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Top 10 Job Interview Questions

Posted in Business Language by Cristina on 27 Jan 2016

It would be absolutely amazing to know in advance all the questions the interviewer will ask you during your job interview, but it is not possible. All you can do is go through the most common questions and practice answering them.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF

This is usually one of the very first questions the interviewer will ask you. Please don't start by telling about your childhood, your neighbors back then, and their cat called Tom. Your answer has to be professional, make it more job-related. Give a short pitch which will explain why you and your experience are relevant.

WHY ARE YOU GOOD FOR THIS JOB?

Firstly, explain why this job is a great fit for you. For example, you love customer support or you are good at working with people. Then share any relevant work experience which might help you in this position.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRENGTH?

As the interviewer does not know you well, this is your opportunity to sell yourself as a perfect candidate for this job. Don't talk about random strengths, mention the ones that could benefit the company.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST WEAKNESS?

You should try to make the answer positive here. Mention a specific weakness that you had in the past and how you managed to overcome it. For instance, in the past you could not accept criticism at work but then you learned to appreciate it and use it to improve your job performance.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT?

It is better to talk about job-related accomplishment. For example, the way you saved the company's time or money, a procedure that you helped set up which improved performance at work and so on.

WHY DO YOU WANT TO WORK FOR US?

To answer this question you need to do some research about the company in advance. Browsing their website you can find out a lot of information and use it later in your reply. For instance, you can say that the company's mission is in line with your values. You are excited to work for them, as you really like what they do.

WHY DID YOU LEAVE YOUR PREVIOUS JOB?

You should not discuss problems at work or some conflicts you might have had there. Talk about new goals and challenges you are looking for. Do not complain, reply in a positive manner.

WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN 5 (10) YEARS?

We understand it is easier to discuss short-term goals, but the interviewer might want to know about your plans for the distant future. Once again, you can tell him about the skills you would like to acquire, positions you would like to take, knowledge and expertise you want to get.

DESCRIBE A DIFFICULT SITUATION AND HOW YOU DEALT WITH IT

It is obvious that everyone sometimes has issues at work that they have to deal with. It might be a problem you have to solve, a difficult customer you have to satisfy or a challenge you have to accept. Give a couple of examples which will show your appropriate skills.

WHAT'S YOUR DREAM JOB?

Do not start with the salary you are expecting and benefits you want to receive. Talk about a job which will satisfy your ambitions, your needs. Talk about the work ambience you want to be in, about team you want to be a part of.

Cristina