Answering 13 Common Interview Questions

Answering 13 Common Interview Questions

You’ve heard all these interview questions before, but some of the insightful answers in the almost 9-minute video clip might surprise you.

Questions answered

  1. :37 Tell me about yourself.
    Here they mention a “Forte report” which is a paying service of the Career Elevator, the people who made the video. Don’t worry about that. What’s important to retain is that you should be honest but reply in a way that implies how you would be a good fit for the position and the company.
  2. 1:13 Tell me about your last job.
  3. 1:42 What are your qualifications?
  4. 2:32 Where would you like to be in 5 years?
  5. 3:04 What is your ideal position?
  6. 3:42 Tell me about a problem you had to solve? (The S.T.A.R. approach)
  7. 4:13 What are your weaknesses?
    Here they’re again pushing their Forte Report but essentially their recommendation is to talk about what de-motivates you. If applicable in your case, another option is to be more direct but mention weaknesses that are actually borderline qualities.
  8. 4:40 Silly (hypothetical puzzle) questions, such as “if you were an animal, what would you be?”
  9. 5:53 Why should I hire you?
  10. 6:07 What are your salary expectations?
    The suggested reply here involves market research. If you’re unable to find any numbers for your market, you might simply prefer to take a more relaxed position.
  11. 6:43 How would you describe your previous manager?
  12. 7:13 What did you like least or most about your last job?
  13. 7:46 Why do you want to work here?

There are also some good tips near the 8th-minute about how to ask the interviewer some of your own questions.

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kunjan says

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Shari Sambursky says

Great tips! I’d like to add one: Learn from your experience. After each interview debrief yourself. Note the questions you were asked and how you answered them. This will help you continue to successfully prepare for future interviews.

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