Over the course of my career, I have always believed in keeping my options open, which meant that I interviewed for a lot of positions. Early on, I was often very nervous about these interviews and had anxiety over correctly answering the questions that I’d be asked. At some point along the way, I developed a list of the most common interview questions and found a way to effectively use them in the interview process.
Before each interview, I would sit down and answer each of the following questions. But I wouldn’t just answer them generally; I would answer them as they applied to the position for which I was interviewing. I would then memorize the key points of each answer or at least become very familiar with them.
By doing this, I was not only prepared to answer these specific questions but I found that I could adapt my predetermined answers to fit almost any question that I was asked. This also established consistency across my answers, which is a key trait that interviewers look for in a candidate. Because I had memorized the key points, I could speak about them in a more conversational way rather than stressing out or freezing up when the question was asked.
This obviously made me much more comfortable in the interview process, allowing me to relax and be more confident in my abilities rather than in correctly answering questions on the spot.
Here is a list of the top interview questions. Learn them…know them…memorize your answers.
- Tell me about yourself?
- Why do you want to work here?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
- Why should I hire you?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- What are you looking for in a position?
- Describe a difficult situation and how you overcame it.
- Why are you leaving your current position / situation?