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How to Answer Interview Questions

One of the keys to getting a job is knowing how to answer the interviewer's questions confidently and convincingly.


  • Step 1: Prepare for the interview Prepare for the interview by coming up with a list of questions you may be asked. Write down your answers and rehearse for the interview, preferably with a family member or friend.
  • TIP: Many sites on the internet provide guidance for answers to the most common and challenging questions.
  • Step 2: Find out as much as you can about the company Learn as much as you can about the company. Get a better feel for who they are, what they are looking for, and how to tailor your answers to support the position they want to fill.
  • Step 3: Make use of body language and tone of voice Smile and use body language and tone of voice to project interest, confidence, consideration, and sincerity.
  • Step 4: Be prepared for general questions Answer general questions about yourself or previous jobs in a positive manner. Focus on training and experiences that relate to the job you're applying for.
  • Step 5: Explain why you left a job Be prepared to explain why you left a position. Be positive, honest, and brief. Emphasize your desire for more challenges and growth.
  • TIP: Never speak negatively about previous supervisors, co-workers, or organizations. A perceived lack of loyalty reflects poorly on you.
  • Step 6: Explain gaps in your resume Put a positive spin on how you spent your time during periods of unemployment. For example, while job hunting, you took classes, volunteered, or consulted on projects.
  • Step 7: Describe strengths and weaknesses When asked, give specific examples of your strengths that relate to the position. Briefly give an example of a weakness and then discuss the strategies you've taken to overcome or compensate for it.
  • Step 8: Explain why they should hire you Be ready to explain why they should hire you. Highlight your skills, experience, and attributes that are key to the position. Describe how you would be an asset to the organization.
  • FACT: Actor Jim Carrey started out as a janitor, Danny DeVito as a hairdresser, and Chris Rock as a busboy at a Red Lobster franchise.

You Will Need

  • List of questions and answers
  • Resume
  • Practice
  • Determination
  • Positive thinking
  • Self-confidence
  • Internet access

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