Common Interview Questions To Prepare For

You’ve finally got an interview for a job you applied for. No matter if this is your first interview in your hopefully very successful career, or you’ve done this all before, it is very important to be as prepared as possible. If you are prepared you are likely to be relaxed and calm under pressure, which is certainly one of the things a lot of businesses look for.

Common Interview Questions To Prepare For

The good news is that there are a set of staple questions that always get asked during interviews, you can find some of them below – they may not be word-for-word, but the general gist is the same. So make sure you are fully prepared and have an answer to some of these most classic interview questions:

Tell Me About Yourself

This is the question that usually kicks the interview off, so you certainly want to be able to start on the right foot. Here, the interviewer doesn’t really want to know about your social life. Instead, stick to the important things, like your education, past work experience and what you bring to the table. Try not to ramble on, the interviewer will ask you to elaborate if they deem fit.

Why Do You Want To Work Here

Another common interview question that a lot of people stubble on. It is important that before your interview you do a little bit of research into the company, see more about their history, what they stand for, and what they are trying to achieve. This way you can see if this aligns up with you personally. It’s important to show that you are genuinely interested in the company and job, and not that this is one of the many interviews you have in this coming week.

What Are Your Main Strengths and Weaknesses

Your strengths and weaknesses will come up a lot throughout any interview you go to, so it is important to have a clear understanding of what they are. Obviously, try to spend more time talking about your strengths, but explain them in a way that doesn’t sound like you are bragging or completely arrogant. You can’t just simply ignore or skim over your weaknesses either, the interviewer will view this very closely. When you list some of your weaknesses, be sure to explain real life examples of how you are trying to correct your behavior. 

What Is Your Greatest Professional Achievement

If you are fresh out of college or university, this question could be a little bit harder to answer. But try to think back to your college days and what you achieved there. It could be bringing the team together to work on a group assignment that you got high marks for, or could be something that happened in your casual job. If you have had previous work experience in your career, then you should (hopefully) have a reasonably long list of great professional achievements to choose from.

When Was The Last Time You Dealt With Conflict, and How Was It Resolved

We all can’t get along all the time, and this means that there will ultimately be conflict in the workplace that needs to be addressed. Companies that are looking to build a positive team environment will likely ask a similar question to this one to get an understanding of how you deal with conflict. It is important that conflict is dealt with properly and in a timely manner, so the team can grow from the experience and become stronger. So, you should think about when you last dealt with conflict, if you don’t have too much actual work experience you could choose something from your college days.

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