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Answer the commonly asked interview questions

Q&A We’ve made a list of some potential interview questions which you can start asking yourself and preparing your answers. You will be well-served by being ready even if the interviewer does not ask all or even these exact questions.

Can you give me a brief introduction?

Use this as an opportunity to demonstrate your communication skills by speaking clearly and concisely in a logical manner. There is no right or wrong answer for this question; however, it is important that you appear friendly.

What you are your key strengths?

This is a common question in an interview and the objective of the interviewer in asking this question is to know what you think of yourself. Identify at least 3 key strengths which should relate to the role you’re being considered for and support them with an example as to why or how they are a key strength in your work.

What are your weaknesses?

Nobody is perfect. When answering this question, it is best to identify a weakness which won’t affect your ability to perform in the role you’re being considered for. For example, if you’re applying for a data entry position, you wouldn’t want to say that your weakness is your lack of accuracy. Once you’ve identified the weakness, try to explain how you were able to overcome it or how you’re working towards overcoming it.

What are your short-term goals?

In asking this question, the interviewer wants to be sure that you’re not planning to move to another job in the next few years. It’s best to answer this question by referring to the position you’re applying for and the company that you’re interviewing with. This is not the time to mention your goals to start a family or return to a full-time university course. You should however be realistic and your goals should be achievable.

Can you work well under pressure?

Working well under pressure is a good trait to have. Explain to the interviewer how your performance is consistent whether under pressure or not. Some individuals work even better under pressure. It is not enough to say that you work well under pressure but you should give articulate and solid examples of situations where you indeed worked well in such an environment.

How do you make important decisions?

There are many different ways to answer this question. The interviewer wants the potential employee to demonstrate their ability to logically make decisions. They will be listening for evidence of an orderly approach to weighing options. Give examples of past actions where you made sound, realistic decisions. The decision made is less important than the decision-making process which you followed.

Don’t forget that the interview is a two way process, this is your opportunity to sell yourself but also extract more information about the role and the culture to see if it suits you so make sure you also come with a few questions to ask the interviewer too.

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This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 23rd 2014 and is filed under Interview. You can subscribe to our RSS 2.0 news feed here.

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