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Offer Original Answers to Common Interview Questions

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Summary: There are some very common interview questions out there today, but they always seem to come up, which is why you need to prepare original answers.

If you have been struggling during job interviews of late, it might not be your resume or your work experience. It might not even be your references or how you interact with others. The problem with your job interviews could be the answers you provide to the most common questions. If this is the case, do not worry, we will help you prepare original answers for these questions in this post.

Why Do you Want to Work for Us?

This question is asked by almost every hiring manager, but it is a question that needs to be answered originally if you want to impress the company. Your answer to this question will show the interviewer whether or not you have done any research into the company. Take what you have learned about the company and craft your answer so it explains to the interviewer how you and the company match.

Tell Me a Little About Yourself

This is such a difficult answer to provide an interviewer because you never know which route to take. You must absolutely go beyond your resume in this answer because the interviewer has already read it and does not want you to regurgitate it for them. Instead, talk about some of the goals you have met in life or at work and your proudest accomplishments.

What are your Best Strengths?

Your answer to this question must center around the tasks of the job for which you are interviewing. In order to answer this question you must also provide the employer with examples of your strengths, not just listing them in the answer.

What are your Biggest Weaknesses?

Never take a positive and put a negative spin on it because this will not impress hiring managers. Instead, take a real weakness you struggle with and let the interviewer know how you are working on it, that it is a real problem and provide examples of how you are trying to improve it.

How Do you Take Care of Conflict?

When answering this question you must provide the interviewer with an example of how you faced conflict in the workplace. Explain the entire situation, how you dealt with it, and what became of the situation. You must tell the entire story in order to show what you accomplished.

Where Will you be in 10 Years?

Any answer to this question will need to revolve around growing in the job you are interviewing for or with the company you are interviewing with right now. Make sure somewhere in your answer you tell the company that you want to have a long career with them.

Why Should We Hire You?

This will likely be the final question during the interview process, but it still needs to have an original answer. You need to highlight your skills and achievements in this answer to show the company why you are the best person for the job.

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Authored by: Jim Vassallo