Five top tips on answering job interview questions

Bayt.com's vice-president of sales Suhail Al-Masri on the most likely questions to emerge and how to make sure you are prepared for them

Suhail Al-Masri, VP of sales at Bayt.com
Suhail Al-Masri, VP of sales at Bayt.com

Job interviews can be a daunting process. However, the best way to ace your next job interview is to prepare answers to the questions you are most likely to be asked. Suhail Al-Masri, vice-president of sales at job site Bayt.com, lists the five most common interview questions and how to approach them.

1. Tell me about yourself
Keep your answer clear and concise; the employer wants to make sure that you are the perfect match for their company. Avoid talking about your personal life and focus on what makes you uniquely qualified and suitable for the role at hand. This is your chance to mention your professional achievements and success stories from your previous work experience. Show them that you will be an asset for their company in the short and long term. Highlighting your accomplishments and key strengths will get you closer to landing the job!

2. What is your biggest weakness?
Answer any question on weaknesses with either a brief explanation of what area you would like to further develop your skills in, or by reiterating a key strength that you perhaps take too far. The first approach shows you know what key skill you need further work on and are willing to take action on it, and the second approach reiterates a key strength. Whatever you do don't sabotage your chances of securing the job by dwelling on real weaknesses and shortcomings that directly relate to your ability to do the job. You can mention a failure that you have successfully turned into success and demonstrate what you have learned from that experience. This shows that you are a proactive person who is willing to take the time to learn and develop new skills.

3. What makes you qualified for this particular job?
You need to demonstrate to the employer that you are extremely interested in the position and have the drive and ambition to succeed. Employers want to hire professionals who have taken the time to research the company’s products, mission and values. In fact, 20% of professional in the Bayt.com ‘Hiring Practices in the MENA region’ poll consider poor preparation to be the biggest turn-off in potential employees. Research the company and study the role you are applying for so you are well aware of what will be required from you. This is a good opportunity for you to display skills and values that would make you an asset to their company.

4. Why did you leave your last job?

Do not badmouth past employers or peers no matter how unqualified they are as it shows a lack of professionalism and integrity. Talking negatively about your boss will only make things worse for you. Employers prefer candidates who show loyalty and a high level of integrity with past employers. You need to demonstrate to the employer that you are happy with past successes and ready to achieve even more accomplishments and move forward in your career.

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Employers want to know more about your career goals. They are often looking for professionals who are motivated with a strong desire for success. In fact, according to the ‘Hiring Practices in the MENA‘ poll, 28.8% of employers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region look for ‘hunger, drive and ambition’ as the most important factors when making a hiring decision.

About Bayt.com:
Bayt.com has more than 40,000 employers and over 19,500,000 registered job seekers from across the Middle East, North Africa and the globe, representing all industries, nationalities and career levels.

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