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5 Job Interview Questions to Practice

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5 Job Interview Questions to Practice

Some job seekers always land more jobs than the others because they know a couple of job interview secrets that most people do not know. These secrets indeed are not really a “secret” because they’re just the things often neglected by majority of job seekers.

Everyone who has a big job interview coming up gets the same advice: be sure to practice beforehand. While this is very good advice, it’s also somewhat incomplete. What should you practice? How should you practice it? Keep reading to find out.

A job interview can be a terrifying experience. Here are 5 key employment interview questions to review before the interview.

Rehearsing ahead of the interview will lesson the fear factor for a job seeker. Practicing in front of a video camera and later analyzing the results can be very useful to observe qualities such as body language. It’s always best not to go into an interview cold.

Here are 5 key employment interview questions.

Tell Me About Yourself

This question is often used to open an interview. Be careful about getting too informal. The interviewer is not interested in a person’s life story. They are looking for a few key job-related items to help with job selection.

Going on and on about a recent holiday to Mexico, a childhood experience and personal history from birth to today is not advisable. Talk more about topics like education and job experiences. Time management can be key on this open-ended question.

Why Would You Like to Work Here?

The interviewer is trying to determine whether the job seeker will be satisfied in the job, fit in with the company and want to stay. The job applicant should explain why she/he is interested in the position and the company.

The interviewer wants to now why the job applicant should be hired and what do they have to contribute to the business. What benefits can the job seeker offer to the company?

What Do You Consider to be Your Greatest Strengths and Weaknesses?

The job seeker should highlight his/her most positive attributes, such as: reliability, enthusiasm and skills as they relate to the job description. A job applicant should study the job description carefully and be able to give specific personal examples when questioned and stay away from speaking in generalities, for example: “I’m a dedicated employee.” Instead give an actual example to show job dedication.

Be careful about talking about weaknesses and avoid making negative comments. A job applicant could talk about qualities that have improved. For example: “I used to have difficulty leaving the job at work, but now have found ways to balance work and personal life.”

How Do You Work Under Pressure?

This question shows that the job will involve deadlines and work pressure that could cause stress. The interviewer is looking for actual examples where the job seeker was able to rise to the task, meet deadlines and handle a substantial workload.

An example might be: “In my previous job, my manager took sick the morning before a major presentation and I stepped in at the last minute to make the presentation. It resulted in positive comments in a performance evaluation.”

What Do You Know About Our Company?

The interviewer wants to know if the job seeker has taken the time to research the company. Searching online, in libraries and locations such as business directories can offer valuable information. Tactfully talking to present staff of the company may also offer perspective on the job opening.

The answer to this question shows how serious an applicant is in wanting to work at that specific company – or whether they will just accept any job at any company. It’s important to mention as many positive features about the job and company as possible.

Gary Hollick, publisher of Now newspaper and employer of hundreds of staff, in a guest speech at a April 8, 2010 Delta BC career fair, shared some of his observations about job interviews from an employer’s point of view.

“There’s something about a job interview that scares job applicants because a job seeker is the wanter and the employer is the giver,” says Mr. Hollick. “It is important to reverse that equation, because in reality the job applicant should be interviewing the employer. When a job seeker shows up, some of the questions should also be the ones a job seeker wants answered. Some examples might be: What does your company do? What makes it so special that someone would want to work here?”

This approach is more likely to defuse any interview intimidation and create a more positive two-way interaction. By researching and practicing these typical job interview questions, job seekers will be a step up in landing that dream job. Job counselors and employment advisers are also helpful in assisting job applicants preparing for a job interview.

Finally, make sure you aren’t fidgeting. Don’t rub your hands, tap your fingers on the table or chair, or do any other distracting movement. Don’t touch your face or hair. Don’t mess with your jewelry, or jangle your keys or coins in your pocket.

If you find yourself unable to refrain from doing this, make the item in question completely unavailable during the interview. Leave the coins and jewelry at home, and put your keys somewhere you can’t touch them without actively thinking about it.

And that’s all there is to it. Don’t worry if you’re terrible at first; the whole point of practicing is to figure out where you’re going wrong and fix it before the big interview. Give yourself plenty of time to get ready, and you’ll be fine.


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