When I reviewed the 2023 top interviewing questions that will be asked on your next interview, I was not surprised that the two most asked in 2022 are still going to be the most frequently asked this year too.
- Tell me about yourself.
- Walk me through your resume.
Since these are still considered the most frequently asked questions, I do recommend spending some time getting comfortable with your answers. Being able to have insight into what hiring managers are really looking for in your response, and what it takes to show that you’re the right person for the job gives you the heads-up you will need in your interviews.
Tell me about yourself.
This question seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial.
Don’t launch into your work history, that will come later. Tell the interviewer a bit about yourself, where you grew up, your education, sports, internships, if you’re not from the area, and what brought you to relocate.
Then talk a little bit about your current role including the scope and perhaps one big accomplishment, then give some background as to how you got there and the experience you have that’s relevant. Finally, segue way into why you want- and would be perfect for – this role.
Walk me through your resume.
Like “Tell me about yourself,” this question is a common interview opener. The interviewer wants to hear how clearly you can walk him/her through your resume. They will be listening for enthusiasm and also watching your body language.
Instead of framing your answer around what qualities and skills make you best for the position.
Start your answer by telling your career story. You might choose to tell this story chronologically, especially if there’s a great anecdote about what set you on this path. Or, as with “Tell me about yourself,” you can begin with your present job and then talk about what brought you here and what you want to do next. But regardless, when you speak about your “past” and “present,” that match this job and wrap up by talking about the future, connect your past and present together to show why this job should be the next one you add to your resume.
These two opening questions give the interviewer an idea of your personality and would your experience be a good fit for this role.
I can add a third question.
“Do you have any questions for me?”
If the candidate does not have at least one question about the company culture, goal for this role, or the team, I feel that they have not done enough research and they should have at least one question to ask.
So, keep that in mind too.
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