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Top 10 Job Interview Questions and How To Answer Them



Thorough preparation should leave you feeling calm and ready for your job interview. Here are some tips to see you through the interview. Employers look for the following traits in people they interview:

  • Honesty and integrity - don't lie about your experience or achievements

  • Good communication - be clear in your responses

  • A good fit - they want to work with someone who can do the job and fit in with their culture.

You'll receive a range of questions, each designed to determine your suitability to the job and the company. It's a good idea to think about how you would answer these questions before you get into the interview.

1. Self-introduction (Tell me about yourself).

This is the most common interview question you’ll face and it still seems to trip up a ton of job seekers every year. Keep your answer simple and to the point. Be work specific and tell the hiring manager about where you are now professionally, what you have learned from your past work experiences and then talk about what makes you excited about this specific opportunity. Don’t dive into your life story. Don’t go on about experience you may have that isn’t related to the job you’re interviewing for.

2. Why Should we hire you?

The main thing to remember here is to Be Specific and it gives you a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd and really show the hiring manager how you can help the company. You need to show that you are the perfect candidate that can solve those problems.

3. What are your strengths?

This question really lets you guide the interview where you want it to go. This your chance to relate your most impressive success story, so take advantage! Grab hold of the opportunity this question gives you. Don’t name a strength that is irrelevant to the job at hand. Don’t make claims that you can’t illustrate with a brief example or fact.

4. What are your weakness?

Show that you are aware of your weakness and what you have done to overcome it. Show that you are “self-aware” and that you have the ability to take steps to improve yourself. Don’t highlight a weakness that is a core competency of the job and Don’t dodge this question.

5. Why do you want to work for us?

Be complimentary. Most people enjoy being flattered. (Just don’t go overboard). Show how your strengths perfectly align with the job position and company culture. The hiring manager is trying to get at your underlying motivations for wanting this job.

6. "Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?"

This question can really make a lot of job seekers nervous. If you were literally fired from your last job, you’re going to have to own up to it and show what you learned from the experience and what measures you have taken to address the reasons you were let go. If it was because you left voluntarily then reference a specific characteristic that the company you are interviewing for has that you are attracted to. One that your previous employer didn’t have. Explain what you learned from the experience, because the interviewer knows you’re human, you make mistakes, and just wants to see that you were able to do something about.

7. "What Is Your Greatest Accomplishment?"

You want to pick an accomplishment that shows you have the qualities that the company puts value in and that are desirable for the position you’re interviewing for. Talk about an accomplishment that exhibits how you will be a perfect fit for the company and for the position you’re interviewing for. Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your accomplishment is “too small”. The fact is, relating a small accomplishment that is inline with “what the company values” can be more powerful than an unrelated accomplishment. (Remember: “It’s not about you, It’s about them.”)

8. "Describe A Difficult Work Situation And What You Did To Overcome It..."

Don’t bash anyone in your success story. (Coworker, boss or customer!) and Don’t ramble. Pick an example that shows you tackling a problem that could arise at the new company you’re interviewing for. This shows your value. Be specific and fairly concise.

9. "Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?"

This question catches a lot of job seekers off guard because on the surface it seems simple enough but when you dig a little deeper you’ll see that there are a couple of traps you could fall into. Demonstrate when you answer the question your level of commitment to the position they are interviewing you for Stress your interest in a long-term career at the company.

10. "Do You Have Any Questions For Me?"

This question gives you a fantastic opportunity to stand out from the crowd and show your knowledge and passion for the company or organization you are interviewing for. Focus your questions on the company and what you can do for them. Ask about something you’ve discovered in your company research. This will show your passion and knowledge of the company.

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