Prepare a Few Good Answers for Your Interview

Interviews can be tense…especially for the job candidate when the stakes are high. Behavioral interviewing experts recommend that the key to feeling more relaxed is being well prepared. Besides researching the company so you know their business, size, products, services, competitors, business model, history and values, you should consider questions most likely asked and have “a few good answers” ready to go.

  • At some point, the interviewer will want you to describe yourself. Be prepared with a brief synopsis of your background and experience and link them back to your resume. Focus on skills that will be applicable to the position you are applying for.
  • Another standard question is to talk about your strengths and weaknesses. This is a time to be honest but also to accentuate the positive. Be sure that you show you are willing and able to learn and overcome any weaknesses, give an example how you have done so in the past, and finish by describing your strengths.
  • Be prepared to explain why you are now looking for a job. Again, honesty is best. But consider how your answer will affect the interviewer’s impression of you and never, ever badmouth past employers.

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