How To Answer Common Interview Questions

How To Answer Common Interview Questions

You would've heard all the stories about big companies asking complex interview questions or seen them on clickbait titles like "ALL AMAZON INTERVIEWEE'S GOT ASKED THIS QUESTION, HOW WOULD YOU DO?" But, at the end of the day, most companies are going to ask you a very similar set of more reasonable questions. Here are some to expect and how to deal with them:

1. How would you describe yourself?

When an interviewer asks you to talk about yourself, they’re looking for information about how your qualities and characteristics align with the skills they believe are required to succeed in the role. If possible, include quantifiable results to demonstrate how you use your best attributes to drive success.

2. What makes you unique?

Employers often ask this question to identify why you might be more qualified than other candidates they’re interviewing. To answer, focus on why hiring you would benefit the employer. Since you don’t know the other applicants, it can be challenging to think about your answer about them. Addressing why your background makes you a good fit will let employers know why your traits and qualifications make you well prepared.

3. Why do you want to work here?

Interviewers often ask this question as a way to determine whether or not you took the time to research the company and to learn why you see yourself as a good fit. The best way to prepare for this question is to do your homework and learn about the products, services, mission, history and culture of this workplace. In your answer, mention the aspects of the company that appeals to you and align with your career goals. Explain why you’re looking for these things in an employer.

4. What are your greatest strengths?

This question allows you to talk about both your technical and soft skills. To answer, share qualities and personal attributes and then relate them to the role for which you’re interviewing.

5. What are your greatest weaknesses?

It can feel awkward to discuss your weaknesses in an environment where you’re expected to focus on your accomplishments. However, when answered correctly, sharing your weaknesses can show that you are self-aware and want to continuously get better at your job—traits that are extremely attractive to many employers. Remember to start with the weakness and then discuss the measures you’ve taken to improve. This way, you’re finishing your answer on a positive note.

What it mainly comes down to is relating your answers to not only the skills outlined in the job description but also quantifiable data to present yourself as the best candidate. Go forth and conquer your next interview!

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