While you'll never be able to anticipate every question you might be asked in an interview, you can get a head start by developing strong, concise answers to commonly used questions. Mostinterviewers will ask similar questions like these to gain knowledge about a candidate's abilities and qualifications and compatibility with the job and the company.
1. Tell me about yourself: This is often theopening question in an interview. It's also one of the most difficult if you're not prepared. Remember, the interviewer does not want to hear about your hometown or your scrapbooking hobby.
Thisquestion calls for your one-minute commercial that summarizes your years of experience and skills and your personality in the context of the job for which you are interviewing. Get to the point and sellyour professional self. Develop a few brief sentences that demonstrate you have what it takes to do the job -- experience, proven results and desire to contribute.
2. Why should we hire you?: The keyto answering any question about you versus your competition is using specifics.
"Everybody is going to speak in generalities, so you need something that will make you stand out a bit," said Linda, ateacher in Springfield, Ohio. Give real examples that show them you are best-suited for the job. Linda says she would point out her achievements and accomplishments throughout her career that arerelevant to the open position, as well as her experiences in dealing with different types of students and teaching situations.
Pinpoint the qualities you have that are truly valuable to the company.
3.Why do you want to work here? What do you know about our company?: Peter, a physician in Indianapolis, said that research is important in answering these questions.
"I would use this opportunity toshow off what I know about the company and, more importantly, how I would fit in."
Susan, a vice president of benefits in Chicago, said that she would address issues and challenges in the company...
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