How to Answer the Most Common Interview Questions


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Here are tips on how to tackle 7 basic questions which can be tough if you don't know how to answer them.

* 1. Tell us about yourself
Here just tell basic information such as if you have been working for a number of years, if you are a student, or if you have graduated college. Don't get into to too much detail about your personal life or other personal things such as religion or political beliefs.

* 2. Why do you want to work for us?
This is where you need to investigate the company BEFORE the interview. Find out what they take pride in. Find out their core values of their company as well as what they do, who their main customers are, and even who their competitors are. Try to get to know other employees and find out why they like the job, if you can. Do not give self serving reasons, such as “I need the money" or “I want to further my career", and do not give a short canned answer as well.

* 3. Why did you leave your last position?
Stay as positive as you can and be somewhat honest. Being too honest and divulging details about your last job can be giving too much information. A good answer here is that you felt you were in a dead end position and that you wanted room to grow.

* 4. Can you describe a previous work situation in which you . . . ?
This can be a make or break question for you, because they want to see how you solve any difficult or uncommon situations that arise in the workplace on a day to day basis. Again stay positive and be honest because this question requires some quick thinking on your feet, and the interviewers can tell when you are trying to BS them. For example, if its a customer service job this is your chance to show them how you handled a situation when there was an angry customer. Show them that you have the tools to make the customers happy thus making them more money.

* 5. What is your ideal work environment?
This is also a tricky question. Most of the time, where you may want to work isn't your work environment you like. Tell them that you are capable of working in any environment, if you are, but also tell them what you have done your best work in a previous job. Also you can just find out what their work environment is there and tell them you like it . . . . especially if it is the environment you will be in for that particular job. Flexibility is the key.

* 6. How do you handle mistakes?
Calmly, mistakes happen and you believe that you have to learn from mistake. Mistakes need to be identified and corrected within the policies and procedure of the company. . . . "Speed kills" so mention that you believe in making sure things are correct is a priority.

* 7. What is your most notable accomplishment?
Your past work, any volunteer work, even some personal aspects of your life such as your family and your education can be great answers here. Don't get too personal and if you do, then mention how it helps you perform better with your job and gives you better pride in your work. For instance, if your greatest accomplishment is being a great Mom to your kids, then tell them how your relationship with them makes you happy to do the best job you can because you want to set the best example for them.

When they ask you if you have any questions for them, here is your have a chance to show them you are interested long-term with them. Remember they are trying to sell you on their business as well and they want to make sure you are interested.

Ask about promotion opportunity. Ask about benefits. You can usually see different company catch phrases on banners outside. . . try to ask them real questions which will make them know you are really interested in them.

Also please dress like you want the job. Wear a suit if you are a guy (or at least nice slacks, shoes, shirt and tie). . . . And dress professionally if you are a woman.

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