There are several steps that go into getting a new job. Of those steps, the one that candidates are likely to get most stressed out about is the interview. Even if someone is fully qualified for a job, they have to do well in the interview to move forward in the hiring process. Although it's definitely important to make a great impression during the interview, the good news is there are things candidates can do to maximize their likelihood of a successful outcome.
One of the best things any job candidate can do is practice their answers to common interview questions. Even if those exact questions don't come up during an interview, preparing in this way will pay off by helping you get all of your thoughts in order. So if you have a job interview in the near future, here are the strategies you can use to answer five of the most common interview questions:
What can make this seemingly simple question surprisingly tricky is the fact that it's so broad. This often results in candidates giving answers that go on for too long or are all over the place. The best strategy for answering this question is to develop an elevator pitch for yourself. Come up with 2-3 experiences or accomplishments that you can use to show why you're the best fit for the job.
Of all the questions someone may be asked during an interview, this is the one that often triggers the most anxiety. The purpose of this question is to gauge a candidate's self-awareness and honesty. That's why the best strategy is to talk about a weakness that you are in the process of improving, or better yet, one that you've already improved!
Hiring managers ask this question to gauge career expectations, a candidate's ambition and if the position is a good fit for someone's goals. The more honest and specific you can be when you answer this question, the better.
You don't have to give names when you're asked this question. Instead, you can say that you're exploring similar options in the same industry. You can also take that strategy one step further by identifying a common characteristic of all the jobs you are applying to and including it in your answer.
The most important strategy for answering this question is to avoid negativity and keep your answer positive. You should also frame your answer in a way that shows the position you're interviewing for is a better fit than your previous one.
By taking the time to think through your answers to the above questions and also absorb the strategies we covered, you'll be in the best position to make your job interview a success!
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