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How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions. Wouldn't it be great if you knew exactly what a hiring manager would be asking you in your next interview?

How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

While we unfortunately can't read minds, we'll give you the next best thing: a list of the 31 most commonly asked interview questions and answers. While we don't recommend having a canned response for every interview question (in fact, please don't), we do recommend spending some time getting comfortable with what you might be asked, what hiring managers are really looking for in your responses, and what it takes to show that you're the right man or woman for the job. Consider this your interview study guide. 1. 5 Reasons You're Not Getting a Second Round Interview.

You thought the interview went OK. Maybe it could’ve gone better, but certainly you didn’t totally bomb it, right? 5 Sneaky Ways to Research Employers Before the Interview. Showing up to an interview without doing any research on the employer can cost you the job.

5 Sneaky Ways to Research Employers Before the Interview

This is why it’s important for every job seeker to learn as much as they can about the company before their job interview. While you can read through the company’s “about” page to learn more about the company’s history and values, there are a few more things you can do to learn specific details about the employer. 7 Tips for Crafting a Perfect Post-Interview Email. Congrats!

7 Tips for Crafting a Perfect Post-Interview Email

Cartwheels! Cake! You got an interview for the position that you only dared to dream about just a few months ago, and you rocked it! So, all that’s left is smiling for your employee ID tag and waltzing into your first day at work, right? 5 Things You *Must* Do to Follow-up After an Interview. You’ve made it through the last round, and now all you have to do is play the waiting game.

5 Things You *Must* Do to Follow-up After an Interview

It’s a nerve-wracking time, and you may jump every time the phone rings, but keep your cool and make sure you’re not breaking any of these interview follow-up rules: 1. Thank them within two days. Thank whoever interviewed you on the day of or, at the very least, the day after your interview. Thank every person who interviewed you. 2. The Ultimate Guide to Acing Your First Tech Interview. You just opened one of those emails, the kind that makes your heart race and your hand reach compulsively to text your mom.

The Ultimate Guide to Acing Your First Tech Interview

You got an interview!! And then comes the delayed reaction. ::Gulp:: I got an interview? Putting your skills (and dreams) on display for a potential employer is hard enough, but if you just learned new tech skills and are going into your very first tech job interview? Well, that comes with its own set of worries: What if I don’t know enough yet?

Your Guide to Top Job Interview Questions and Answers. 3 Things You *Must* Learn About a Company Before Going on an Interview. 5 Interview Tips and Tricks for Introverts. Interviews are already nerve-wracking—and when you’re an introvert like me, they’re downright, wake-up-in-a-cold-sweat, I’d-rather-get-my-teeth-pulled terrifying.

5 Interview Tips and Tricks for Introverts

Unfortunately, if we introverts ever want to work, we have to do them, and we have to do them well. So, check out my five techniques for getting through the process like a champ (a soon-to-be employed champ, at that!). What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Focus on Before a Job Interview. Years ago, when I was interviewing for the job of deputy editor at Harvard Business Review, I thought I had carefully prepared for my full day of interviews.

What You Should (and Shouldn’t) Focus on Before a Job Interview

I had my favorite suit dry cleaned and ready to go. I took my older daughter (a notoriously bad sleeper) to my parents’ house so I could count on getting a full night’s sleep. I even did a dry run of the unfamiliar drive to the office on the Sunday before my interview. I was ready for anything. Or so I thought. In hindsight, I can laugh at what happened (especially since I got the job) but I also realize that I had focused on all the wrong things: logistics and details instead of substance. Stress about job interviews feels like a given for most of us. So, how do you manage the inevitable stress of a job interview and prepare correctly?

“Prepare yourself even more thoroughly than you think is necessary,” Lees advises. Develop a real script. The Ultimate Interview Guide: 30 Prep Tips for Job Interview Success. Preparing for an interview takes a lot more than Googling a list of common interview questions.

The Ultimate Interview Guide: 30 Prep Tips for Job Interview Success

You have to make a great first impression appearance-wise (no wrinkly suits here!) , have a great knowledge of your target company and its product, and, of course, know exactly how to convey that you're the perfect fit for the job. Preparing for Interviews. In interviews, your job is to convince a recruiter that you have the skills, knowledge and experience for the job.

Preparing for Interviews

Show motivation and convince a recruiter that you fit the organization's culture and job description, and you get that much closer to an offer. 1. Research the organization. This will help you answer questions — and stand out from less-prepared candidates. Seek background information. 2. Analyze the job description. 3. Most interviews involve a combination of resume-based, behavioral and case questions. 4. 6 Surprising Interview Questions—And How to Answer Them. Have you ever walked into a job interview feeling totally prepared, only to be stumped by a surprising interview question?

6 Surprising Interview Questions—And How to Answer Them

You’re not alone. Two recent Quora threads discussed the questions, “What is the toughest interview question thrown at you, and how did you answer it?” 10 Interview Questions You’ll Be Asked If You Want to Work for a Start-Up. 1. “How did you hear about this opportunity?” Start-ups are always curious to know which of their recruiting methods are actually effective, so your answer will be informative to your interviewer no matter what. 3 Steps for Answering "Why Do You Want This Job?" Like the dreaded “Tell me about yourself,” the question, “Why are you interested in this position?” Is sure to come up in an interview. And, even if it doesn’t, if you want the job you should get this sentiment across regardless. So, really, there’s no way around figuring out how to string together a coherent thought about why this being in this position makes sense for you (and for the company). 5 Tough Interview Questions And How To Answer Them. You’re in the middle of an interview that’s going well and your interviewer asks an off-the-wall question.

Why? To find the best cultural match for the company. Forty-nine percent of employers know within five minutes of an interview if the candidate is a good fit for the position, CareerBuilder found in their January 2014 survey. Strange interview questions help employers choose the best candidate. Make a Great Impression on Your Interviewer in 10 Minutes. 5 Things to Do Before an Interview. Feeling nervous before speaking in public is often the result of insufficient preparation. You take the stage, scan the crowd, and suddenly realize that you haven’t practiced as much as you should have. And that’s when the butterflies kick into high gear. We’ve all been there. Job interviews are no different. The more insight you have about your position and the company for which you’re interviewing, the more poised you’ll be during your talk with the hiring manager.

Doing your homework before the big day will help you reach that peak level of confidence. 4 Easy Ways to Make Yourself Look More Mature. A lovely reader recently wrote in requesting a post on how to use dress in order to appear older than you are. For any professional, looking the part—which includes looking the appropriate age as compared to your clients, colleagues, students, etc. —is essential. 13 Ways to Look Your Best During a Video Interview. With over 63 percent of companies interviewing prospective employees via video, it is more than likely you’ll have to experience the dreaded Skype interview at some point in your professional life.

For all you soon-to-graduate seniors or juniors who are finishing up semesters abroad, that time is probably right about…now. When I was abroad interviewing for internships over Skype, I remember being extraordinarily uncomfortable. Where should I sit? Do I look at myself or the camera?