Although it can be difficult to know what exactly to expect, here are some of the most commonly asked interview questions. Prepare your answers. Write them out, conduct a mock interview with a friend, practice in front of a mirror, or videotape yourself. The more prepared you are, the more poised and confident you'll be.
Remember, when answering questions, focus on how your accomplishments benefit the company.
Tell me about yourself.
Employers ask this question for a variety of reasons. Some may want to hear a brief summary of your work experience (including your current job), while others use it as an icebreaker to get a sense of your personality. Many human resources professionals recommend keeping it brief, stating two professional accomplishments and one personal fact. What you choose to say, and how you say it, says a great deal about you.
What are three of your strengths?
Employers ask this question because they want to know what your strengths are, but more importantly, they want to know if you're capable of discussing your strengths. Now is not the time to be bashful. Emphasize strengths that can be directly applied to the job.
What is your greatest weakness?
Most of us would like to respond, “I don't have any," but that's not what the interviewer wants to hear. After all, who doesn't have a weakness? However, be cautious. Think about what you want to reveal. Pick a weakness that is not important in this job or one that you have taken steps to strengthen. Always try to transform your weakness into a strength.
What are your most significant accomplishments in the workplace? Outside the workplace?
Emphasize accomplishments that are most relevant to the job. Don't waste time talking about details that would not be of any use to the employer. Be as specific as possible without revealing too much about your former employer. Don't downplay your achievements; instead, mention any difficulties you may have had and how you overcame them. If you are asked to describe a personal accomplishment, mention something you've accomplished outside of work that is related to your professional development.