Most Common Interview Questions And Answers - Part 1
Wouldn’t it be great if you knew exactly what questions a hiring manager would be asking you in your next job interview?
We’ve compiled some of the most commonly asked interview questions, along with advice for answering them all!
Tell me about yourself
This question seems simple, but people often don’t prepare for it despite how crucial and common a question it is. Try to give a pitch that’s concise and compelling, showing exactly why you’re the right fit for the job. Use past, present, or future experiences to talk a little bit about your current role, then give some background as to how you got there. Writing this out is a good practice!
Example: “Well, I’m currently an Associate Pastor, where I have the privilege of coordinating our small groups, encouraging and inspiring our volunteers, and teaching on occasion. Before that I worked as a Youth Pastor and really discovered how much I love counselling and supporting families. In both those roles I learned how much I love encouraging and supporting people, which is why I’m so excited about this opportunity and the responsibilities of leading staff, coordinating leadership development events and providing pastoral care.
Why do you want this job?
People want to hire individuals who are passionate about the job, so you should have a great answer about why you want the position! First, identify a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you (e.g., “I love helping high school students discover how their faith applies to their daily life!”). Then be sure to highlight what you love about the organization you’re interviewing with.
Example: “I’ve always wanted an opportunity where I could lead creatively and coordinate the various elements of the Sunday experience. From what I’ve seen your church values creativity and innovation and loves finding ways to help people better engage in worship. I believe this opportunity plays to my strengths and aligns with the sort of church culture I’d thrive in.”
Why are you leaving your current job?
It’s important to keep things positive and try to frame things in a way that shows that you’re eager to take on new opportunities and lean more into your strengths. If there are wounds from your past employer, be sure to share those in a way that are both honest as well as respectful.
Example: “I’m ready for the next challenge in my career. I loved the people I worked with and the projects I worked on, but at some point, I realized I wasn’t being challenged the way I used to be. Rather than let myself get too comfortable, I decided to pursue a position where I can continue to grow.”