Know What Questions to Ask During an Interview, and How to Answer Their Responses.

Questions to ask during an interview

Questions to ask during an interviewFor most people, the thought of going on a job interview makes them feel very uneasy. For some, uneasy is an understatement and panic is a more appropriate way to to describe their feeling. Relax! You are certainly not alone. Being prepared for what the interviewer may ask and knowing how to answer interview questions is a good way to ease your nerves. You can be more confident by preparing answers and knowing these questions to ask during an interview.

Make sure that you take the time to prepare for the interview. Experts suggest spending three hours prepping for each interview you go on. This will allot you the time to research the company, take a drive over to the interview site and jot down some of your questions to ask during an interview. The biggest challenge you will face is figuring out how to answer those, sometimes tricky, questions the interviewer will ask.

How to Answer Interview Questions

Always be positive! If you were fired from your last position and the interviewer asks why, angle your story in a positive way. Should that be impossible, be brief about the situation. Remember, you are trying to sell yourself to the employer, so highlighting any flaws is never a good idea.

Point out your skills and achievements. Use each answer as an opportunity to display your skills, or accomplishments. Employers want to know what you are capable of, but they also want to hear about the positive things you have already done. Never be boastful, or egotistical about it.

Speak in a professional manner. You are not getting together with friends, so always be professional and speak in a mature manner. Words like “ain’t” or “gonna” should be avoided. If you cannot take the interview seriously, how can you take the job seriously?

Research the company. Make sure you know as much as you can about the company you are interviewing for. There is a good chance they will ask you some specifics. If you fail to do any research, it will look as though you have taken no initiative or interest in the company.

Smile and show enthusiasm. A smiling, happy and motivated employee is what companies are looking for. Appearing angry, or depressed will most likely turn off an interviewer. If you are particularly nervous, try not to let it show in your facial expressions or speech. Remember to breathe and relax.

5 Popular Interview Questions

1. Tell me about yourself.

2. Why do you want to work here?

3. Describe a difficult problem and how you solved it.

4. What are your weaknesses?

5. Why are you looking for a job? – Note: This question may sound silly, but the employer is trying to find out if you were fired, or if you are just looking for a new place to work.

There are hundreds of different questions an employer could ask, but only select few will make it through to interview day. Try writing down your answers, and saying them out loud. This will help you get an idea of how the answers will sound to an employer. Be as prepared as possible and always be honest with your answers. Make sure you know the right questions to ask during an interview, ones that are relevant and well planned, this will leave a lasting impression with any employer.

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  • rotger

    okay, so if you were fired from a job because someone complained that you were being rude how do you best explain on an application the “reason for leaving”…. 

    • Sean

      You could say something like “I usually have no problem getting along with my supervisors, but I did not get off to a good start with my previous supervisor, our personalities clashed. I think I’m wiser now. I’d like the chance to prove that to you. ” You might not want to say you were rude, but if you rtuly were you might consider working on your customer service skills, or choosing a position where customer service is not a daily activity.