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Common interview questions.

Practice answers to common interview questions.

Can you tell me about yourself?
When asked this question, you don’t need to give your entire life story. Select details that are relevant to the job your applying for. Leave out stories about your childhood, and focus on recent work experience and academic achievements related to the job opportunity. Your potential employer is giving you an opportunity to tell them why you, specifically, are a good choice for the job over other candidates. Don’t be afraid to brag about yourself a little bit.

Why do you want to work here?
Be genuine about your strengths, and relate them to the company goals. They want to know how your skills can help them meet their goals. For example, if you’re a great communicator, explain how that can help with growing their customer base. If asked about weaknesses, answer creatively. Don’t state a weakness and leave it at that. Tell them how you’ve been working on improving that area of your performance.

What’s your greatest strength/weakness?
Place this before Education if you have been working for a while. Start with your most recent job, detailing your experience concisely in bullet points.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
When answering this question, include how you see yourself positively impacting the company over time. They want to know how you can help with their bottom line. They might also be trying to get a feel for how long you’ll work for them. If you indicate that you want to move to another state or are looking for temporary work, they may not hire you.

Do you have any questions for us?
You should always have one or two questions prepared to ask the hirer at the end of the interview. The interviewer wants to see that you are curious about the company. This is your chance to get to know more about the company or to mention something else about yourself that you didn’t get a chance to talk about during the other questions.


Source: One Easton

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