-Preparing for a interview and reviewing your answers after each interview is a critical step in securing the right job. It is important your answers come across clear, concise and confident. Review your answers to questions after each interview you have completed and re-formulate your answers and what you could have said differently for the situation. Below are some common questions that may be asked in a interview and some common answers, it may you write your own answers out and review them mentally on paper.
There are five things that almost every interviewer will ask:
1. Can you tell me about yourself?
This is on of the most common question in interview history. Typically asked at the beginning of the job interview, this question gives the interviewer an opportunity to gain knowledge about you and your capabilities.
When you answer, offer a summary of your personality, skills, experience, and work history. Do not mention your baseball card collection or your pet snuggles. Try to stick with facts that will demonstrate why you are the person for the job.
2. Why do you want to work here?
Even if it is true, do not answer with: Because I really need a job and need money. Utilize the research you did prior to the interview, you can answer this question. Utilize what you know about the company. Tell the interviewer why you admire the company, their practices, or their product.
If nothing lese make a connection between the job description and your abilities. Tell the interviewer why you are compatible with their company.
3. Why should we hire you?
This is the grand daddy of all questions that you will be asked, and you need to make sure that you have a good answer. Try to be as specific as possible. Explain in detail: why you would make a good employee, why you are the right fit for their opportunity, and what sets you apart from other applicants. Point out your achievements, accomplishments, and applicable experience.
4. Why did you leave your last job?
The interviewer wants to see how you respond. Your answer should be as honest as possible, but whatever you do, try not to sound angry, or violent. And most importantly, do not talk negatively about your former company, boss, or co-workers.
5. Where do you see yourself in five years?
Why do interviewers continue to ask this question? Because- it shows them how motivated you are and it offers insight into your professional intentions. Instead of telling the interviewer that you would like to be retired and in the Bahamma’s, offer information about your professional goals as the relate to your job or industry.
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