Best Answers to 5 Common Interview Questions 

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Best Answers to 5 Common Interview Questions 

The interview stage is the final and one of the most essential stage job application process. As an applicant, this is your opportunity to convince the employer and hiring manager that you are the best for the job. Interviews are conducted to get to know the applicant more. It is also a way to validate the credibility and personality of the applicant.  

Interviews vary from company to company and from position to position. However, interviews follow a certain routine and it has must-asked questions. Even if this is already given, some applicants still stumble in the interview like questions asked are coming out of nowhere. That is why it is important to prepare on how to answer it well.  

To capture the interviewers’ attention and to draw his interest on you, you need to come up with original answers in these routine interview questions. When answers to these questions are available on the internet,  you can access it any time and all you have to do is memorize it before the interview, be an original. Your original answers will make you stand out in the crowd of applicants.  As you read along, we will help you establish your authenticity as an applicant and how to highlight your best skills and strengths to land on the job.  

The 5 common interview questions asked are the following: 

  1. Tell me something about yourself.
  2. What are your strengths?
  3. What are your weaknesses?
  4. How do you manage conflicts?
  5. Why should we hire you?

Familiar? Yes, you are right because these five questions are the must-asked questions during the interview for the hiring manager to see an overview of his potential hire. That is why you need to practice and make sure that you have an original answer to these questions. Preparing how to answer these interview questions will help you in the interview proper to be calm, simultaneous, and confident.  

Let us start with the first one“Tell me something about yourself”. From here, you need to highlight immediately your strengths. How will you do this? Create an outline in your mind and one by one tell the interviewer about your professional working experiences, your accomplishments, and your career goals. There is no way to be authentic than being truthful of your details which are relevant for the job.  

 

Do not tell the interviewer what they already know and read in your resume. Instead, tell them what they do not know yet. For instance, no need to tell the interviewer what was your last work or position, instead tell her what were your accomplishments while you are doing that job. By this, your answers are automatically original since your personal experience is no way the same with others.  

You can tell the interviewer how did you spend the years in your previous company, what skills did you develop or acquired during that time, what is your best experience in that job and how did it change you as a professional. If you have this outline in mind, for sure you will come up with original answers in this routine interview question.  

The second interview question to ask is “What are your strengths?”. Do not just answer using adjectives. You have to answer this with substance. Meaning, you need to highlight your strengths or the things that you are good at which is beneficial for the company. Before the interview, take a look at the job description of the job you are applying for. From that, integrate your strengths so that it will be appropriate for the job and the company.  

 You can start by stating what is your best strength. Then give an example of how you can demonstrate it. After, connect it with the job. This is the time you lead the interviewer that you all have what it takes for the position.  

Third question, “what are your weaknesses?”. There is no way to rehearse the answer to this but to be honest about it. Employers do not need perfect candidates that will work perfectly like robots. Instead, they need humans that will work hard despite shortcomings. They hire good professionals to be trained and willing to train others too for the success of the company. Hence, just be honest about what you are not good at and how you feel and do about it.  

Admit your imperfections during the interview and explain the reason behind it. Then, tell the interviewer what are you doing about it. Lastly, give an assurance that you are working on it and that it would not affect the quality of your work in the company.  

Let’s go to the fourth question, “How do you manage conflicts?”. This is a tricky question because it tends to arouse your emotions when you hear the word conflict. Just relax and clear your head before you answer because the interviewer just wants to know whether you are a leader or a role player. They want to hear your personal experiences in managing conflicts. Do not be too conscious in answering because you need to answer this in an organized and detailed way.  

 

Give only one specific example where you encounter conflict. Tell the interviewer what is your reaction at first. Next, explain what did you do to resolve it and what is the outcome. In this question, the interviewer  

Fifth and the last, “Why should we hire you?”. A common mistake committed by applicants, especially by fresh graduates in answering this question is overconfidence. Although this is usually the final question where you need to leave a long-lasting impression in the interviewer, be careful how you impress them.  

Stop promising the stars and the ideal in answering this question. Honestly answer these questions by highlighting the key skill in the job along with your strength. Describe what you can do and what you already have to be successful in this position.  

To wrap it up, the only way to come up with an original answer in these five routine interview questions is an honest personal experience to the profession. Always remember, connect your skills and strengths with job description because no matter how good you are at one thing but if it is not the skill needed for the job, then you fail in the interview. Like any other interview and undertakings in job applications, always prepare. Plan out and organize your answers so that when you are in the actual interview, you can prevent common mistakes. Now that everyone could be great and imitated in a snap, during the interview being intelligent is sexy but being authentic is awesome. 

Written by Ariane Negishi

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