There are commonly asked interview questions, and there are tough interview questions to expect in any interview.
You should be familiar with some of these questions.
Here are examples of such questions and the way you should tackle them,
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Why did you apply for this job posting?
The interviewer is attempting to determine if you will be happy in this position, and whether you are apt to stay.
What criteria did you use to evaluate the company you work for?
The interviewer wants to be assured that you are targeting your job search and not just applying for every job posting you see. Make sure to give some solid examples of the things you look for in a company you want to work for.
Who you are
How would you describe yourself?
The purpose of this question is for the interviewer to have you profile yourself and then see if you are a good match with the company. It is in this way the interviewer is able to compare your perception of yourself with his/her perception of you. Be factual and take this opportunity to sell yourself; however, don’t be arrogant.
Name two professional accomplishments that have given you the most satisfaction. Why?
The interviewer is looking to see which of your professional accomplishments give you a sense of pride so be sure to explain why these accomplishments satisfy you.
What are your greatest strengths and your weaknesses?
Be sure you highlight your attributes such as reliable, enthusiastic, skilled, etc. and how they relate to the position you are applying for. Never describe weaknesses that may be potential to your performance in this position. Try to make your weakness an actual strength. For example, I am too critical of my work. The interviewer would actually see this as a positive.
Can you please define success and failure?
This is an extremely personal question. The interviewer is trying to determine how you judge success and failure.
What are your long and short term goals, and how do you plan to prepare yourself, so you can achieve these goals?
This question is focused on finding out the type of person you are. Make sure your goals are achievable and make sure you can explain your strategy to achieve these goals.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
The interviewer is looking to see if you are able to set goals that are achievable, as well as whether you are a good fit with the company’s long term goals.
What type of person do you find gets on your nerves?
This could be a difficult supervisor or a slacking co-worker. Whatever the person that gets on your nerves, you want to make sure that you stress you are able to get along with almost anyone, and how you interact with difficult people. The interviewer is looking to determine if you could work in a tough situation.
Give me an example of how you work under pressure.
This should tell you that there will be pressure in this position. You should reassure the interviewing party by giving examples of how you rose to the occasion and handled the situation.
These tough questions are a great place to start.
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