Common Interview Questions
All interview questions try to get the same information: Why should we hire you? Answer each question in a sincere and direct way. Let the employer know that you’re qualified on paper and also in person.
Here are some common interview questions:
Tell me about yourself.
- Keep the answer brief.
Why are you interested in working for this company? How do you think you will fit in?
- Discuss positive things that you’ve learned about the company and how they fit with your career goals.
How do others describe you?
- This is another way of asking “How do you think you will fit in?” You can ask friends or colleagues how they would describe you before the interview.
What are your strengths? Give an example of how you solved a problem in the past.
- It is important to be able to show the process that you go through when dealing with a problem and how that plays to your strengths.
Give an example of a time you were able to contribute to a team project.
- If your work experience did not involve working on a team, use examples of teamwork from other aspects of your life, such as family projects or community activities.
What is your major weakness?
- Answer this question positively and show how you overcame a weakness or obstacle. Some interviewers might also ask about a time you had a disagreement with a co-worker or a boss. Don't bash your former employer, but give an honest account of how you handled the situation.
What have you done to develop or change in the last few years?
- Use this question to show that you are willing to be challenged and to improve. Employers are looking for people who are willing to continue learning.
Where do you see yourself in three years?
- Telling the interviewer “In this job!” is not a good idea. Be honest about your career goals and how you want to improve yourself and your community.
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