3 Questions You’ll Always Be Asked in an Interview & How to Respond

If you have an upcoming interview, you know preparation is important. So, you need to think about how to respond to commonly asked questions. Here are three questions you’ll (almost) always be asked.

Tell Me About Yourself.

Interviews usually begin with this request. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly informal nature of this inquiry. The interviewer is NOT interested in your personal story, your hobbies, or your career history. What they are looking for is the answer to a slightly different question, “Why are YOU, with your unique talents and qualifications, the ideal candidate for this position?” To answer successfully, prepare a 30 second to two-minute elevator pitch addressing the following: Who are you? (Keep your answer career-focused.) What are your top-selling points? Why are you here? And remember, to create a winning response, you’ll need to research the company and the job. Otherwise, you won’t know what type of candidate the organization has in mind. If you could use a few more tips, check out our more complete article, “Tell Me About Yourself.” Well, Where Do I Begin?

Why Are You Interested in This Job?

Once again, to adequately answer this question, you’ll need to do your homework. You should have a thorough understanding of both the position and the organization. Ultimately, the interviewer is searching for someone knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and a good skill/culture match. Therefore, try to cover the following points in your response: How do your experiences/goals match with this role/company? Why are you excited about this position? How could you use your skills to positively contribute to the business?

Where Do You See Yourself in Five Years?

This question seems frustrating. After all, no one can predict the future. However, the interviewer is trying to uncover your intentions. In other words, they’re on the lookout for job hoppers. This doesn’t mean you must pledge to remain with this company until you retire, but you DO want to show your willingness to commit. Craft an answer covering the following:  What are your (realistic) expectations for your career? How does this position align with your planned goals and growth? Although you should be honest and sincere, don’t feel obligated to provide unnecessary details that could hurt your chances. For example, if you’re considering relocating in the next few years, leave this out.

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