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The 5 Most Common Interview Questions

Posted on the 09 November 2011 by Classycareergirl @classycareer

Many interview experts say that the best way to prepare for an interview is to get a good night’s sleep, to be alert, and to be yourself. Most people who have interviewed for a job know that a little more preparation can help keep you calm and in control which makes you better able to be yourself in a potentially stressful situation. Knowing your qualifications, skills, and job history backwards and forwards is a must, as well as any career-specific technical information you should be able to recall at a moment’s notice. Still, interviewers are prone to asking questions you don’t expect so here are five common interview questions so that you won’t be blind-sided.

1. What major challenges did you face at your last job?

Honesty is important here, but make sure not to dwell too much on the challenges themselves, focusing more on how you dealt with them. Make sure to include specific examples of action that you took to rectify a situation or deal with a difficult task, co-worker, customer, etc….

2. What is your greatest weakness?

Like #1, the idea here is to turn a negative question into a positive response. Be ready with a “weakness” or character flaw that actually helps you get your work done more effectively, or that helps you be a better leader. It can be that you tend to pay extra-close attention to certain details of a projects, or that you care a lot about what the customer really thinks about your product and always want to take the time to interact with them.

3. What motivates you?

Your potential employer is looking for you to demonstrate that you can bring enthusiasm and passion to your work. Before you go to the interview, it is worth sitting down and thinking about this question in the context of your professional environment. Specific examples that you can get excited about will allow your true passion for your work shine through, making sure your interviewer knows that you are a good fit for the job.

4. Why are you the best person for this job?

Before the interview, it’s important to have a good working knowledge of the company and position that you’re applying for. This question is your chance to show it! Interviewers will be impressed if you understand what the job will entail and can show that by citing specific experiences, skills, or qualifications that make you uniquely suited for that particular job.

5. Where do you see yourself in five/ten years?

The infamous question about your future. Despite their importance in your life, now is not the time to mention your family, your hobbies, or any other interests. The interviewer is looking for a professional answer, so you should give him one that reflects your desire to continue on the career path you’re applying for. It’s important to also mention growth or development as a professional. Interviewers do not want employees that will stagnate in their job, so include in your answer specific things that you hope to learn/improve upon.

Readers-Would love to hear your thoughts!  How do you prepare for job interviews?

Today’s post is written by Sarah who is a writer for Aon Hewitt – a global leader in human capital consulting and outsourcing solutions. Their specialist fiduciary management unit meets trustees’ need for additional investment expertise to deliver improved fund performance. Download the 2011 Delegated Investment Survey Today.

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