Ace your next job interview


Be ready for hard-hitting questions and ace that job interview.


When it comes to a job interview, make no mistake – the first impression really is everything. You’ve got your foot in the door, now its time to wow your prospective employer. Interviews often throw candidates a curve ball with questions that put you on the spot-just to gauge if they’re right for the job. Here are the questions to prepare for and tips on how to answer them in a way that’s sure to impress.

What is the worst mistake you’ve made? What is your most criticised flaw, as judged by your peers?

Interviewers ask questions like these in the hope that you are honest about your weaknesses. So don’t panic. Remember, no one is perfect and everyone makes mistakes.

Who was your best and worst boss? What were your likes and dislikes at your last position?

Your answer provides the interviewer an insight into the way you handle yourself in the work environment and your work relations with colleagues. Be prepared with positive remarks to show that you are adaptable and a good team player.

Why you are leaving your current place of work? Why have you been out of work?

These are tricky. Response with honesty and turn any negative experience around by showing confidence that you’re taking a new direction in your life.

Why should we hire you?

This is your opportunity to convince the interview that you’re a must-have! Express why you’re the best fit for the position, and that you have what it takes to solve problems and get the job done.

What is the salary you’re expecting?

The golden rule here: never discuss salary on your fist interview. If you are called back for a second interview, get the employer to give you a range for the position you want. Also do your homework beforehand so hat you know the market salary range for the job you’re going for, and don’t be afraid to negotiate for a higher pay.