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20 Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Genie Fletcher -- One of the secrets to a successful interview is answering questions quickly while remaining calm, and not being flustered by what may be thrown at you. To prepare, you need to know some of the most common interview questions inside and out.

You created the best resume possible and waited anxiously until you heard from the recruiter or potential employer. Now you need to be prepared for a great interview if you want an offer. Prepare for it by studying some of the most common interview questions.

1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

2. Describe your management experience. How many people worked under you? What were your responsibilities?

3. Why are you interested in working for us? Why would you want to work here?

4. Why do you want to leave your current position, or why did you leave your last position?

5. Would you be willing to travel? How often could you travel? Would you be willing to use your own vehicle? Could you relocate? How much notice would you need?

6. What is your most successful professional accomplishment?

7. Name a difficult situation you had with a co-worker/subordinate and how you managed to rectify it.

8. What do you hope to accomplish in your first month/six months/year on the job?

9. Tell me three words that best describe you. How would others describe you? If I were to call your boss/former boss, how would he or she describe you?

10. How would you deal with an angry customer?

11. What makes you a better fit for this job than someone else?

12. What motivates you?

13. Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with your boss and how you handled that situation.

14. What are your career goals? How long do you see yourself working with this company?

15. What do you like most and least about working in this industry?

16. What questions do you have for me about this company/position?

17. What are your salary requirements?

18. Explain any gaps in your employment history. Explain any career changes and why you felt the need for a change.

19. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years?

20. Tell me a little about yourself.

Study these questions and decide on the answer that fits you best. Honesty and thoroughness are vital. Confidence is often the most important of all. Try not to make the answers too pat. A potential employer may see through ready-made answers. Also, make sure to listen. If you concentrate too heavily on how to answer the question you may not hear the question correctly.

Even with this guide, your interviewer is likely to have some questions for which you were unprepared. Questions like "Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?" and "Describe the color yellow to someone who is blind?" have been asked by the likes of Stanford University and Spirit Airlines. The secret to answering these kinds of questions is to remain calm, answer quickly, and not be flustered by their unconventional nature.

Once you have read through and answered these questions for yourself, you will be ready to answer them out loud to someone else. Good luck.

Source: Ezinearticles.com.

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© 2016 Genie Fletcher

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