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Addressing Common Questions

Consider the following points when answering common interview questions below.

Q. Tell me about yourself.

This is your first impression that will set the overall tone of the interview. You want to emphasize the key points that you want the company to know about you. Do not begin reciting your resume or mentioning something irrelevant. Focus on your professional experiences and career goals, unless asked about non-professional traits, such as hobbies. Be concise and enthusiastic in explaining why you are a strong fit for the opportunity.

Q. What are your greatest professional strengths?

Be accurate as possible. Do not simply share strengths you think the interviewer would like to hear. Speak on the unique strengths that are relevant and integral to the position you are interviewing for. Be specific when describing a certain strength. Provide examples of how you implemented these strengths in a professional setting. Do not use common “filler” phrases like “good people skills.”

Q. Why should we hire you?

Show that you understand the position and what the company is looking for. This is a great chance to show the interviewers that you have done your research on the company. Describe how and what you will do in the position to meet expectations and add value to the company.

Tricky Interview Question: What are your Weaknesses?

The question “what are your weaknesses?” is one of the most difficult questions an interviewer can ask. Many candidates may lie or indirectly answer the question by thinking it will hurt their professional image during the interview. However, it is important not to avoid the question but to

answer it honestly.

When answering this question, you want to show that you already know your weaknesses and have taken action to improve upon them. This shows that you are willing to adapt and grow personally and professionally.

The table below shows several examples of how to answer and approach common weaknesses an individual might have.

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