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Job interviews can be very nerve racking. Prepare yourself by researching your desired industry, company and position. If needed, put together a portfolio, preferably online. And, practice answering sample interview questions. Here is a short list of general interview questions that I’ve encountered.

  • Why do you want to work for our company?
  • Can you tell us what you know about our company?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • What is your educational background?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What positions and skills have prepared you for this position?
  • What single project or task would you consider the most significant accomplishment in your career so far?
  • Do you work well in a team environment?
  • How do you handle working with difficult people?
  • Share a difficult situation you’ve experienced and how you overcame it.
  • How have you made process improvements or saved the company money?
  • Describe 2 situations where there was a problem in your department and you came up with a solution.
  • What constructive criticism have you received from your co-workers?
  • What has your boss asked you to improve on? What did you do?
  • What are your career goals?
  • Are you willing to relocate?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • Tell me why you left your previous job.
  • What blogs do you like to read?
  • What is your passion?

A few questions to ask the interviewer:

  • What is expected in the first year of the job?
  • What accomplishments would you like to see?
  • Office culture?
  • Who do I report to?

Write out your answers to these sample job interview questions and practice your presentation in front of a mirror. Stay positive in your responses and sell yourself. Try to give clear, concise answers and avoid rambling. Assure the employer that you are a valuable fit, worth hiring. Good-Luck!

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