Interviewers seem to have favorite questions that they always ask every job candidate. The best way to impress interviewers is to have thought about the question and prepared to answer it in advance.
Some of these questions will also be asked while networking or just talking with family and friends.
Smart job seekers prepare in advance for those questions so they can answer them effectively, impressing the listener and moving closer to a job offer. Some people find it helpful to write out their answers. Others just make notes. Which ever method you choose, take the time to prepare.
If you can, have a friend or family member ask you the questions, and then answer them without looking at your notes. Or, practice in front of a mirror. Whatever works best for you.
The Job Interview Questions Asked Most Often
These are the most common questions asked and how to handle them:
Be sure that your strength is appropriate for the job you are seeking. Being able to "leap tall buildings in a single bound" didn't get Clark Kent his job as a reporter.
Learn how to answer this question well.
Demonstrate that you are actually interested enough in the opportunity to have done research into the employer. Too many candidates just hit the apply button for no reason (apparent to the employer). Show that you are not that uninterested candidate. This is how.
This may sound like an invitation to describe how landing the job will benefit you. But, it's not! Describe why this job interests you, sharing both your personal goals and your understanding of the job. Here's how to do that effectively.
Again, this may sound like an invitation to describe how landing the job will benefit you. Again, it's not! The want to understand how much you know about them -- how interested you really are in the job.
Being fired happens to many of us, and it's not necessarily because you were a bad employee. But, regardless of the reason, you can frame the situation so that you don't come across as someone an employer would avoid hiring.
This question is also easy to under-estimate. Demonstrate your interest in the employer and, if appropriate, be sure to give credit to the employee who referred you to the job. They may be rewarded for the referral, and you'll be more likely to be hired.
Using Your Pre-Interview Preparation, Answer the Questions Smartly!
Do NOT go into a job interview anticipating that a job offer is waiting for you when you get there.
And don't expect to "wing-it" to a successful conclusion. Think of a job interview as an audition for the job.
Accept the invitation to interview as an opportunity to demonstrate why you are the candidate they should hire.
Increase your confidence and your probability of success by being well-prepared for every job interview. [See Pre-Interview Preparation for tips.]
Send a Thank You After EVERY Interview
Regardless of the mode of the interview -- in-person, telephone, Skype, or video conference -- send a unique, personal thank you to each persone who interviewed you. That thank you will put you ahead of the majority who don't send thank you notes, and it will also give you an opportunity to remind each interviewer how unique and excellent you are.
Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a recent Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm. Since 1998, Susan has been editor and publisher of Job-Hunt.org. Follow Susan on Twitter at @jobhuntorg and on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Google+.