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Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Interviews can be intimidating. But most interviews share many of the same basic interview questions. It is important that you prepare your answers to these questions beforehand so you come across as confident to the recruiter or hiring manager. 


1. "Tell me about yourself." The hiring manager or recruiter already has your resume in front of them and reviewed it before your interview, so do not repeat what is on paper. Create, practice, and confidently express your personal elevator pitch including a brief job history, your most impressive accomplishments, and your relevant goals.

2. "Why do you want to work here?" Do your research about the company. You should know a few recent news topics that would make the company a desirable place to work and details about the position that you are interviewing for that enticed you to apply.

3. "Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?" Demonstrate your desire to grow within a company and expand your skill set. It is important that you express your focused career goals. You may have several interests and career goals in mind, but do not express all of them to the hiring manager. Focus on one that is in line with the business goals of the company or organization that you are interviewing for, so that investing in you as a new employee sounds like a good idea to the employer.

4. "What are your strengths?" Your answer to this should be different for every interview because the strengths you focus on should be tailored to the job description of the position you are interviewing for.

5. "What are your weaknesses?" Do not use the cliche "I don't have any weaknesses" line that every hiring manager will see through. Prepare a real weakness in your mind before the interview and discuss ways you're working to improve in that area. Do not blame your weakness on previous employers or coworkers, which will compromise your credibility and integrity.

6. "What did you dislike about your previous position?" It is important to give a factual answer to this, but with a positive spin. A negative answer will set the tone that you are a miserable person to work with, not easily pleased, and talk behind the back of coworkers and/or employers. Talk about general things, such as the position did not give you enough opportunity for growth or you just did not feel it was the right place for a long-term career.

7. "How do you handle conflict?" This should be answered with a specific example of a previous work-related situation and how you handled it and what the results were. If you could have handled it better in retrospect, explain specifically how you would handle future situations. Also, make sure to point out that you value teamwork.

8. "How do you evaluate success?" First of all, do not say a paycheck. Show that you evaluate success both on a personal and team level. This shows that you would be an accountable employee for your work and asset to their team without needing to be micro-managed. 

9. "What are you passionate about?" Your answer to this question does not have to be work-centered. In fact, it is good to set yourself as a unique potential employee with this question. Talk about hobbies and/or accomplishments you have achieved. However, make sure that you make it clear that your hobbies would not interfere with work, such as backpacking across Europe or spending your summers helping with a family lawn care business.

10. "Why should we hire you?" If answered properly, your answer to this question could set you apart and make a lasting impression to the hiring manager. Here is your time to shine! Toot your own horn! Tell them you are ready to start! 

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