Employers and interviewees were surveyed by the job posting site Indeed and found these were the most common interview questions:

  • Tell me about yourself.

  • What are your greatest strengths?

  • What are your weaknesses?

  • Why do you want this job?

  • Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?

Tell Me About Yourself

Strategy

  • Think of this as a mini elevator pitch or highlight real.

  • Practice a 30 and 60-second version.

It can be based on your values, accomplishments, or a timeline.

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Sample Answer

I am Yumi Reed, a political science graduate, a former member of the student government at Greendale Community College. I just completed a public policy internship at City Hall. I am an environmentalist and advocate for many causes and my passion in these areas will make a great fundraiser for B Corp.

What Are Your Strengths?

Strategy

  • Create a list of your skills.

  • List hard skills such as knowing how to use certain software or language.

  • List soft skills like a strong work ethic and interpersonal/people skills

  • Still not sure? Try asking your friends!

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Sample Answer

I consider my leadership skills to be one of my greatest strengths. In my previous job as a manager, I was able to successfully train my team so that they were comfortable in their new roles. As a result, we were able to increase sales by 5% at the end of the first month.

What Are Your Weaknesses?

Strategy

  • Be truthful, but don’t say anything that will impact how you work in the job position.

  • Show how you are working to overcome your weakness.

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Sample Answer

Organization is something I struggle with. While it never impacted my work, over time, I realized how organization can help me have a more efficient workspace. I’m constantly working on it by continuously challenging myself to organize and label my workstation .

Why Do You Want This Job?

Strategy

Here are 4 easy steps to help you prepare:

  1. Study the job posting

  2. Research the company

  3. Tie your background to the job posting

  4. Quantify your accomplishments

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Sample Answer

You should hire me because I have worked on 8 similar projects in my previous role. I'm familiar with the tools your company uses, including Slack, Jira, and Clickup. I have also increased sales consistently over the last 3 quarters.

What Are Your Career Goals For The Next 5 Years?

Strategy

Think About the Big Picture

What do you want your life to look like in 5 years, realistically? What's important to you?

Here are some different categories to think about:

  • Career

  • Education

  • Family

  • Health

  • Travel

There may be other categories that are more relevant to you.

Sample Answers

5-year goal: Use my master's degree in psychology to bring new insights to the field of market research.

1-year goal: Find part-time work that will help me gain experience in the field.

6-month goal:  Apply for a master's program in research psychology.

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Why Are You Leaving Your Current Job?

Strategy

  • Don't throw past employers under the bus!

  • Focus on what the new role offers.

  • Highlight what you did to contribute in your past/current role and say what you're looking to gain in the new role.

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Sample Answer

I was promoted to team manager after 8 months and in the past year, my team surpassed the company's sales targets by 20%. I'm ready for a new challenge and this position would give me the opportunity to manage a larger team and sell products I'm passionate about.

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