How to answer ten of the most common job interview questions

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Job hunting could be most challenging but ultimately a worth rewarding experience as well.

Job hunting could be most challenging but ultimately a worth rewarding experience as well. It’s a vast jungle out there for people looking for opportunities and where the competition is getting more intense each time.

If you’re a stay-at-home dad and, for some reasons, decides on rejoining the workforce after many years of taking care of the kids at home, could be a daunting task. So if you’re scheduled for an interview, consider yourself lucky.

You’d have to be prepared. You’d have to be smart. You’d have to be confident. You’d have to be full of hope. You’d have to ace that job interview to get the job you badly want.

I’ve been into these job interviews myself more than a dozen times already. There’s something I noticed with the way most of these interviewers, with the exception of some very of them, asked their questions though: scripted.  Or maybe it was just me. Because of the numbers of job interviews I’ve been through it felt like all the questions being asked were already programmed for some specific answers.

But even if you hit the nail on the head for these questions, sometimes it wouldn’t be enough or a sure guarantee you’d be hired. The verdict would still be up for the interviewer to decide, whatever it is he or she has to base for what makes you qualify for the job.

It’s hard when you carry such a pressure of winning it because you have a family to support and hungry mouths to feed in the first place. The hardest part would be in dealing with frustrations and disappointments. How would you handle rejections? How would you accept the reality of the fact that, no matter how hard you tried and done your best, you failed?

Being turned down for a job in a job interview could eat your confidence away. But the good thing is, no matter how many times you’ve been turned down, you could use such a rejection in building on your core strengths in such a way that you’re learning a lot from it. Or it may serve as an eye opener for you to try venturing something else other than just getting employed like, for example, entrepreneurship.

It is important to consider though, from the applicant’s point of view, that what the interviewer must be searching is the applicant’s personal profile keys to determine what type of personality the applicant is having, whether or not he has the drive, confidence, ability to talk and write effectively, chemistry, energy, motivation, and determination.

You have to include these keys in your answers as a way of telling the interviewer how you feel about yourself, your chosen career path, and for what it is you’d be like to work with. You may study these ten of the most common job interview questions below along with their answers:

  1. Why should we hire you?

You must answer this question briefly and direct to the point. Take note about highlighting the areas from your background; they must relate, of course, to current needs and problems. You could also recap what the interviewer is trying to tell you about the description of the job, and how your skills could meet up to such a demand. Your killer punch must be something like this, which you are only going to say in the later part of the interview: “I have the qualifications needed for this particular job. I could take direction and, most importantly, making a thorough success is one of my utmost desires.”

  1. What makes you want to work here?

Answering this question without enough knowledge of the company or establishment you’d like to apply for a job, you’d be in great trouble. You must have researched everything about the company or establishment first before even thinking of applying for a position from that company or establishment.

You must begin by telling the interviewer that you’re not looking for just another paycheck. Give the interviewer the impression that you’re into such a belief the company could provide you a stable job where you could enjoy your work—a work environment that encourages you to make your best even better.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

Be warned that this is not an invitation for you to go all out. But knowing more about what’s being asked before jumping to any conclusions for an answer could make all the difference for that matter. Be engaged yet in a smart way. Instead of making yourself to easily fall into the trap by directly engaging for what you could tell about yourself to your interviewer, you could try asking the one who interviews regarding the area of background that would be most relevant to him or her.

That’s just what a smart move on your part should be. It would enable the interviewer to help you with the appropriate focus. That way, discussing about what is irrelevant could be avoided. No matter how the interviewer responds to your qualifying questions, make sure that what it is you’re going to tell about should be covered by most of what your key personality profiles are.

  1. What is your greatest strength?

This could be best answered by isolating high points from your background and in building a couple key value profiles from different categories. It is okay if you’d like to demonstrate pride, dependability, reliability, and the ability to stick with a difficult task yet able to change course rapidly when needed or required. Consider telling your interviewer about your belief in planning and proper management of your time.

  1. Could you work under pressure?

Don’t simply give a yes or a no to this question. Doing so is disadvantageous on your part as it would reveal you nothing. You’d surely lose the opportunity in selling your skills and value profiles if you settle for a short and simple answer such as a yes or a no.

Try giving a brief yet comprehensive answer. Once you do that, you’re not only giving the information requested but as well seize the opportunity in selling yourself.

  1. What are your qualifications?

See to it that you don’t answer the wrong question. Try asking first if what the interviewer wants is job-related or academic job qualifications. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. Ask for clarification.

If it is job-related, then there’s a need for you to know what problems must be tackled first so you could provide an adequate answer. Or you may start by giving the interviewer a general answer, but letting him or her know how you feel about how it would be more valuable if he or she could tell you about specific worth assignments in the early months.

  1. What makes this job different from the last one you’ve had?

If you’re not sure how to say it because you don’t have enough information to answer the question, make it clear to the interviewer. Lay it all on the line. This type of question is designed to uncover experience that you lacked and your answer could be used as evidence against you. Be careful to only focus on the positive like, for example, explaining about what you know of the job and in having the experience required to make a thorough success.

  1. How long have you been job hunting?

If you’re employed, then your answer doesn’t really matter at all. But to try to emphasize on the length of time may only make it irrelevant to you in the follow-up probes, because you’re just looking for the right job, with the right people and outfit that could offer you the right opportunities.

If, on the other hand, you’re unemployed at the time of the interview, then the way you answer the question matters a lot. Don’t say you’ve been looking for one year and a half now because it isn’t going to score you any points. It would only give the interviewer the impression that since no one else had wanted you in a long time, he or she might as well would.

  1. What are your biggest accomplishments?

Always remember to keep your answer job-related. Don’t exaggerate things out. Start your answer by saying that your biggest achievements are still ahead of you. Say also that you’re proud of your involvement with whoever it is you’d be working with, and to be able to make contribution as a part of the team while, at the same time, learning a lot in the process.

  1. Do you have any questions?

When the interviewer asks you this question, it is an indicator that the interview is drawing to a close. Don’t be caught off guard, even to this. But it’s your chance to make one last hurrah to winning it fair and square.

This time, the interviewer becomes the one being interviewed. Ask him or her sensible questions though. Ask him or her why did he or she joins the company. How long has she or he been working in the company. What your first assignment be, etcetera, etcetera.

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