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Preparing for an interview can be a tad bit intimidating. At WSI, we always do our best to make people feel at ease during the interview process by creating a welcoming, laid-back environment. To take even more of the pressure off, we’ve compiled a list of top interview questions and answers. (You’re welcome.)

1.“How did you hear about us?”

This is a great opportunity to express your interest, or even your connection to the company. If you found out about the position through a friend or other contact, give them a name drop. If you found out about the position through a job board, share what caught your eye about the position and why you decided to apply.

2. “Why are you leaving your current job?”

If you’re currently employed, chances are, you’ll be asked this question. It’s easy to dwell on bad experiences, but try to keep it positive. Let’s say you’re leaving your current job because of the lack of growth opportunities. Instead of complaining about your current employer, say something like, “I’d love to be apart of a company where I know there’s room for growth, and I know I’d have that opportunity here.”

3. “What are you looking for in a new position?”

Ideally, you’ll have researched the position beforehand. Try mentioning a stable work schedule, the positive atmosphere, or the type of work.

4.“Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

Hands down – the hardest question (in our opinion). Your interviewer isn’t necessarily looking for a play-by-play of the next 5 years of your life. What they’re looking for is that you’ve thought about your future and that this role aligns with that vision. Want to become a certified welder? Mention it! Want to hone your leadership skills so you can ultimately manage a team? That’s great! If you’re not sure – no worries. Simply state that you’re not sure, and that you hope this role will help you decide.

5. “Can you tell me about a conflict you’ve faced at work and how you dealt with it?”

This question is typically asked to evaluate your problem solving skills and how well you work under pressure. It’s a great opportunity to show your interviewer your positive attitude. Here’s an example: “At my previous job we were left understaffed during one of our busiest days. I was able to calmly delegate tasks efficiently. We were able to get through the day will minimal hiccups and my boss was pleased.”

6. “Do you have and questions for me?”

This is a great time to learn more about the company you’ll potentially be working for. Don’t be afraid to ask about the work environment, the hours, schedule, location, etc. This not only gives you more insight into the role, but it shows your WSI recruiter that you’re engaged and interested in the position.

Take some time to think about these questions and you’ll interview like a seasoned pro!

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