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How To Answer The Most Common Job Interview Questions

How To Answer The Most Common Job Interview Questions

Job interviews come in all sorts of formats; written, oral, practical, one-on-one, a panel discussion, via a phone call, on Skype, formal and informal. However, no matter the format, there are some questions which always seem to pop up. Following are a few of these and some tips on how to answer them.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

When discussing strengths, don’t give typical replies like “I’m hard-working”. Try to respond with unique and real life examples of how you’ve displayed your strengths to help in various situations. When it comes to weaknesses you should discuss a past weakness that you overcame, such as always being late to work and how and why you overcame it. It shifts focus from the weakness to your ability to overcome.

Tell me about yourself.

This question does not ask for your life story. Discuss your experience, education and any qualities about yourself that are relevant to the job.

Where do you see yourself in 5 – 10 years?

This question is asked to assess if you’ve taken time to think about your career path and whether you’re serious about the job you’re interviewing for, or whether you’re just passing through. A sample answer is “I hope to be working for this company, at a more senior level and with more responsibilities”. It displays commitment.

Why do you want to leave your current company?

There are many ways to answer this but you must be positive. Don’t badmouth your current employer. A sample answer is “This position matches my skills and experience and I am not able to fully utilize them in my current job.”

What are some of your accomplishments that you’re proud of?

Answer this question in line with the job description and your résumé. Don’t add information that’s not relevant to the job you’re interviewing for. If the job is to do with IT don’t mention the trophies you won in the football league; there’s no correlation.

Tell me about your failures.

If you’ve had no failures, mention it. Otherwise use small and negligible failures and how you worked to overcome them.

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