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7 Common Interview Questions and How To Answer Them

1. Tell me about yourself:

This is probably the most commonly asked question asked. The best way to address it is by preparing a small speech before you go into the interview. Make sure it does not sound like you rehearsed it. Limit it to work related subjects unless you are asked about something specific. You can talk about some of your accomplishment at other jobs.

2. What happened with your last job?

This is a question that can be tough to answer. What ever you do, don’t bring up issues with supervision and never speak about your previous co-workers or the company. Stay positive and talk about how you left to find career growth and other opportunities.

3. What is your experience related to this job?

Here you want to mention some of the skills that relate to this job. If its customer service, tell them how you have solved customers problems in previous jobs and things like that.

4. What would your previous boss or co-workers say about you?

Here is a good place to show work reference letters. You can also quote your co workers with things like, “They always said I was a hard worker and a team player…” Be creative.

5. What do you know about this organization?

The best way to answer this question is by doing your homework before the interview. Look up the company website or any other source of information about the company. You don’t have to memorize their last news conference but be sure you are informed. You dont want to be asked this and have nothing to say, talk about an awkward moment.

6. Why are you interested in working for our company?

Your research on the previous question and some common sense ideas should help you answer this one. Let them know that you are looking to grow a career into a great organization like their and mention some of the important points about them.

7. What kind of salary are you looking for?

This is a a packed question. Of course the employer wants to catch you off-guard and use your nerve’s to get you in low.  Instead of answering, flip the question back to them by saying something like, Can you tell me the range for this position? Then use your experiences and skills to sell yourself to the top of the range.

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