Smart Answers to Common Job Interview Questions

Posted by Fed Finance Canada in Our employment advice
Posted at 29/08/2016
Smart Answers to Common Job Interview Questions

Fed Finance

One of the most common questions in an interview is “Tell me about yourself.” Actually, it is not even a question--it is an invitation. It is an opportunity to share with the interviewer whatever you think is important in their hiring decision.

More importantly, it is your chance to differentiate yourself. In most cases, most of the standard questions allow the same.

[MORE: Answering: Tell Me About Yourself.]

As some of you know from reading my free Job-Hunt interviewing guide -- Successful Job Interviewing: What Job Candidates Need to Know -- I recommend building a checklist of key experiences and attributes you want to cover and find opportunities to present them during the interview. The “Standard Questions” are often times those moments.

Answering the Most Common Job Interview Questions So You Stand Out 

Here are some of the most popular questions and my thoughts on how to answer them.

Where do you see yourself in five years? 

Employers don’t necessarily care to hear that you expect to climb the corporate ladder and be a supervisor. If the job you’re interviewing for is not a supervisor, they probably aren’t concerned about your management skills. You can share how you’ve been a mentor to others and led projects with little to no supervision. That should indicate you have leadership potential.

Focus on them: In five years, you should have made a significant impact to the company’s bottom line. Think about how you can achieve this in the role you’re interviewing for. In technology careers, advancing your skills is important, too. You should be able to share what areas you want to strengthen in [...]

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Source : Jeff Lipschultz,