- Tell me about yourself.
This is often an ice-breaker question. Keep the answer job or skill related.
- What do you know about the type of work we do?
This is your chance to tell what you know from the research you completed ahead of time.
- What is your weakness?
Always make this a positive answer. For example, “My spelling is not always perfect, so I always use a spell checker.”
- What are your strengths?
Describe your skills in a way that will show you as a desirable employee for the company.)
- Why did you leave your last job?
Answer with a positive statement. Try not to say: “I was fired,” “terminated,” “quit,” “had no babysitter,” or “couldn’t get along with coworkers or supervisor”. However, you can say: “new job,” “contract ended,” “seasonal,” “temporary,” “career change,” “returned to school,” to raise a family,” or “relocated.”
- Why have you been unemployed for such a long time?
Tell the truth. Emphasize that you were looking for a good company where you can settle and make a contribution.
- Why should we hire you?
Make a positive statement, such as “I would like the opportunity to work with you and believe that I can do the work.”
- Do you have references?
Be sure to contact your references ahead of time and have their name, current address, and telephone numbers.
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Common Interview Questions…and How to Answer Them