What and what not to answer when asked these 5 questions in a job interview

Learn what you should and should not answer to five of the most common questions asked in a job interview.

1. Could you tell me a little about yourself?

Answer: explain why you think you are the ideal candidate for the job and why the job is aligned with your professional goals and interests. Talk about your previous jobs, how long you worked there and mention some of your career achievements.

Don’t answer: avoid mentioning details of your non-professional biography such as personal details or how you spend your free time.

2. Why are you interested in this job?

Answer: explain how the tasks and functions associated to the job can help you meet your professional expectations and goals. This is actually one of the easiest questions to answer in a job interview as long as you have carried out some previous research on the job and the company.

Don’t answer: that you applied for the job simply because you saw the offer and because it seemed to be an interesting proposal.

3. What motivates you professionally?

Answer: focus on talking about the professional environment and the challenges the company offers and on how these will help you to fulfil your personal and career goals.

Don’t answer: avoid being walking vague as well as common places and clichés.

4. Why are you the best candidate for the job?

Answer: start by describing a possible problem that you could face if hired and offer a solution, paying special attention on how you would implement it.

Don’t answer: avoid talking about the achievements on your CV or about your abilities, remember there are other candidates who might be more qualified than you. Try focusing on convincing the interviewer of why you are the candidate that fits best the specific needs of the job instead.

5. What are your weaknesses?

Answer: never deny that you have real weaknesses, you should rather concentrate on showing why they will not interfere with the duties and tasks of the job.

Don’t answer: some candidates freeze at this question. They get scared and deny they have any: always remember that denial is one of the worst mistakes you can make.

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