Preparing for an interview can be one of the toughest parts of your job search. It requires lots of preparation, practice, and confidence to get it just right. A big part of your preparation should be rehearsing your best answer to common interview questions. Even the boring ones. But you don’t want to provide a boring answer to any interview question, lest your interviewer find you forgettable. Keep in mind that your interviewer has probably heard the same answer to the same questions repeatedly. But you can do better. Here are some not-boring answers to even the dullest interview questions.
1. Tell Me About Yourself
What an interviewer wants to hear in response to this question is why you think you’re qualified for the role. It may be tempting to cover a wide range of interests or activities, but keep in mind that whatever your answer is, it should all relate back to you being a great fit for the role. Focus on your job history, your accomplishments, and your professional goals when answering this question. But also feel free to add in a little extra information about what you enjoy doing in your free time to add a little personality to your interview and make yourself that much more memorable to your interviewer.
2. Why Do You Want to Work Here?
The worst possible answer to this question is because you need a job. Employers want to know that they are talking to candidates who are in it for more than just the paycheck. They want employees who want to be part of something bigger. Take this question as an opportunity to use your background knowledge about the company and about the role you are looking to fill. Show your interviewer that you are sincere in your interest and that you are committed to the company that you want to work for. That dedication will make you much more interesting to hiring managers because they know you will go the extra mile to make things work in your new job.
3 What Are Your Biggest Strengths?
Strengths are a critical part of your value to a company. Talking about your strengths is what you should be most able to do in an interview. But reading a laundry list of skills and abilities isn’t good enough. Your interviewer has presumably already read your resume. An interview is your chance to put those bullet points into context. Tell a story showcasing your strengths. Help your interviewer understand your value to an employer. Focus on the projects you’ve worked on and how your strengths led to business success.
4. What Is Your Biggest Weakness?
Weaknesses are also something an interviewer wants to know about. But be careful, you don’t want to talk yourself out of a job offer in response to this question. Since most interviewers are used to hearing fake sounding responses of perfectionism and problems of being too invested in the work, talk about a real weakness of yours. Do what you can to put a positive spin on it, but more importantly discuss how you are working to improve. Your weaknesses shouldn’t hold you back so long as you are self-aware enough to understand how they impact your work.
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