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Top 10 most common interview questions
Every interviewer is different. There is not a formula or a magic recipe to prepare yourself for an interview, however, there is an average of 10 questions that are commonly asked by examiners at the moment of talking to a potential employee.
Take a look to this list of Interview Questions and Answers and be ready to answer them with confidence.
1. What are your weaknesses?
This is one of the most common questions but you don’t have to answer it in a detailed way. It is a good strategy to turn it the other way around and handle it by minimizing your weakness and emphasizing your strengths.
2. Why should we hire you?
Answer this question by telling your experience as a professional, if none, you can describe your desire of learning new skills and acquiring knowledge from your peers.
3. Why do you want to work here?
This question is a crucial one, because it will show the examiner that you didn’t send your resume randomly but that you did some research and picked the companies that fitted the most for your abilities and your personality.
4. What are your goals?
For this question it is better to locate yourself in an immediate future rather than imagine or start talking about things you want to happen in ten years or more. Be realist and concrete.
5. Why did you leave your job?
Answer this question by focusing in the positives of your former company but conclude it by saying that you decided to leave because you want gain more experience. If you are unemployed or you’ve never had a job focus on what you expect or what you want from the company.
6. When were you most satisfied in your job?
The answer that the examiner is really expecting when he asks you this is what motivates you? You can give an example of a situation in which you felt satisfied or comfortable at your job.
7. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
Here you can give a summary of your strengths and skills as a worker but try to be very concise so that your examiner gets the idea without thinking you are being arrogant.
8. What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
Here you can talk about yourself through someone else’s words. Try to remember everything your bosses have told you about your skills or your abilities, what they liked about your work or even when they congratulated you on something. Everything counts.
9. What salary are you seeking?
For this question you may want to do some previous research to know the range you are dealing with but you can also ask to the employer the approximated range they typically pay to someone with your background.
10. If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
This is a psychological question, don’t get panic, try to think fast and determine the personality you want to transmit and the impression you want to make, then, based on that, pick an animal with those characteristics.
It is probable that your examiner asks you some of this questions, but don’t forget that there is no better preparation than a good attitude and a great outfit can help too. Believe in yourself and trust on your capacities.