Job interview questions are daunting for nearly everyone, particularly those questions that have to do with our strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps you don’t have the most positive attitude about yourself, or you did have a positive attitude until you hit a terribly long job hunt. You may have suffered a demeaning experience in your last job or never had a job. Whatever the reason for your less than perfect feelings about job interview questions based on self-esteem, a little preparation may make these questions much easier to handle.

<h4>Let’s start with a list of common self-esteem based job interview questions.</h4>
What are your weaknesses?
Why should we hire you?
What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?

You may be wincing right now just reading the list. Let’s go over some questions(don’t panic) you can ask yourself to overcome those negative-thought speed bumps that are popping up in your head.

#1. What do you want?

You can gracefully weasel your way through difficult questions by focusing on goals you have and things you are aiming to achieve. It serves two main purposes. First, it lessens the amount and length of times that you sit there with a deer-in-the-headlights look on your face. Second, it shows the hiring manager that you have a positive, goal-oriented outlook. They love that. Bonus: if you keep thinking like that, you might actually make it a habit and become a truly more positive and successful person.

#2. When did someone praise your work?

I know, I know. This is too much like one of those tough job interview questions, but if you think of it ahead of time, you won’t have to panic during the interview and forget everything that is hidden in your memory. Maybe it’s hard for your because your bosses weren’t very forthcoming with praise for anyone or maybe you’ve only worked with one boss and your personalities clashed. Challenge yourself to come up with compliments or positive appraisals that bosses, co-workers, teachers, or loved ones said about your work.

#3. When were you happy or proud of yourself on the job?

If you felt good about what you were doing, then be sure that enthusiasm was also appreciated by someone else whether they said it or not. People are good at what they enjoy doing. Customers, co-workers, and bosses notice these things.

#4. What accomplishments do you have outside of work?

Accomplishments don’t have to come from paid work. Volunteer work, personal projects, school achievements, and even interpersonal relationships also count as positive job interview information. If you don’t have enough job-related accounts to share, tell them how you overcame doubts to achieve a goal, enjoyed working on a team, or foresaw a friend’s need for help before they asked for it.

If you still can’t think of anything more than a thing or two that seem lame to you, ask your friends, family, co-workers, or previous bosses that you still communicate with. They should have a more objective view on your accomplishments and positive attributes than you do.

With these questions, you should be able to accomplish multiple things. For starters, you will hopefully discover or remember some wonderful things about yourself. You will also be able to go into job interviews with a boost of confidence. And most important of all, you can develop new habits that help you become a better person than you are right now, which is better for helping you find jobs and better for your life as a whole.

 

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