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Top 10 Interview Questions and Best Answers

Top 10 Interview Questions and Best Answers
By Alison Doyle Updated January 05, 2016. It's important to be prepared to respond effectively to the interview questions that employers typically ask at job interviews. You don't need to memorize an answer, but do think about what you're going to say so you're not put on the spot during the job interview. Top 10 Interview Questions and Best Answers Review the top 10 interview questions you'll most likely be asked at a job interview, plus the best answers. 1. 2. continue reading below our video Loaded: 0% Progress: 0% Do your best to frame your answers around positive aspects of your skills and abilities as an employee. 3. 4. Be prepared to say why. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Bonus QuestionsHere are some related questions that you may be asked during a job interview that require some thought to answer. More Interview Questions More Interview Questions and AnswersReview more common job interview questions, plus see sample answers you can use to practice for a job interview. Related:  Job Interviews

How to Write an Interview Thank-You Note: An Email Template You just walked out of an interview—nailed it! But the interview actually isn’t done yet. In fact, most hiring managers pay very close attention to how well (and how rapidly) you write a thank-you note. So, our advice? Subject Thank You Body Hi [interviewer name], Thank you so much for meeting with me today. I look forward to hearing from you about the next steps in the hiring process, and please do not hesitate to contact me if I can provide additional information. Best regards, [Your name] Pro Tips If you really want to blow a hiring manager out of the water, add in another few lines before “I look forward to...” with some ideas you have on how you could add value. Want Even More Email Templates? Photo of laptop courtesy of Shutterstock.

College Graduate Job Interview Questions and Answers | Everyday Interview Tips Interview Questions for Recent College Graduates The goal of higher education is to prepare one for the workforce, yet time spent in the educational system is time not spent creating real world experiences and accomplishments. In today’s economic times, employers value known commodities over unknown risk. They are looking for achievements instead of possibility; experience over knowledge. Interview questions are designed to highlight these achievements. Luckily, you can implement interview strategies that will allow you to effectively answer these job interview questions and prove to employers that your skills are more than suited for the position. Sample Interview Questions Q: Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years? Perhaps one of the most common interview questions to recent college graduates is their five to ten year plan. Q: Why Do You Think You Are a Good Fit For the Company? Interview preparation is vital for these types of answers. Q: Tell Me About Yourself

The One Answer You Should Never Give In An Interview Many of us have been there: You're in an interview, doing fairly well, when the interviewer asks you that dreaded question: "What's your biggest weakness?" In an effort to avoid mentioning your actual biggest weakness, whatever it may be, you turn to what sounds like a good answer: "I'm a perfectionist." But unfortunately, this common, made-to-please response comes across as inauthentic at worst and lacking self-awareness at best. "Such a person is likely to be lying," said Peter Cappelli, a management professor and director of the Center for Human Resources at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. And if you actually were a perfectionist, there's no way you'd give this answer, experts say. "People who say perfectionism is their problem tend to not be perfectionists, rather people who are trying to do the whole 'positive as a negative' trick," said Suzanne Lucas, who writes the popular blog Evil HR Lady. "True perfectionism is a terrible quality," Lucas said.

Emails That Land Jobs: The Best Way to Shine in a Follow-Up Note That’s how many emails most “working professionals” send and receive every day . The bad news? That’s a whole lot of noise—and it can feel difficult to pop out from the pile, especially when you’re trying to lock down a new job opportunity. The good news? Most emails are poorly written, awkward, vague, or just plain boring. And when 99% of the incoming stream is blah-blah-beige, it doesn’t take too much effort to shine brighter than a disco ball. So, what’s the best way to shine? Simple: Be unexpectedly generous . A quick story : A few years ago, I was courting a local marketing agency for a freelance copywriting position . After my informal interview, the director of the marketing agency told me: “We like your spirit, but we just can’t hire you without seeing a few more writing samples.” We shook hands and parted ways. But then, I had a life-changing light bulb moment. I wrote a quick email to the very, very busy agency director, thanking her for taking the time to meet with me.

The 5 Best Questions a Job Candidate Can Ask What to Say in an Interview - Interviewing Tips We can all agree that interviewing is a pretty imperfect way to evaluate a job candidate. For the interviewee, so much of the experience can feel like a game of guess-the-answer-in-the-interviewer’s-head. It’s hard to know if what you’re sharing is even remotely close to what the hiring manager is seeking. Luckily, there are a few phrases that are almost always on the mark. Given the opportunity, it’s a good idea to try and squeeze these three phrases somewhere into your interview. 1. This is one phrase that’s sure to put a smile on your interviewer’s face. Of course, this single statement will only get you so far. 2. If you were interviewing two candidates who were pretty much identical in terms of the skills and relevant experiences they bring to the table, what would be the deciding factor? While it definitely makes sense to state upfront that you’re excited, you’ll also need to back up that claim by doing some company research. 3. Photo of speech bubbles courtesy of Shutterstock.

How to Answer the Question "Tell Me About Yourself" The Best Way to Answer "What's Your Biggest Weakness?" “You’ve told me about your strengths—now, can you share what you consider to be your biggest weakness?” It’s the question that nobody likes. Well, except for hiring managers—who ask it pretty frequently—which means that you should be prepared with a well thought out answer. To help you out, we’ve put one of our favorite tips into a short, minute-long video. Watch as our CEO Kathryn Minshew gives a formula for answering this question from our career expert Lily Zhang, then try it out yourself. (Can’t watch the video at work? The questions, “What’s your greatest weakness?” But here’s the thing: It can be really tough, but it’s important not to lie or to gloss over your weaknesses. So here’s one way that I think about answering this question. So for example, if someone said, “What’s your biggest weakness?” “Well, I used to be pretty horrible at public speaking. See, that wasn’t so bad. Photo of broken chain link courtesy of Shutterstock.

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This article gives you the top 10 interview questions and also gives you the "best answers" that they found. This is a great tool for practicing commonly asked interview questions. by tmason777 Mar 7