The best answers to the most common interview questions emphasize strengths, highlight experience and provide insight into motivating factors and personality. Time spent preparing for common questions and tailoring answers to the interviewing company or industry is an investment that can allow one candidate to stand out from the rest.Continue Reading
Interviewers commonly ask questions regarding the applicant's strengths, weaknesses and goals. Answers should focus on professional qualities rather than personal. Some candidates hesitate to point out weakness to a prospective employer, but with forethought, weakness can be acknowledged with confidence and presented as awareness and a drive for future growth. Goal-oriented questions are best answered with immediate and near-term rather than distant future goals. These answers, like most others, should be formulated specifically with the interviewing company in mind.
Preparing for the most common questions not only allows for a smooth presentation and demeanor in an interview, it displays motivation, which is a highly desirable quality. A company wants to know that a candidate has researched, evaluated and selected its business in her employment search and is not merely searching for any job available. A candidate needs to answer questions honestly, confidently and in a way that displays drive, desire and a unique combination of skills that make her the best person to fill the position.Learn more about Applying & Interviewing