9 Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them
Job Seekers / Jul 17th, 2018 8:07 pm     A+ | a-
Interview questions can often seem tricky, and navigating through them is a skill. These are the most common Behavioral and Situational interview questions and how to answer them:

1- What is your biggest weakness? Countless articles online address how to answer this question. The question is not designed to see how well you can brag. The purpose of the questions is to gauge the candidate's self-awareness, so answer truthfully. Do not use a positive attribute as a weakness, for example: “I work so hard I never have any time for lunch.” Try - "I love to work so hard it gets me hungry and I get to enjoy my lunch"

2- Where do you see yourself in five or ten years? or What are your long-term career plans? When asking this question, interviewers are looking for real answers. Again, the question is not designed to see how well you can brag. The purpose of the questions is to gauge the candidate's future goals, so be humble.  for example: " I would like to find a great company that offers me room for growth to grow and keep learning"

3- Why did you leave your previous job? or What made you leave your previous job?  When asking this question, interviewers are looking for reasoning. The question is not designed to see how bad was your employer. Be honest and straightforward. Never badmouth your previous employer. The purpose of the questions is to gauge the candidate's reasoning. Try - "I loved my job there was no room for growth and career advancement so I decided to take on a new challenge" 

4- Why do you want to work here? This is where company research comes handy. Use this question as an opportunity to showcase how much you know about the company.

5- Tell me about a time when you failed.  When asking this question, interviewers are looking for adaptability. When answering this question be sure to share both sides of the story, own up to your part and what you've learned from the situation. Interviewers want to see how well you respond to a negative experience and learn from it.

6- Tell me about a time you had a conflict in the workplace. Again, what matters here is not so much the conflict, but how you resolved the conflict.

7- Tell me a little about yourself. or  Why don’t you tell me about yourself? 
This question helps the interviewer test how you handle yourself in unstructured situations. When an interviewer asks to get to know you, stick to your professional background rather than personal. The employer is trying to get a sense of what you think is important and what has caused you to perform well.

Think of this question as an opportunity, to sum up why you're the right fit for the job and the company. Have a story ready to showcase your best qualities, and how those qualities helped you achieve your goals.

8- Tell me about your strengths and weaknesses. Most People get tripped up over this question, but it's not meant to be a tricky question. The goal of this question is to find out if a candidate is aware of their own performance, so be truthful. Prepare an answer to this question well in advance.  Not a long one.  A short impressive and confident response that shows you accept constructive criticism.

Choose three examples of your strengths and one area of improvement. Don't try to use a positive as a negative. For example, “I finish my projects before anyone on my team” This is not a weakness. 

9- What do you do when you are not working? This question applies more to Senior level and management roles. If you encounter it discuss hobbies that interest you but avoid any political or religious activities.
Try - "I love to read up on new trends in our industry" or "I love the outdoors and reading a book"

Conclusion:

Interviews are scary and stressful as it is. If you have some answers prepared for the most common interview questions. It will help you overcome part of the stress and make you feel confident in any interview.

Following these tips and taking the time to prepare will increase your chances to land that job. 

Be confident knowing that you’ve done everything you can to give the best impression of yourself.


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