The best job candidates are not lucky at present.Many of the questions that employers ask at job interviews will be standard interview questions. If you interview frequently, these questions will grow quite familiar. Since it’s so likely that these questions will come up, it’s important to be prepared to respond to them. They spend a ton of time both on preparation because they know how important that 25-50 minute interview can be to their entire career.
10 Steps to Acing the Job Interview
If you’d prefer to get started with a free resource before paying for a coach or a program, this tutorial is designed to get you up and running with the basics for acing your next interview (in ten easy lessons).
1. How to Answer: “Tell Me About Yourself”
Your elevator pitch that gives the interviewer a quick idea of who your are – for better or worse.
2. How to Answer: “Why should we hire you?”
The money question. “Why” indeed. This is where you need to spend a ton of time thinking about the role, the competencies, and how you’re the perfect fit.
3. How to Answer: “Do you have any questions for me?”
Your questions here can either leave a strong, lasting impression on the interviewer, or make you come across as clueless. Here are some good questions to think about.
4. How to Answer: “Describe Your Current (or Most Recent) Position”
One of the easier questions to answer – but you’ll still need to use it to highlight your job-relevant greatness.
5. How to Answer: “Why are you looking for a new opportunity now?”
The question that can either put your interviewer at ease or raise serious red flags.
6. How to Answer: “What are your strengths?”
Your chance to toot your own horn – but make sure to do it artfully. Being able to do 20 pull-ups does not count as a strength.
7. How to Answer: “What is your greatest weakness?”
A question that can sink you unless you’re careful. Obviously, “I work too hard” is not the answer.
The above is a more in-depth version of the older article: How to Answer: “What are your weaknesses?”
8. How to Answer: “Why do you want to work here?”
Repeat after me: Don’t say “for the money” — Don’t say “for the money” — Don’t say “for the money”
9. How to Answer: “Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Possibly one of the silliest questions – but it requires an artful and diplomatic answer.
10: The Guide to Nailing Phone Interviews
Before a face-to-face, you typically have a phone screen you need to get through. Here are some tips for getting through to the next round.
Top 20 Interview Questions
Review the top 20 interview questions you’ll most likely be asked at a job interview, plus the best answers. Also, review the other questions you may be asked, so you’re prepared to ace the interview.
- Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
- What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
- How do you evaluate success?
- Why are you leaving or have left your job?
- Why do you want this job?
- Questions about your supervisors and co-workers.
- Questions about your career goals.
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your goals for the future?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Tell me about yourself.
- hat were your responsibilities?
- What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
- What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
- What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
- What are you passionate about?