May 21, 2020 - 05:11 PM
Every interview is as unique as the interviewer, making it difficult to know what questions you should prepare for. Your best bet is to focus on some of the most common questions interviewers ask.
LiveCareer offers resources dedicated to interview prep and interview questions that you should check out, but here are three of the most common interview questions that you should definitely prepare for:
1. Tell me about yourself. Prepare for this question by crafting three to five sentences about your career path and why you applied for the job. Be confident but not pretentious; be honest but don’t throw yourself under the bus.
2. Why do you want to work here? This question tests what you know about the company and how serious you are about working for them. Research the company thoroughly: their goals, culture, products, and people. Read news reports and study the information on their website.
3. What’s your biggest weakness? This question is tough, and it’s asked a lot. It’s meant to gauge your self-awareness and your motivation to improve. There are several ways to prepare for it. One way is to think of a skill you struggled with in the past but have improved through hard work or studies, then build a story around it.
Aug 19, 2018 - 09:58 AM
One question you should absolutely prepare for is the icebreaker, "Tell me about yourself." Although the question is broad, try to focus solely on your professional life. Summarize your career and the relevant experience you bring to the position.
Another question recruiters like to ask is, "Tell me about a time you failed." This can be a tough one to answer; nobody likes to talk about times they didn’t succeed. Identify a specific example, why it happened, and what you learned from it. Keep your answer brief and don’t dwell on your shortcomings.
Check out these other common interview questions to get ready for the big day. Practice your answers front of the mirror or with a friend to get comfortable talking about your experiences. Don’t forget to prepare a few of your own questions to ask the recruiter at the end of the interview.