Common Interview Questions and How to Answer Them.

Before every interview, it is essential to be prepared by knowing how to formulate possible answers to some of the questions that a hiring manager is likely to ask. The number of interview questions and answers is limitless, however, most of them are commonly asked during most interviews, so it is easy to anticipate some of the interview questions that you can expect and their answers.

Although preparation can help you answer without hesitation and smoothly, it is essential that you do not memorize the answers. It helps to think about some of the answers that you can give so that you are not put on the spot during the interview.

Here are some common interview questions and their answers:

  1. What is your greatest strength?

This is an extremely common question. When asked about it, you should be prepared to discuss the qualities that make you qualified for the job title and that can set you apart from the others applying.

  1. Tell me about yourself

You may start by asking a question of your own. For instance, you can say, ‘’I would be glad to.  Would you be too kind as to give me an idea of the type of information that you would like to know? Do not give information relating to your personal life such as kids, instead, give details that are appropriate for the job title such as why you are qualified in the field and why you applied for the job.

  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Keep your answer somewhat vague because you do not know what could happen in 5 years.  Do not give a non-answer such as ‘’I hope to have grown in my career’’ or answers that make you sound over qualified, too ambitious or not ambitious enough. To answer correctly, focus on what you appreciate about your current position, think about the skills that you can pick up if you get the position, and envision the possibilities of growing your career.

  1. Why do you want to work here?

You should focus on the potential employer when answering this question. Your answers must demonstrate that you understand what the employer is looking for. As such, generic answers such as ‘’because I can make a good contribution’’ just will not cut it in a competitive job title.  Do your homework to ensure that you understand what is required of yourself, the positions and the company that you wish to work for.

  1. Why should we hire you?

Again, your potential employer is not concerned about how the job can benefit you. As such, your answers should focus on helping the organization.  For instance, if you have special skills, additional training, years of experience or any awards, you should mention them all at this point.

  1. What do you know about us?

This question is designed to test your knowledge of the organization. If you are really excited to work for someone, you should have all the information about the company at your fingertips.  You should conduct some heavy research to find company information and news articles to help you answer the question.

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