How To Tackle The Most Common Interview Questions

When you are discussing your strengths, you should talk about any relevant skills you have and back up that assertion with an example from a previous job. Everyone can say they are a team player, but you should have a story ready about a time where you truly showed it. When you are discussing weaknesses, you should talk about a small weakness you are working to overcome or a weakness that is actually a strength in disguise.

3. Why do you want to work with us

This question is asked to see if you have actually done your research beforehand. Your answer should be in line with the goals and vision of the company so that you are both looking for the same thing. Do not just say it pays well.

4. Where do you see yourself in five years

The exact amount of time can vary from one interview to the next, but you should have a good idea of what your career goals are and what you need to do to accomplish them. Interviewers also want to see if your future goals are in line with the current position you are applying for. If your ultimate goal is to work for at a talent agency, it might throw up some red flags if you are applying to work at an insurance agency. You want to convince the employer that you plan on working there for a while.

5. Do you have any questions for me

This is typically reserved for the end of the interview, and you definitely do not want your answer to be, “No.” Your questions should show your enthusiasm for the position and demonstrate your knowledge of the company. You only need to ask a few questions to further show your interest, and these questions can be great ways for you to learn things about the company that were not mentioned earlier.

The Right Amount of Prep

You should do plenty of research beforehand to see what other questions are common for job interviews and to see if there are any questions that are usually asked for the field you are going into. You do not need to have your answers fully memorized, but you should have the basic bullet points down so that you do not have to spend a lot of time thinking of a response. Spend an hour or two the day before your interview going over your answers, and if possible, have someone give you a mock interview so that you feel more comfortable.

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