Frequently Asked Interview Questions

shutterstock_89779570Interviews give hiring managers the opportunity to personally assess candidates, looking for the person who will be the best fit not only in the current opening, but also within the corporation. Usually lasting between 30 minutes to an hour, this brief window of time is your opportunity to sell yourself above and beyond what anyone could read about you on a single piece of paper. Most of the time, a successful interview comes down to your ability to remain calm and collected under pressure. Preparing yourself for some of the most common interview questions ahead of time can help you to do just that.

Tell Me About Yourself?

You can expect most interviews to start off with a generic question like this. The hiring manager wants to get a feel for who you are, and what better way is there to accomplish that, than to give you a few minutes to speak freely about your background and what you believe you have to offer. Avoid answering this question with anything too personal; your current relationship status and whether or not you have a baby on the way isn’t relevant to the job you are hoping to land. Instead, stick to topics your interviewer will find most pertinent, including your educational background and what piqued your interest the most about the opening you are now interviewing for.

What are Your Biggest Strengths and Weaknesses?

This is always a tough question to answer, because you don’t want to come off as arrogant, but you don’t want to undersell yourself either. Tailor your answer about strengths to the job, indirectly referencing back to a few key points you remember seeing on the job description as you talk about your assets in those areas. When it comes to your weakness, put a positive spin on whatever you mention. For instance, a good weakness might be that you are a bit of a perfectionist who occasionally puts too much pressure on yourself to get the details of a new project or presentation just right.

Why Are You Interested in Working Here?

Most interviewers want to know that you are interested in this job at this company, not just any job anywhere. If they don’t feel you would be passionate in this role, they won’t want to hire you out of fear that you will quickly move on to any better opportunity that presents itself. Use this question as your chance to assure the interviewer that you have done your research about both the company and the job, talking up aspects of each that you would be excited to take on.

Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?

With this question, interviewers are trying to gauge not only your company loyalty, but also what kind of employee you would be if you came on board. Never make the mistake of talking poorly about your previous employer. Instead, mention the things you loved about your old job, before giving an honest yet positive reason for leaving. For instance, you may simply want to say that you had mastered your old position and found yourself ready to look for a new challenge. Speak glowingly about what you learned previously, even as you place an emphasis on where you hope to be in the future.

How Have You Handled Difficult Situations With Coworkers in the Past?

Show the interviewer that you are a team player when you answer this question. Speak about ways you have worked to build unity and meet on common ground with coworkers you otherwise may not have always seen eye to eye with. Avoid placing blame and instead talk about differing personalities and how you worked to come together.

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kylie hammond

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