Common Client Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

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Client interviews are some of the most nerve-wracking things you can experience. First, there’s the pressure of appearing cool and collected while you try your best to sell yourself without appearing too arrogant. Then there’s remembering everything you’ve written on your resume and everything that you’ve researched about your client as well. Add to that the fact the you’re supposed to think lightning fast and articulate your thoughts properly. It’s enough to give jitters to the most calm and collected person.

The good thing about client interviews when applying for a job though is that there are usually some common questions that pop up everytime. This means that you can prepare your answers to these questions beforehand and keep your cool until the next unexpected question.

So what questions can you expect during your next client interview? Here are some common client interview questions – and how to answer them.


Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Most clients start with this one, and it’s one of the toughest questions to answer. You obviously know more about yourself than anyone, but what aspects of your life should you talk about?

The best way to answer this question is to stick to the professional aspect of your life, especially your most recent accomplishments or projects, and add a few personal stuff at the end like hobbies and interests. Keep them relevant so that they can be seen as plus points for the job you’re applying for. Keep your spiel to just a few minutes to ensure that your potential client’s attention doesn’t wander and that you don’t end up rambling.

Why do you want to work for us?

This is where your company research pays off. You have to let them see that you actually know a lot about their company or virtual business: their mission, goals, and what they stand for. Relate this to your personal beliefs and preferences, and make sure that you sound eager. Don’t ever make it seem like you’re applying just because you need a job.


What is your greatest strength/weakness?

When answering this question, it’s important to be honest but still be able to justify your answer. Make sure that your strength is something that you’re actually good at and that your client values. For the weakness part, say something that can has actually challenged you in the past but state how you have been working on this particular issue. Make sure you backup your statement with actual anecdotes.

Do you have any questions?

This might not seem difficult to answer at first, but a lot of interviewees actually freeze up when asked this question. To avoid that, list down a few important questions beforehand and make sure they’re not all about your compensation. Good questions would involve training or advancement opportunities, schedules, tools and modes of communication, and other virtual staff you might be working with.

Interviews are tough for any virtual employee, but if you prepare enough, you can definitely be more confident going in. The key thing to remember is to be honest in your resume and in your responses because your client will most likely see through your answers. Best of luck on your client interviews!


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