Interviews are high-stress situations where nerves can get the best of you and cost you a job opportunity. One of the best ways to prepare for an interview is to know what types of questions will be asked and to practice your answers beforehand. Here are some common interview questions to prepare you for your next interview.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Probably the most asked interview questions are the old stand-bys, "What is your greatest strength?" and "What is your greatest weakness?" When talking about your strengths, be honest. Don't say generic things like, "I work hard." Be specific and say something like, "I network well. I've never met a person I couldn't strike up a conversation with."
Answering the weakness question is a little harder. You don't want to make yourself sound bad. Instead, tell the interviewer about something you're working to improve and then give an example of how you've taken steps to get better. For example, "I'm a little disorganized, but I've gotten a couple apps and a desk calendar to help me with that problem."
Tell me a little about yourself?
It seems like such a simple interview question, but it can make you start stuttering almost instantly. How do you sum up your life in a few sentences? Luckily, you don't need to. The interviewer just wants to hear about a couple of your business accomplishments and a little about what you did at your last job. Piece of cake.
What do you know about our business?
Questions testing your knowledge of the company seem to always pop up in interviews. These questions tend to sound like, "What do you like best about our company? How do you see this position fitting into our company? To prepare for these questions, do your homework. Look over the company's website. Make a few calls to their customer support line. Read some reviews posted online. The more you know about the company, the better you will be able to come up with a smooth retort.