Most asked Interview Questions

Landing an interview is a great accomplishment and it should be celebrated as such. But a interview doesn’t mean it’s time to rest on your success. Now more than ever, it’s important that you step up your game and prepare well for the possible questions that a hiring manager is likely to ask. There are so many common questions you’re likely to be asked during an interview, so it makes sense to spend some time crafting quality answers for these questions.

The most important thing to remember is that you shouldn’t memorize your answers. It might seem like a good idea to have something at the ready, but it’s going to come across as stiff and rehearsed. The key here is to think about what you’re going to say when a variation of these questions arise and have a few clearly defined examples in mind. You’re going to come across as a stronger candidate and appear much more confident when you’ve done some quality prep work ahead of time.

Here are a few of the most commonly asked interview questions and how best to answer them.

Tell me about yourself.

This interview question is asked so a hiring manager can learn about why you’re a good fit for the company. This isn’t a question about who you are outside of a professional scope, but it’s also a good idea to include some personal information as well. You might start off by sharing a personal hobby outside of work and then segue that into who you are as a professional worker to showcase your personality and your skills as they relate to the job for which you’ve applied.

Why should we hire you?

What the interviewer is really asking with this interview question is why you’re the best fit for the job. The person asking this question wants confirmation that you have all of the skills necessary to perform the functions of the role so this is where you illustrate why you’re the best applicant for the position. This answer to this question should be confident and concise, almost like a focused sales pitch on why you’re the best person for the job.

What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest weakness?

Expect some variation of these two interview questions no matter what job you’re seeking. This question pair is almost always asked as a benchmark to determine your qualifications. In answering about your greatest strengths, think about what skills are best suited for the job and tailor your response to include those. For example, if you’re applying for a sales positon, one of your greatest strengths could be your ability to interact and engage with people from a variety of different backgrounds.

Like the answer to the strength question, giving an answer about your greatest weakness should also be nuanced. To best answer this question, frame your response around skills that you have improved. Not only will this highlight your ability to learn and grow, but it will also show development and an intuitive approach to becoming a better worker.

When you’re well prepared, these interview questions won’t feel like so much of a struggle to answer. You’ll come across more confident and capable, and will be one step closer to getting the job you want.

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