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5 Interview Questions and Answers that can Guarantee you a Job

Have you ever felt pretty stupid after an interview? You knew without anyone telling that you’ve done woefully. It’s an embarrassing and morale-dampening position to be. But it does not have to e a continued trend; you can equip yourself, not only to impress your interviewers, but to get the job. Adequate preparation is necessary to do well at an interview. It is best you brainstorm likely questions you interviewer would ask based on the industry, company and job requirement. However, based on researches and experiences, there are certain questions most interviewers can’t resist asking like the tricky “Tell me about yourself” question. I’m going to examine five of these general questions and also providing insights on how best to answer them.

Tell me about yourself
This could be a tricky question, as it might be hard to tell what exactly they want to hear or where you are expected to stop. However, please note that the worst way to approach this question is telling the interviewer your life story; they are definitely not interested in that. The best approach is to discuss how your background (skills, education, experiences etc.) makes a you a great candidate.

What are your strengths and weaknesses?
It’s alright to share your strengths, but ensure they are strengths that will help your effectiveness on the job, nobody cares about your cooking skills except you are being interview for a catering job. Also, note that when talking about your weakness, the best approach is to share a weakness that you’ve turned around. For example, you used to be a “latecomer” but have learnt effective time management, such that your punctuality is now being commended by people. Also beware of overused or untrue responses such as, “Well my greatest weakness is that I work too hard and need to learn to take it easy once in a while”. Nobody believes such; tell the truth always.”

Where do you want to be in the next 5 years from now?
Employers want to know if you will be there for the long haul. They need to know you are not just applying for the job because you need money they also to know if you have realistic expectation of your career.
Show them that you’ve done some self assessment and career planning. Let them know that you hope to develop yourself professionally, take on additional responsibilities at that particular company and help the company in any way you can. Avoid absurd statements like “I don’t know” or “I want your job”

Why are you leaving your current job?
Employers want to know the reason for you leaving you current job. Is it simply a money issue or are you looking for `an opportunity to advance your carrier? If your leaving because you don’t like your boss, don’t talk negatively about your Bo, just say you have different work philosophies. If the work has being boring to you simply 8say you are looking for a more challenging position. Discuss the positives that came out of your most recent job-dwell on why you think this new position is ideal for you and why you’ll be great addition to their company.

What is your salary requirement?
An employer, by asking this question, simply wants to know if you have realistic expectations about remuneration, if you want more than they can give and if you are flexible about your expectations. Avoid answering this question in the first interview because you may short-change yourself. Give them a salary range and not a specific amount if possible, let them make the first offer. Don’t readily accept the first offer; there might be room for negotiation. Be sure to take your experience and educational achievements into consideration. Be brief and go straight to the point and be comfortable with the silence that my come after.


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