The Most Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

The job interview is one of the final hurdles you’ll have to jump in the pursuit of your new career. It’s the meeting where you get to learn more about your potential employer, and vice versa. That’s why it’s always good to brush up on your interview preparation beforehand, so you can create the best impression possible. The more prepared you are, the more likely you are to do well.

Here are some of the most common interview questions that you could expect to hear from your interviewer.

Tell Us About Yourself
This is the most common interview question you can expect, and it’s often used to open up an interview. It’s also relatively simple to answer, if you can avoid some of the common mistakes many candidates make. One of which is reciting the brief summary from your CV.

It’s better to start off by briefly touching on some of your interests and then moving onto your professional endeavours.

What’s Your Biggest Weakness?
It’s a common misconception to answer this question with something like, “I work too hard.” Now, to some people, that may seem like a silly and obvious answer that shouldn’t be blurted out, but it has happened before.

The better way to answer this question is to pick out something that is one of your actual weaknesses that doesn’t necessarily directly apply to the job you’re being interviewed for. It’s also a good idea to mention that you’re currently working on improving yourself in this particular area as well.

Why Should We Hire You?
By the time you’ve gotten to the interview stage, your interviewer already knows that you can do the job. Otherwise you wouldn’t have made it this far. What they’re really asking, is what makes you the perfect candidate for the position at hand?

Your answer should relate to your skills, both technical and transferable, as well as any notable accomplishments you’ve achieved in previous positions.

Knowing what to expect, and how to respond in an interview can make a huge difference to the potential outcome it may have. It’s the first step you’ll need to take in order to find a better career.

Good luck and happy job searching.

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