Common Interview Questions

You successfully made it past the HR screening. Now it’s time to meet with the person who will ultimately decide if you’re the right candidate for the job—the hiring manager.

Question-Mark-Balls

  1. Tell me about your experience at Company X.

In other words, how does your past experience relate to the job the hiring manager is looking to fill? When answering this question, you want to convince the hiring manager that you can hit the ground running and bring value to the team by providing specific examples that resulted in successful outcomes.

  1. What is your biggest professional accomplishment to date?

This is your opportunity to provide an example that shows you can do the job. Think about the skills detailed in the job description and which of your accomplishments most directly relate.

  1. How would people you have worked with describe you?

This question centers on how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships with your peers, managers and direct reports. Give examples of situations that illustrate how you work with people across various functions.

  1. What is your greatest weakness?

Often dreaded by job candidates, the key to answering this question is to be honest yet strategic. You also need to address the unspoken follow up, which is what you are doing to overcome your weakness. Ultimately, you want to show the hiring manager that you are self-aware, thoughtful and proactive about your strengths and weaknesses.

  1. Why are you the best person for this position?

In asking this question, the hiring manager is looking for you to succinctly convey what sets you apart from the other candidates. Think of your most impressive and unique strengths that closely relate to the job description and use those to pitch yourself in a way that clearly illustrates the skill set and qualities you bring to the table.

As always, be sure to practice with JMU’s practice interviews in the Career and Academic Planning office, or on Interview stream.  Visit http://www.jmu.edu/cap/students/jobintern/interview/practice.shtml#interviewstream for more.

For the full article, visit: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ellevate/2014/02/18/how-to-answer-the-five-most-common-interview-questions/

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