Interviewers will ask you many questions. It’s important that you answer them all in a positive way. Employers will appreciate your thoughtfulness in answering interview questions. This article will explain why it is important to avoid negative interview responses, provide tips on answering interview questions, and list the worst interview responses with suggestions for improving them.
Here are 10 bad interview answers and ways to improve them
These are the top 10 interview questions that you should be asking and the worst answers. We have suggestions for how to improve your answers so that you can show your skills for the job.
1. Tell me about yourself.
Poor answer: “What would be your favorite thing to know?”
How to improve your answer: This question is common in interviews. Prepare a summary of your work experience and qualifications that relates to the job. Employers will appreciate your specific answers. Employers will appreciate your specific answers that include details about your work history. Employers might be interested in your experience as a help desk technician if you can share that you have many years of helping family and friends with computer problems.
2. What was the most disappointing thing about your job?
Poor answer: “I was frustrated with my manager because they micromanaged and controlled me.”
How to improve your answer: It doesn’t matter how much experience you have had in your last job. However, it is important to talk positively about other employers to show that you are optimistic. Consider the experiences you have had at your previous job. Then answer the question with a positive attitude that demonstrates your professional growth. You could, for example, say you struggled with communication with your manager at first but that eventually you developed trust and were able to work on projects independently, which helped you reach your career goals.
3. What is your weakness?
Poor answer: “I honestly don’t believe I have any weaknesses.”
How to improve your answer: It is important to be open and honest about any weakness you may have so that you can demonstrate to an employer that you are self-aware and eager to learn. Choose a weakness that doesn’t have an impact on your ability or potential to do the job well. A weakness you are actively working on improving can also be described. You could, for example, tell your employer you struggle with multitasking but that you are working on improving this skill by creating a daily to-do list and prioritizing the most important tasks.
4. What is your greatest strength
Poor answer: “I am a quick learner.”
How to improve your answer: Employers will appreciate a detailed answer to this question. Answering this question should be based on your strengths and the job. If possible, give examples of how you have used these strengths in your past job. If you are applying for an administrative position, the interviewer could say that you have exceptional organizational skills and that you were able to create and maintain an electronic filing system.
5. What do you know about the company’s operations?
Poor answer: “I’m sure you sell food products.”
How to improve your answer: Do some research about the company before you go to the interview. This will allow you to provide a complete answer. To help you prepare for the interview, give specific information about the company in your answer. This will show employers that you are interested in working for the company. Highlight your strengths and how they can help the company achieve its goals. You could, for example, tell your employer that you are aware of the company’s mission to provide exceptional service to every customer. Then explain how you can help them achieve this goal.
6. Why would you like to work here?
Poor answer: “I just moved and want to find a better job in my new area.”
How to improve your answer: Give specific reasons why you are passionate about the job. This question is often asked by interviewers to find out what you know about a company, and how you would fit in the company culture. Before you go to the interview, do some research and take notes about the company culture that you can use when answering the question. You could, for example, say you are aware that the company encourages cross-functional collaboration between departments and that you’re enthusiastic about using your teamwork skills in order to help others.
7. What are your priorities for professional development?
Poor answer: “I work so much that I rarely have the time to concentrate on professional development.”
How to improve the answer This can show employers that you are committed to your career development, which is a valuable quality. Answer this question by giving examples of how you have grown professionally in the past. You might tell an interviewer, for example, that you joined a professional association to learn from other professionals.
8. Why should we hire your skills for this job?
Poor answer: “I am confident that I can do great work in this position.”
How to improve your answer: Be specific in answering this question. List some of the qualifications that you possess that could make you stand out from other job applicants in your answer. Next, give examples of how you have used these qualifications in other jobs. This will help employers convince you that you are the right candidate for the job. You might tell employers, for example, that you are a skilled negotiator and were the best salesperson at your previous job.
9. In five years, where do you see yourself?
Poor answer: “I hope I’ll be working in that role.”
How to improve your answer: Show employers that you are committed to learning and developing professionally in a new position. Describe your career goals and how they relate to the company’s strategic goals. Research the career progression of people who are applying for the job you’re interested in and make sure your responses align with this path. If you are applying for an entry-level job, employers might ask you if you would like to manage a team of people and focus on improving operational efficiency.
10. Have any questions?
Poor answer: “No, you’ve covered all I wanted to know.”
How to improve your answer: This question allows you to get to know more about the company as well as the job. Employers will appreciate a prepared list of questions to ask about the job. This can demonstrate that you are ready for an interview and that you are interested in the position. You can use your responses to ask questions that will give you more information about the job, such as what training you would receive and how a manager would rate your performance. You could ask the interviewer about how team members work together to achieve common goals.