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Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

Answering questions at a job interview can be a tad bit difficult if you have not practiced in advance some of those questions. Job candidates sometimes complain about nerves and being unable to answer interview questions on the spot. Often times by not preparing, a job interview candidate is setting himself up for failure. There are several ways to prepare for a job interview and practicing job interview questions before hand is top of that list

Resumeguy has compiled a list of 10 most common interview questions and how you can answer them. This list was curated from research and from speaking to prominent job interviewers. Remember, the only way one can perform well in an interview is by preparation.

1. Tell Me About Yourself

Perhaps the most common job interview question. It has been asked so much one would think it will stop being asked by now but that does not seem to be the case.

How To Answer

  • Keep your response concise and straight to the point. A general rule of thumb is to keep it less than 2 minutes
  • Keep it professional. Briefly discuss your professional work experience and why this opportunity is great for you
  • Don’t talk about your family or personal details. No one wants to hear about all that

2. Why should we hire you?

Another popular job interview question. In this case, the job interviewer wants you to tell him or her why you should be employed to fix the problem they have. This is an opportunity for you to sell yourself. Do not sell yourself short

How To Answer

  • From your job research and the job description you can tell who the company is looking to hire. Be that ‘who’.
  • Show that you are the candidate that possesses the skills and experience to fix or solve the company’s problem for that role
  • Briefly described how you have used that/those skill(s) to solve a similar problem in the past.

3. Why did you leave your last job or Why are you looking to leave your current job?

Here’s a simple question seeking to know if you were fired or you voluntarily left your last job. You need not fret if you were fired (especially if it was for a mistake you made). Explain to the interviewer the mistake you made and how you have learned and improved from it.

How To Answer

  • Talk about your growth and how you seek a more challenging environment. Point to a particular quality which the company has that your previous employer had not
  • Do not speak negatively about your previous employer. This is one of the red flags interviewers look out for.

4. What is your greatest strength?

This is a self-awareness job interview question. The interviewer wants to know if you are aware of your strengths and how useful your strength will be to the organization.

How To Answer

  • Highlight a strength that is specifically useful to the position you are applying for
  • Check the job description for the qualities the organization is seeking for in their employee. You can always find this on their website.
  • Align your strength to one of the required or expected qualities
  • Use a real life scenario to explain how you have made use of that strength in your previous employment.

5. What is your greatest weakness?

This is another self-awareness question. It is also a trick question. You should not worry about having a weakness, all humans possess weaknesses.

How To Answer

  • Pick a skill or work related weakness that will not particularly affect your performance with the company
  • Show with proof that you are working on improving and overcoming this weakness
  • Do not say you have no weakness. That’s a lie and that’s a weakness
  • Also do not answer with cliché weaknesses such as “I am too hardworking”. That’s just…

6. Tell me about a challenge you faced and how you handled it

Interviewers ask this question to assess your problem solving skills and capacity to work under pressure.

How To Answer

  • Describe a challenge you faced and overcame using the skillset required for the role you are applying for.
  • Highlight how you solved the problem. If with a team, what role you played in solving the problem.
  • Describe your learning points from that experience and how it has been helpful to your career

7. What is your greatest accomplishment?

Another opportunity for you to blow your own trumpet. Remember to keep your answers short and straight to the point.

How To Answer

  • Talk about an achievement that is valuable to the role you are applying for
  • Briefly describe how you were able to achieve that using your skillset
  • Your achievement must have translated into tangible increase for your previous employer

8. What are your goals and aspirations?

This is a work specific question, even if it does not seem like so. No one is interested in your aspirations to become a governor.

How To Answer

  • Discuss professional goals relevant to the position you are applying for
  • You can also discuss personal goals as long as they are going to be beneficial if you eventually get the job

9. How much do you want to be paid?

No matter how qualified you may be for a position, if your price is too high with no room for negotiation, you will not be employed

How To Answer

  • Conduct a research on the average pay in that city for the role you are applying for
  • Considering your previous salary, ask for a salary that is higher than your previous salary and the average pay of that city
  • Be willing to negotiate or make compromise if there are other benefits you will be gaining from the role other than salary. Benefits such as vacations, health benefits etc.

10. Do you have any questions for me?

It is good to always have a few questions prepared for the interview. Asking the right questions shows the interviewer that you are well versed on your role or position. It also shows that you have done your research on the company.

How To Answer

  • Ask questions pertaining to the role or the organization
  • This is your opportunity to discuss areas that have not been previously discussed during the interview.
  • You can ask the interviewer about their experience working in that organization.

So there you go! The 10 most common job interview questions. Of course there’s a wide spectrum of job interview questions asked for different reasons and we have compiled a list of 50 Most Likely Job Interview questions. You can go through the list for interview questions that are not in this article to help you prepare better for your job interview. Remember, in anything you do, “Preparation is king”.

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