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We’ve compiled some of the most common interview questions and some tips and suggestions on answering them to help you rehearse your answers. Every interview is different, so these questions may or may not be asked, and you should be prepared to use your best judgement in adapting your answers as necessary.
Create a 15-30 second “elevator speech" that describes your professional background and strongest skills in two or three sentences.
Vary your response according to the specific job opportunity and offer a brief description of why you would be a good fit for the position.
Interviewers who ask this question are usually looking for a short synopsis of your experience.
Be sure to demonstrate how you've developed professionally and be objective when listing your strengths and weaknesses. Try to describe how you compensate or are working to overcome your weaknesses.
Interviewers tend to ask this question in order to gauge your level of enthusiasm for the work that you do, and are also looking for a direct connection between your current position and the one you’re applying for.
This question seems straightforward, but can sometimes be difficult to answer if you haven't thought about it beforehand.
There are two important themes to include in your answer:
It’s imperative you are as diplomatic as possible when answering this question, and avoid becoming too personal.
Instead, focus on your previous supervisor’s management and communication styles. The interviewer is looking for some indication as to how well you would get along with your future boss, if you were hired.
Interviewers ask this question to see what kind of balance you’re looking for between your personal and professional lives.
While it’s good to list one or two activities, be careful not to list too many activities as the interviewer may wonder if your outside interests will interfere with your work.
Avoid mapping out a detailed plan when answering this question. Instead, describe what you feel is the next logical step or steps in your career path.
State you expect to be fairly compensated for the position and for your skills. If pressed, provide a salary range.
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