If you know the job interview questions your interviewer will ask you at your next interview, it can be a huge boost for your interview performance. Even though you won’t be able to predict every question your interviewer may ask, there are some common interview questions. Some will be directly related to the job for which you are applying, while others will be more generic.
Know What to Expect
By practicing some of the most common ones, you’ll be able to answer most interview questions. Knowing what questions to expect will allow you to prepare and tailor your answers to the specific job, as well as to the traits your interviewer will be looking for. In order to tailor your answers, you will need to research the company and position to gain a thorough understanding of the problems and challenges the company is facing.
Boost Your Confidence
Preparing for your next interview by practicing your responses will also help boost your confidence and ease nervousness during your interview. A lot of the nervousness surrounding interviews concerns the fear of the unknown—not knowing what an interviewer will ask or what they expect from you in return. By researching the company to show your knowledge and interest, and practicing potential questions, you’ll be better prepared to deal with stressful interview situations.
The best way to prepare for the interview questions you may be asked is to compile a list of especially challenging questions. Some sample questions that may be asked during an interview include:
1. What interests you about this job?
2. Why are you the best person for this job?
3. Where do you see yourself in five years?
4. Describe a difficult work situation/project and how you overcame it.
5. What do people most often criticize about you?
6. What type of work environment do you prefer?
7. If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something, how would you handle it?
8. What is your greatest strength? Weakness?
9. Who was the best boss and worst boss you worked for?
10. Why are you changing jobs?
Make a Good Impression
Remember that as you prepare your answers, an important part of the interview process is the subjective impression of you that the interviewer develops. Don’t forget to be yourself in the interview—don’t memorize responses word for word. Answer the questions honestly, remain relaxed, and be positive throughout the interview.
A great way to hone your technique is to perform a mock interview with a friend or family member to practice your answers to potential interview questions. You can evaluate your interview performance skills to see what types of things you need to work on before your interview.
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