During any job interview there are different ways that employers evaluate your skills, your experience, and your capabilities. When you are in the middle of your interview you need to remember that your answers to questions need to be clearly stated and relevant to the question that was asked. If you are unsure of how to answer a question there is nothing wrong with stopping for a moment and taking a deep breath before you continue.
When you are asked a question make sure that you listen carefully so that you understand what is being asked of you. If you are unsure of the question ask for clarification before you answer without thinking. Take a minute to think of all the facts and issues before you start speaking. You want to give the best answer that you can in a positive and confident way. Get to the point as quickly as you can so that you are not wandering off into details that your interviewer is not interested in listening to. The facts are the only thing that you should talk about.
The goal of an interview is not to have the right answers to certain questions but to be able to convince the person interviewing you that you are the right person for the job. Always be truthful in the information that you provide since anything that you say can be verified. Try not to get yourself into types of questions that you know might be difficult for you to answer.
Many people who are looking for a job think that “winging it” in an interview is the only way to go about it. This may be partially true since you want to appear relaxed and unrehearsed during the interview. However it can help if, ahead of time, you think through some of the answers you might be asked and have some form of an answer ready to go. This can apply to standard questions such as “why do you think you are best for this job” or “why do you want this job”. By having some answers in your head you can begin the interview feeling confident and poised.
Some of the more traditional questions that you will be asked are:
(1) What are your strengths and weaknesses?
(2) What are your long term goals?
(3) Where do you want to be in ten years?
(4) What do you think of team building?
(5) How do you handle stress on the job?
(6) Can you tell us a little more about yourself?
Knowing some of the traditional questions that you will be asked may help to prepare yourself better.
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