Whether you are looking for a job while in college or trying to get a job after college in your chosen career, the scariest part about job hunting is having to go on job interviews. It can be intimidating trying to appear perfect and professional in front of strangers while trying to prove to them that you are
the best fit for the job.
Your interviewer will more than likely ask a series of job interview questions that are pretty
common nowadays. Almost any job interview you go to will contain at least most of these
Questions (if not all of them) as part of the interviewing process.
Here are the most common job interview questions, and how to answer them.
Top 20 Most Common Interview Questions
- Why are you interested in working for us?
- What makes you a good fit for this position?
- What are your biggest strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why do you have an employment gap in your resume?
- Are you willing to commute or relocate to work at this job?
- Where do you see your career going in 5 years? In 10 years?
- Describe an accomplishment you’re most proud of.
- How did you hear about this position?
- Describe your resume.
- Tell us more about your educational background.
- How would you handle a difficult situation with a customer?
- Would you report a fellow coworker who was caught breaking the rules?
- Why are you looking for a new job?
- What do you know about our company? Why do you want to work here specifically?
- What would your superiors say about you?
- Do you work well with others?
- What do you like the most (and the least) about working in this industry?
- Are you willing to work full-time?
- Do you have any questions for me?
How to Answer Them
The key to answering all of these questions correctly is simple. Work on the following steps:
1. Research the job and the company
Make sure you are in the know about the company’s services, features, history, and any recent
news. Get a good look at the staff list as well. Make sure you know the details of the job you’re
applying for so you aren’t caught off-guard.
2. Be honest
Honesty is the best policy, with most things in life. Job interviews are one of these things. If you don’t know the answer to a question, just be genuine and say you don’t know. They will appreciate you more for it.
3. Know what makes you the best fit for the job
The key to acing your interview is knowing the answers to the above questions ahead of time.
Think about what unique thing you have to bring to the table. Work on a stellar response that
will set you apart from the competition. There are many online job interview resources like the Sam Shiah Mastermind that can definitely help you with this.
4. Write some follow up questions
Recruiters love it when applicants follow up shortly after the interview. They want to know that
you were grateful for the time they took to interview you, and you are looking forward to hearing
back from them about the next steps.
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