5 Questions You Need to Know How to Answer

We’ve all been there.  You spend hours preparing for the big interview.  You know all the names, the mission statement, and anything they could possibly ask.  Once inside, everything is going well, until you’re blindsided by a question you couldn’t anticipate.  Not knowing what to say, you stumble, thinking to yourself, “how could this happen?”  Don’t be set back like this again.  There’s a way you can prepare yourself for the unknown!  Here’s five questions to ask yourself to ensure you’re never left speechless at an interview again.

  1. Think of something that’s not on your resume.
    1. They ask: “Tell us more about you…Why do you think you’re a good fit for the company?
    1. You could answer: I love woodworking and going to carpentry events.  I’m a great fit because I’m social and love sharing skills with others.
  2. What would your past employers say about you?
    1. They want to know if you’re hiding anything.  They ask: “What would your last employer say about you?”
    1. This varies a bit, if you were a great employee, tell them.  If not, be honest and explain why your past employer may not say good things.  Also tell them how you’ve improved, and why it wont happen again.
    1. You could answer: My past employer told me I should have stayed!  Only good things.
  3. What are your biggest weaknesses?
    1. They ask: “What are your weaknesses, and how can/what have you done to you improve them?”
    1. You could answer: I tend to care too much about what others think of me.  I’ve worked to just be myself and focus on work instead.
  4. Why do you want to work with us?
    1. They really just want to know how much effort you’ve put in researching the company.  It’s a good indicator of how hard you’ll work.
    1. Sample answer: I really want to be a part of this team because I love the mission statement of the company.  I’ve researched many companies, and your business stood out.  I want to be a part of this great operation.
  5. Have you applied anywhere else?
    1. They ask this because they can.  Use your better judgement when answering.
    1. You should always be honest, but sometimes it’s best to go light on the details.  When in doubt, tell the truth: but remember to trust your better judgement.  You can just choose not to share.

Source: (Elite Daily)

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