Common Interview Questions
Some tips for responding to common interview questions
Tell me a little about yourself.
Tell me about your education.
- Don’t give your complete employment or personal history; instead give a pitch that shows why you are the right fit for the job. Offer two or three accomplishments or experiences that you most want the interviewer to know about you.
What do you know about the company?
- Even though this is stated in your résumé, tell the employer more—mention any classes, seminars, internships, workshops, or on-the-job trainings that support your career goals.
Why do you want this job?
- They are not looking to see that you read their website or understand their mission; they want to know that you care about it. Show that you understand and care about the company’s goals using key words and phrases from the website.
Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
- Show that you are passionate about the position and identify key factors that make it a good fit for you.
Why are you leaving your current position?
- Interviewers want to get a sense of your personal goals, ambitions, and drive.
What are some of your weaknesses?
- State your reason for leaving in a positive context.
How would others describe you?
- Discuss weaknesses you can develop into strengths and discuss how you overcame your weaknesses.
Give an example of how you solved a problem in the past.
- This is the interviewer’s way of asking how you will fit in.
Why should we hire you?
- Show the process you went through when presented with a problem. State the problem and describe each step you took to solve it.
- Your response should sum up your main selling points.
- Give an answer that shows that you can do the work, deliver great results, and fit in with the team and company culture.