Most common job interview questions and answers

Interview Questions and Answers
Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming
out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list
and plan your interview answers ahead of time so you'll be ready to deliver them
with confidence.
1. What Are Your Weaknesses?
This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your weakness and
emphasizing your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on
professional traits: "I am always working on improving my communication skills to be
a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful.“
2. Why Should We Hire You?
Summarize your experiences: "With five years' experience working in the financial
industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big
difference in your company. I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team."
3. Why Do You Want to Work Here?
The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've given this some thought
and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. For example, "I've
selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I
know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high
on my list of desirable choices.“
4. What Are Your Goals?
Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself
into the distant future. For example, "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented
company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow
into a position of responsibility.“
5. Why Did You Leave (Or Why Are You Leaving) Your Job?
If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context: "I managed to survive
two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the
workforce, which included me.“
If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: "After two years, I made the
decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience.“
6. When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job?
The interviewer wants to know what motivates you. If you can relate an example of a job or
project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences. "I was very
satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is
an important part of the job for me."
7. What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't?
What makes you unique? This will take an assessment of your experiences, skills and
traits. Summarize concisely: "I have a unique combination of strong technical skills, and
the ability to build strong customer relationships. This allows me to use my knowledge and
break down information to be more user-friendly.“
8. What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You?
It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes. This is a great way
to brag about yourself through someone else's words: "My boss has told me that I am the
best designer he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of
humor.“
9. What Salary Are You Seeking?
It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Prepare by knowing the
going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point. One possible answer
would be: "I am sure when the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In
what range do you typically pay someone with my background?"
10. If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?
Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if you can think quickly. If
you answer "a bunny," you will make a soft, passive impression. If you answer "a lion,"
you will be seen as aggressive. What type of personality would it take to get the job
done? What impression do you want to make?
Avoid surprises — interviews need preparation. Some questions
come up time and time again — usually about you, your experience
and the job itself. We've gathered together the most common
questions so you can get your preparation off to a flying start.
You also find all interview questions at link at the end of this post.
Download Ebook Interview Questions & Answers
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Most common job interview questions and answers

  • 1. Interview Questions and Answers Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your interview answers ahead of time so you'll be ready to deliver them with confidence.
  • 2. 1. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: "I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful.“ 2. Why Should We Hire You? Summarize your experiences: "With five years' experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team." 3. Why Do You Want to Work Here? The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates you've given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening. For example, "I've selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices.“
  • 3. 4. What Are Your Goals? Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future. For example, "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility.“ 5. Why Did You Leave (Or Why Are You Leaving) Your Job? If you're unemployed, state your reason for leaving in a positive context: "I managed to survive two rounds of corporate downsizing, but the third round was a 20 percent reduction in the workforce, which included me.“ If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: "After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience.“ 6. When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job? The interviewer wants to know what motivates you. If you can relate an example of a job or project when you were excited, the interviewer will get an idea of your preferences. "I was very satisfied in my last job, because I worked directly with the customers and their problems; that is an important part of the job for me."
  • 4. 7. What Can You Do for Us That Other Candidates Can't? What makes you unique? This will take an assessment of your experiences, skills and traits. Summarize concisely: "I have a unique combination of strong technical skills, and the ability to build strong customer relationships. This allows me to use my knowledge and break down information to be more user-friendly.“ 8. What Are Three Positive Things Your Last Boss Would Say About You? It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes. This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone else's words: "My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of humor.“ 9. What Salary Are You Seeking? It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point. One possible answer would be: "I am sure when the time comes, we can agree on a reasonable amount. In what range do you typically pay someone with my background?"
  • 5. 10. If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be? Interviewers use this type of psychological question to see if you can think quickly. If you answer "a bunny," you will make a soft, passive impression. If you answer "a lion," you will be seen as aggressive. What type of personality would it take to get the job done? What impression do you want to make? Avoid surprises — interviews need preparation. Some questions come up time and time again — usually about you, your experience and the job itself. We've gathered together the most common questions so you can get your preparation off to a flying start. You also find all interview questions at link at the end of this post. Download Ebook Interview Questions & Answers Best rgs