Are you wondering what questions you might be asked in your next job interview?
If you're really ready to secure a job offer, stay tuned because in this video you'll learn how to answer the most commonly asked interview questions.
And if you stay around until the end I'll tell you where you can get your free interview guide cheat sheet with responses that you can tailor to answer some of these popular interview questions.
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When it comes to job interviews, most hiring managers have a designated set of questions that they'll ask.
Now whether you agree with the effectiveness of these questions is a different story.
Nonetheless, preparing your responses to commonly asked interview questions ahead of time will give you more confidence in your interview, will make your interview run more smoothly and will hopefully land you a job offer and here's the cool thing, I have separate videos on each of the questions I'm about to share with you that goes into more detail..
So if you're interested in learning even more about these questions ,I'll link all of the videos up below.
But if you're here for just a quick rundown, then you're in the right place.
Here's the key to doing well in almost any interview question.
You want to develop some type of compelling story around the question that shows some type of quantifiable result.
So let's jump into it.
Question number one, tell me about yourself.
Now this is by far the most popular interview question because almost every interviewer will ask it.
This question is asked to get a sense of your personality to see if you'll be a good fit for the company.
It will potentially be the first question you're asked in your interview to get the ball rolling.
The key to doing well with this question is to tell a captivating story about your professional life, not your personal life.
Organize your story into parts.
You want to start with where you are now in your career, how you got to where you are and how the current position aligns with your goals and aspirations.
Question number two, why should we hire you?
Interviewers ask this question because they want to know what sets you apart from everyone else they are interviewing.
Why are you special?
Why are you different?
To properly answer this question, you need to understand the company's pain points and be able to communicate how you can help them solve those problems.
To find out what problems the company is facing, thoroughly review the job posting to find out why they're hiring for this position in the first place.
Then match your skills, your expertise and your accomplishments with those key items and develop your response.
Question number three, what are your weaknesses?
Interviewers are asking this question because they want to gauge your personality and character.
They want to know what your self-awareness level is.
Pick a few common reasonable weaknesses that don't directly relate to the position and discuss what you're doing to overcome the weakness or what you've done in the past to overcome it.
The key to doing well with this question is to keep it positive, keep it in the past and be honest about it.
Question number four, what are your strengths?
This question might seem fairly easy to answer, but it's a little more complex than you think.
The reason interviewers ask this question is because they want to see if your strengths and accomplishments align with the position.
To do well with this question, pick a few strengths that go hand-in-hand with the skills, the experience and the qualifications the position requires.
For example, if the position requires someone with the ability to manage large complex teams, make sure you go back to a time in your work history or your experience that shows you can do just that.
So you could say something like, "one of my strengths is the ability to handle and direct large teams with multiple tasks", and then you would go into a story that talks more about how you did that.
Question number five, why do you want to work here?
This question is asked because the interviewer wants greater insight into your goals and your intentions.
Before your interview, list the reasons why you want to work for the company and what inspires you about the position or the company.
Also be very specific with your response.
You don't want to respond with something like "I want to work here because, simply I need a job" or "I want to work here because I can't pay my rent every month."
Rather, develop an answer that shows you will be a valuable contribution for the company and that shows you've done your research and you know what the position entails, and you know what the company is like.
And I have a bonus for you.
Most likely you will be asked a behavioral interview question.
A behavioral interview question is something like "give me an example of..." or "describe a situation where..." or "tell me about a time when...".
Interviewers ask this question because they want to determine your past problem-solving experience.
This helps them decide if moving forward you'll be able to help them solve problems in the future.
The key to doing well here and I mentioned this earlier, is to tell a story.
Now the cool thing about behavioral interview questions is that you can use what's called the star format for your answer.
The S stands for situation and the T stands for task.
This will be the beginning of your story.
This is where you're going to describe the situation or the event that brought about the challenge.
A stands for action.
This will be the middle of your story.
Use this as a time to explain what actions you took to solve the problem.
R stands for result.
This is the end of your story and this is where you'll explain the results you achieved from solving the problem.
Now remember, I created a video on each of these questions that goes into even more detail than what I shared with you today.
I'll go ahead and link all of those videos up below.
To land that job offer, make sure you take a look at the Ultimate Interview Guide Cheat Sheet.
It contains responses to the most commonly asked interview questions that you can tailor for your next interview.
I'll go ahead and link that up below.
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