How To Answer 6 Common Interview Questions

There are 6 common interview questions that employers ask aspiring applicants to differentiate a person from the rest of the group. These questions are often open ended and can make or break you. Most employers ask these questions to give them a glimpse of the applicant's personality traits and his professional outlook. If you find yourself in that situation, facing the common questions, here is how to answer them:

  • Tell me about yourself. When an interviewer asks you this question, remember that he does not want to hear about your hobbies or your neighborhood. If you are not prepared to answer this question, the chances are, you will not be able to "sell" yourself to the company. This is a one-minute commercial on your professional career. When you answer this question, you should be organized with your answer. You do not need to narrate your resume but you can sum it up as if you are telling the interviewer your professional life story.
  • Why should we hire you? People tend to answer this question generalized. Your interviewer needs to hear more than the usual answers like "I'm hardworking" or "I learn fast." You should pinpoint your qualities that are valuable to the company you are applying for. You can point out your achievements that you have done in your past work experiences to give you a notch higher than your competitors.
  • Why do you want to work here? The common mistake of applicants in answering this question is focusing too much on their selves. You will not be able to answer this question unless you are properly equipped with some information about the company you are applying for. Give the interviewer the impression that you know their company and how you are going to fit in it.
  • What are your weaknesses? Do not pretend that you do not have weaknesses because every human has a flaw. What you can do is to turn your weaknesses into strengths. Do not just enumerate your weaknesses without flipping it to your advantage. For example, if you think your weakness is not being patient, you can add on that because of this, you have achieved more things done without any delay and that you have taken measures to keep yourself calm as well.
  • Why did you leave your last job? Be very careful in answering this question and do not sound bitter about your previous employment. Keep your answers bounded with professional reasons like moving to better opportunities. Never speak down of your previous employer or co-workers. This will not give you a good impression.
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? The interviewer does not want to hear about your plans of getting married in the future or how you want to travel to Hawaii. Keep your answers professionally related. This will gauge your knowledge about the company you are applying for. Be sure you have researched about the goals of the company and put yourself into that future.

If you are in an interview for that job you wanted and the interviewer asks you these questions, sometimes the first thing that comes to your mind is what is the relevance of the questions with the job you are applying for? But be careful because those questions will separate you from the rest of your competitors for the job.


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