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Strategies for Answering Common Interview Questions

Updated on February 28, 2011

Interview Coming Up?

Interviews are the most important part of the job hunting process because they are usually the only time a company will see you face-to-face before deciding whether or not to hire you. When preparing for an upcoming interview there are things that you can do to increase your chances of nailing the interview and ultimately securing the job. There is no use in spending hours upon hours writing resumes and filling out applications if you show up at the interview and preform poorly. That is why it is important to start early and begin practicing ways to effectively prepare to answer the questions that will be asked in your interview.

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Common Interview Questions:

  • What are your weaknesses?

  • Why did you leave your last job?

  • Why do you want to work here?

  • What are your career goals?

  • What is your desired salary?

  • Do you have any questions?

Know the Popular Questions

No matter the job, there are certain interview questions that almost all employers will ask potential hires. In order to succeed in your interview you should spend some time going over your answers to the following questions. Write down the main point of your answers and go over reasons that support them. Often employers look for honest answers and can easily tell when you are not as confident in your responses. So keep in mind that it is very important that you speak from the heart and try to be as honest as you can. Speaking in this way will make your interview easier and your answers will sound natural and fluent.

Common Job Interview Questions

Answering Interview Questions

When deciding how to answer these common questions, try to put yourself in the shoes of the person that will be interviewing you. Different jobs will inevitably be looking for specific qualities, and you should have some idea of what these qualities are by the time of your interview. You can identify certain qualities pertaining to your job by looking in the job description, checking out their company website, or even by inquiring with their human resources department. Try to get a good grasp of what they will be looking for in your answers by using these resources and practicing repetitively.

At your interview you want to give answers that demonstrate you are trustworthy and hardworking. Practicing giving honest replies will make your responses come out confidently which will translate into building a relationship of trust between the interviewer and yourself.

Near the end of the interview you will likely be asked if you have any questions to ask them. For this reason, it is important to prepare a list of possible questions you may ask. Write this list on a pad of paper, or a booklet that you will bring with you on the day of the interview. It helps to write down five or ten questions, as many of your questions may have been answered over the course of the interview.

Questions to Ask During the Interview:

Practice Repetition

The best way to build confidence in your interview skills is to practice answering common questions as well as considering questions that may be specific to that particular job. You should start by writing down some key response points or, your answers "in a nutshell". Expand upon your answer by either writing down more details or taking mental notes. Then continue preparing by reciting your answer and supporting reasons verbally. Repetition is important because it helps you begin to build connections between the interview questions and yourself. If you practice for interview questions by actively thinking about your answers and also repeating them to yourself, you will be confident and prepared for your interview.


Answer With Confidence!

"Perfect practice makes permanent"

- Norton Juster


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