How to Answer 7 of the Most Common Interview Questions (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)

While each interview you participate in will be different, you can count on being asked some version of most, if not all, of the questions below.  You MUST have a well-constructed answer prepared for each of the following 7 questions.

Question #1:Tell me about yourself

How to answer: Using some quick “evidence,” discuss why the company should hire you and discuss why you want the job.

Question #2: What are your greatest strengths?

How to answer: Using some quick examples, discuss several of your strengths that are most relevant to the job you are applying for. 

Question #3: What is your greatest weakness?

How to answer: Discuss a strength that can occasionally get in your way (i.e. being too hard on yourself, being a perfectionist).

Question #4: Where do you want to be in 5 years?

How to answer: The interviewer wants to see how much thought you have given to your future, and he/she wants to be confident that you aren’t going to leave in 3 months if you are hired.  Discuss a plan that includes the company you are applying for.

Question #5: Where else are you interviewing/applying?

How to answer: The interviewer wants to see if you have other employment options (a positive) and if you are focused on specific jobs (a positive) or if your search has no direction (a negative).  Highlight several other relevant jobs you are applying for without being overly specific.

Question #6:  Why should we hire you?

How to answer: Highlight the most relevant skills and experience you have that make you qualified for the job, and be sure to mention how badly you want the job and how hard you will work, if you are hired.

Question #7: How would you describe yourself?

How to answer: Focus on several of your personality traits that will make you likely to succeed if you are hired.

In summary, if you are prepared to answer these 7 questions, you will be well on your way to acing your next interview!

Thanks for reading!

-Pete Leibman

President of Idealize Enterprises, LLC

President of BetterFitness BetterHealth, LLC

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One Comment on “How to Answer 7 of the Most Common Interview Questions (written by Career Expert, Pete Leibman)”

  1. […] stories that demonstrate why you should be hired.  The last step is to practice answering the remaining questions you are likely to be asked in the interview.  Here are tips #16-20 for perfect interview […]

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