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7 Most Common Job Interview Questions

Posted: June 24, 2014

Common Job Interview Questions

If you are in the in the middle of a job search, you probably have your resume sent out to over a dozen employers right now.  But what happens after that?  When you get a call for an interview it can be exciting and overwhelming, all at the same time. 

Here is a list of common interview questions to help you prepare for the next step towards getting that new job you have been waiting for:

1.  Why do you want to work here? Answering this question is a great opportunity for you to demonstrate the research you’ve done on the company and the position. You can talk about why you believe it’s a great company to become part of it. Your answer should talk more about what you can do for the company than what the company can do for you.

2.  Why should we hire you? The hiring manager already has your resume so don’t just restate what’s right in front of them. Instead, think of the skills you have that are a good match to what they’re looking for. Pulling language from the job posting can help you explain why you’re a good fit to the job. And then adding a few of your personal qualifications can help seal the deal!

3.  Why did you leave/are you leaving your last job? Don’t consider this common question as a chance for you to complain about a past or current position. Instead, talk about your need for growth and new challenges. Use your answer to show you’ll bring a positive attitude to your job and not a negative one.

4.  What are your greatest strengths? Talk about the strengths you have that would be a good fit to the position. If you hope to secure a position in healthcare, then pointing to an ability to get along well with diverse populations would be a good match. Traits like good organizational skills and an ability to multi-task would also be good to have in healthcare. Hiring managers for business might want to hear about your fine attention to detail, good time management skills and ability to focus. Be honest about your good qualities and adapt them to the job.

5.  What are your weaknesses? It may seem that the flip side to your strengths would be weaknesses that might make you appear like a weak job candidate. But they don’t have to be. If the hiring manager is trying to fill an information technology position and you say that you have a tendency to become hyper-focused on your projects, that trait may not be such a bad one to have. Being driven to solve a puzzle is only bad if you don’t know when to ask for help. And if you do choose to cite a weakness, explain what you’re doing to improve upon it.

6.  What are your future goals? This is a common question, and one worth having a ready answer for. What do you want for your future? Think of your long term goals and then consider what short term actions you might take to accomplish them. For example, if you want a good job, maybe a good start to that goal would be getting additional career training.

7.  Can you tell me about yourself? Who better than you to answer this one? It’s interesting, then, that this simple question often trips up both new and experienced job seekers alike. But if you practice an answer or two, you’ll be ready for it! Just think of a few of your best qualities or something you feel passionate about. Maybe you love computers and have been working on them since you were a little kid or maybe you’ve always imagined yourself working in a doctor’s office. Share something about you that brings your resume to life and reminds the hiring manager why you’d make a great employee.

If you’re ready to be that great employee, you’ll need great training. For career-focused training in healthcare, information technology and business, check out the programs at Career Quest Learning Centers.