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Master These 14 Typical Interview Questions

  • By Emily Co, POPSUGAR Smart Living
  • January 27, 2014

Testing Your Knowledge and Experience
Make sure what you can live up to your claims in your résumé and cover letter, because your interviewer may try to test your knowledge and experience.

For example, he might ask you questions in your field or get your professional opinion on some current events happening in your expertise. Another way to test your knowledge is to walk you through a sample scenario you might face in this new job, and ask you how you would solve the issue.

The best way to prepare for these questions is to read up as much as you can about industry that you're applying to, and brush up on items in your past. Give yourself time to think about how you would tackle the problem they present to you, and don't rush your explanation. Even if you don't arrive at the conclusion the hiring manager is looking for, they may be impressed by your thought process.

Tell Me About Your Achievements
It's your time to shine when you talk about your achievements. Make sure you're preparing ahead of time for the achievement question.

Write down three possible past wins relevant to the company and position you're applying to, and practice articulating your answers. Do your best to be specific and possibly throw in numbers to really back up your answers. For example, saying something like "As a result of achievement x, revenue numbers increased by x percent year over year." This will really show your hiring manager how you added value to your past company's growth and reveal your worth as an employee.

Tell Me About Your Failures
Be careful when picking which failures to talk about because it can either be a hit or miss answer.

Be honest in your answer. Don't pick a weak example, where the failure wasn't truly a flop. It's very telling if you're uncomfortable with the question. The interviewer may see you as someone who can't take responsibility for her mistakes and grow from it.

You want to make sure that whatever you mention, you're able to explain how you bounced back stronger than ever and how you took steps to make sure that the mistake never happened again

How Would Your Co-Workers Describe You?
It's time to talk yourself up! Highlight your positive traits and make sure you're not bringing up your flaws. You should only bring up negative things if you're asked to do so.

Think back on what your co-workers and bosses have said about you in your past reviews. This will help you formulate your answer.

Do You Have Any Questions For Me?
Asking good questions can reveal a lot of your personality and can be the most important part of the interview. Take some time into crafting very personal, well thought-out questions that require more than a "yes" or "no" answer.

Don't ask questions that seem to be too assuming and that make you sound like you think you got the job. Don't try to focus on pay, benefits, and getting promoted. Focus more on what you can do for the company and not what the company can do for you.

Use your judgement during the interview on how many questions are appropriate.

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