It’s that time again! You’ve just landed the interview for your dream job in Canada, but now you’re paralyzed with fear. What are they going to ask? How should you respond? What do they want to hear? What if you don’t know the answer? It turns out, there is some good news though: you aren’t alone! This article outlines some of the common questions asked by hiring managers in Canada and how to properly answer them. Read on for total clarity on what they want to hear from you…
Basic job interview questions and answers in Canada
What do you know about this company?
There are two answers that work well for this question. You could say: “I’m familiar with your company’s product because I’ve used your products since I was a kid!” or “I’ve learned a lot about your company through my research on the Internet, and I’d like to share what I’ve learned with you.”
These answers show that you care enough to see if this is the right fit for you. It also shows you did your homework which is always impressive!
Why do you want to work here?
You should make sure to mention one thing in particular. For example, if the job requires a high level of customer service you should say something like “I value each and every one of my customers so I’d want to work for a company that feels the same.”
You could also mention the great benefits, interesting work you would be doing, or really anything that stands out about this job.
What are your greatest strengths?
You have to have at least two good strengths to answer this question! Once you’ve thought about these, think about how they relate to the job. Maybe you are detail-oriented because you’re planning on handling customer service for tons of customers. Or perhaps your ability to follow through with projects is because this will help you finish tasks on time. Either way, mention it!
Let’s also consider that you might be the only member of the team with this particular skill. If this is true, then you might want to highlight that, too.
What are your weaknesses?
Your weaknesses should relate to the job you are applying for. Listing everything under the sun might really give away how unprepared you are for this work. Instead, think about what exactly makes your job harder than other jobs out there. Perhaps helping one customer really drives you to the brink of insanity! This will show how dedicated and passionate you are about working at this firm, and also gives an indication as to whether or not they will hire someone with those tendencies.
Why should We Choose you over all the other candidates?
This question is designed to see how assertive you are. Now, this doesn’t mean that you should act like a jerk or anything. You just need to be able to back up your claims. For example, if you list “strong work ethic” as one of your strengths, you should go ahead and tell me how it has benefitted other jobs in the past. If you say “excellent work ethic,” I’ll assume that it’s hard for people to get in the office at 6 AM every day!
Doing this shows your honesty and openness about what kind of employee you are. It also shows that you’re willing to defend these claims.
What are your salary expectations?
This is one of the most difficult questions anyone can ask during an interview, but there are a couple of ways to answer it. First, make sure not to say “the most you can pay me.” Instead, say something like “I’m looking for a salary commensurate with my experience and skillset in the line of work.” This will prompt that you set expectations that you already have in your mind. If I offer more, then great! If not, then at least we both know what’s possible for this role.
Be open and honest. You can never assume that your salary is worth more than it actually is!
Give Me an Instance when you overcame a challenge?
This question can be very difficult to answer. In fact, I personally have not yet been able to answer this question properly. There’s no need to describe every single difficult situation that comes your way. Try to focus on something that shows that you have perseverance and are able to work through adversity. For example: “I had a client who became very upset with me – I had a deadline of 2 days he was complaining all day and night. Finally, I had to put my foot down and say that this wasn’t really what I expected. I told him that if he wanted to spend his money with me then he had to work with me on this particular task. He didn’t like it but the work got done.”
What are your long-term goals?
When I ask this question during the interview, I’m trying to figure out how you think about yourself professionally. Do you see yourself reaching director or VP level? Or maybe you have a specific skill set in mind that you want to develop through this position? Whatever your goal is, make sure it’s realistic and mentions a growth plan.