employer you are always striving to be better and learn new skills.
4. ‘Why should we hire you?’ This is the best opportunity to show off and really separate yourself from the other candidates. Don’t shy away from this question but instead tell the employer why you are perfect for the role. Use examples from previous employment which tap into the qualities you will bring to the new company.
5. ‘Why do you want to work for us?’ This is a cult classic. Research is absolutely key to answer this question. Showing you are passionate about the company, what they do and what they stand for will be invaluable. Talk about what you like about the company, but don’t go too over the top! Be sincere and show you have a genuine interest, as your employer will be able to spot straight away if you haven’t done your background research!
If you need any help with your interview preparations, please do not hesitate to get in contact with one of our expert automotive recruiters. Steele-Dixon has been in the industry for over 50 years, so we know the automotive industry inside-out and we will be able to help answer any questions you may have pre-interview.