Simple Interview Questions You Have Been Answering Wrong

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By: Neena Zona, Account Executive for Sweet Heat Gourmet 

Interview season is upon us as students are looking for jobs for once they graduate, internships, or holiday season jobs to make extra cash while home. For some, interviewing is something that causes a lot of anxiety, but interviewing does not have to be so hard. Here are three common interview questions and how to best answer them:

1. Could you tell me a little about yourself?

            This is the question that most interviewers start out with. While it seems like an easy one, most everyone messes it up. This is because you are not use to talking about yourself and all that you do in less than one minute. Here’s the trick, you want to pick two or three experiences that you want your interviewer to know about the most. Then tie it into why those experiences would qualify you for this job.

2. Why should we hire you?

            This is another simple question but again one that can easily mess up your interview. When answering this question you have to make sure that you can relate something that this job will require of you, to something you are good at and have experience with. Your interviewer is essentially asking you to sell them on you being the best person for the job. So make sure you are prepared to tell them why it is in their best interest to hire you!

3. Do you have any questions for me?

            This is the question that most interviews will end with. To make sure you leave a good impression you need to prepare at least two questions to ask. These questions should be used to show your interest in the company and that you have done research on the job and the company. Good examples are, “What are the next steps in the interview process?” or “What are your expectations for this role during the first 30 days, 60 days, year?” You also want to make sure that you do not ask about salaries or benefits, these are questions you want to save for when they offer you the job.

Making sure that you have practiced these simple questions is what can set you above the rest of the candidates. So make sure before your next interview to study these questions and do your research about the company. Happy Hunting!

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