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The best replies to the three most commonly asked interview questions
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You’ve got an interview coming up. Are you wondering what kind of questions the employer will ask you? Here’s a list of commonly asked interview questions and tips on preparing yourself accordingly.
“Tell me about yourself.”
This is a classic question. This is your chance to sell yourself and your talents to the employer. You will want to tell a good story about yourself, what your skills and prior work experiences are, and how you can use that to benefit the employer. Also let your personality shine through, and let the employer in on your interests and career goals.
“What is your biggest weakness?”
This is your chance to talk about your weakness, and definitely emphasize how you are working to improve on it. For example, if you’re afraid of public speaking, take on a volunteer position to improve your presentation skills and become more comfortable with public speaking. Showing that you actually recognize your weakness and are taking action to deal with it will show the employer that you are proactive and like to take initiative.
“What are your short term goals (over the next five years)?”
For this question, you should mention your professional goals and relate them to those of the employer. You should talk about what you hope to achieve over the next five years and what you hope to contribute to the employer in that time period.
Some good questions to ask your interviewer are:
- What is the most challenging and fun thing about this position?
- What is a typical day on the job like?
- What new projects will I get to assist with?
- What will happen next in the hiring process?
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