Interviewing Questions You Should Be Prepared to Answer

By Renee Gerber , last updated December 5, 2011

With the unemployment rate being so high due to the floundering economy, plus with those looking to leave their current job for a new one, you will no doubt experience plenty of interviews. During job interviews, you will find that you will be required to answer certain questions. These are generally those that every prospective new employee will have to experience, and they are fairly general. At the same time, in spite of that, many people feel unprepared when they are being interviewed and seem to be caught off guard. It is not exactly a good thing to show this and to hesitate or stutter while trying to come up with your responses. To that end, it is mandatory that you know exactly what to expect and know just how to effectively reply to these questions.

"Tell me About Yourself."

Obviously, the first question you will be asked during a job interview is, "Tell me about yourself." This is the most asked question you can hear during this time, as the individual who is conducting your interview will want to ensure that you are a good fit for the position, as well as for the company itself. This is the one that basically gets the ball rolling during the interview. Keep in mind that you should never give away too much information about yourself. In other words, keep it fairly brief, including any pertinent information about your education and prior work experience. Don't talk about your childhood or give out your entire life story.

"What do You Know About our Organization?"

"What do you know about our organization?" is an extremely important question. Check the company's website and read about it so you are prepared. This shows the person conducting the interview that you have actually done your homework and researched the company, which will impress them.

"What are Your Greatest Strengths?"

Of course, a prospective new employer wants to know about your greatest strengths in your career. This is a typical interview question that you should be prepared to answer, and since it is about you, there should be no difficulty in answering it. Usually, individuals have quick and positive replies and can effortlessly lay out all of their greatest strengths in the workplace. Make sure, however, to only mention those things that are relevant to work and perhaps also to your personality and how you handle things at work.

"What are Your Greatest Weaknesses?"

The question "What are your greatest weaknesses?" is a far more complex one to answer during a job interview. Nobody wants to talk about their faults or negative aspects of themselves while working, and tis question can very likely come back to bite you. Make sure to think long and hard about this one prior to any interview so that you can respond with relative ease and honesty. Again, your answer should be relevant to how you conduct yourself at work.

"Why did you Leave Your Last Job?"

Another question you should expect to be asked during interviews is "Why did you leave your last job?" While there may be any number of responses for this, always remember that you want to be as succinct as possible and don't want to give away too many details, especially if there was drama involved in your previous place of employment. The best way to answer this question is to simply state that there was no room for growth or that you wanted to change fields, if the job or company you are currently interviewing for is totally different.

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