It is important to do everything you can to prepare for interview questions when looking for a job. This simple step will greatly improve your ability to perform well and give off the best possible impression during the interview.

Identify Questions that are Likely to be Asked
The first step in getting prepared is to identify what questions are likely to be asked. You never really know what is going to come up but there are some ones that are very common. Here are some examples:

  • Tell me about yourself.
  • What are you currently doing now?
  • Why are you looking to make a change?
  • What are some of your strengths?
  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • Tell me about a time when you performed a task really well.
  • Tell me about a time when you faced a challenge and what you did to overcome it.
  • Why are you interested in working here?
  • Why are you the right person for this job?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Do you have any questions for me?

Prepare Answers to Common Interview Questions
Once you make a list of questions that you can anticipate, you may want to try to compose some answers to those questions. Whether you fully write out answers to each question or not is up to you.

But at a minimum, you will want to scan the list of questions and put some thought around the questions and how you would answer if it came up during an interview. Even if you do not fully compose your answers, just going through the exercise of thinking about how you would answer these interview questions will greatly improve how you perform during the interview.

Role-Play Your Interview Question Answers
One way to take your interview preparation to the next level is to actually role-play your answers to some of the questions that you can anticipate. This would be to actually practice the questions and say your answers out loud.

You could either do this with a friend or family member. If you don’t have someone to role-play your interview answers with, you can do them out loud to yourself in front of a mirror or you can use some type of automated role-play software system.

One Interview Question to Prepare for
If you look back at the list of common interview questions that we listed above, please note the last question of “Do you have any questions for me?” This is one question that many people don’t prepare for and when that is the case, the answer to this question is often, “No, not really.”
This is not great as it either looks like you are not interested in the position, have not put a lot of thought into the job or company, or that you are just not very thoughtful in how you make decisions since an interview is a two-way street as you are also interviewing them.

Try to have some questions prepared in advance that you can ask and bring them up whether this question comes up or not. Ask the interviewer about the company, the organization, and the job itself.


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