Interview Questions: Getting Prepared

The last thing that you want to do is show up for a job interview completely unprepared. Even if this isn't your first time at the local career fair, practicing for your next rendezvous is something that you should start doing the moment you get the call asking when you're available. The best way to feel confident in yourself when sitting face-to-face with your potential employer is to have answers to the questions they're about to start spouting off already in the back of your mind.

Going over possible interview questions beforehand can be tricky business. While you don't want to show up completely unprepared, you also don't want to come off as too rehearsed. Avoid memorizing exact answers to your interviewer's queries. You want to show the hiring manager that you have what it takes to respond in a calm, cool and intelligent manner, not that you have excellent memorization skills.

Examples of Common Interview Questions

A great way to take on this all-important task is to make a list of popular interview inquiries and then fill out your answers below them. It's been proven that writing out things that you want to remember helps your mind bring them to the surface more effectively than by just reading the query and subsequently thinking about your response.

Here are a few of the most widespread interview questions to get you started:

  • How did you hear about this position?
  • Tell me a little about yourself.
  • Why do you want to leave your current company?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 15 years? 30 years?
  • Tell me about a time where you made a mistake and what you did to fix it.
    • Can you explain the gap in employment history?
    • Are you willing to relocate? Willing to travel?
    • Why should we hire you?
  • Tell me about a time that you went above and beyond for a project and what came of that experience.
  • What are your biggest strengths? Your biggest weaknesses?
  • What would you like to accomplish in your first 30 days on the job?
  • What would you change about our company if you came on board?
  • What are three things that your former boss would say you needed to improve on?
    • What is your dream job?
    • What do you think about our mission statement?
    • What is your availability?
  • Tell me about a time that you didn't get along with a coworker and what you did to handle it.
    • What are some of your hobbies?
    • Do you have any questions for me?

    When you head into your next interview, chances are you will be asked at least one or two of these things. Not only are they some of the most popular inquiries out there, they are questions that dig deep and force you out of your comfort zone.

    Why You Should Prepare for Your Interview Questions Ahead of Time

    When the hiring manager is going through the motions, they are trying to learn more about what makes you tick. They want to figure out if you are a right fit for both the company and your possible coworkers. You don't want to be caught off guard when you're requested to talk about your biggest weakness. If you go through your interview questions prior to the big day, you can head into it with no fear and assertively respond to whatever the hiring manager requests.

    Interviewers are, usually, highly skilled in the hiring process and generally know what they are looking for in a candidate. It is vital to remember that when you go to answer that you do so in a self-assured manner. Show them that you have the confidence to handle whatever is thrown at you. Always respond honestly. The last thing that either of you wants is for you to end up in a less-than satisfying job or with people that you don't like because you didn't own up to your true feelings. For example, if asked to list some of your favorite hobbies, don't state that you love to golf even though you hate it simply because you think that that's what they want to hear.

    Handling interview questions is definitely a skill to be mastered. Start conquering them now by going through your responses to the queries that are most likely to be given and feel amazing while walking out of your next interview. Prepare ahead of time with adequate practicing and you will show the hiring manager why you are the right candidate for the job.

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