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Sep 15, 2015

Top 10 Interview Questions

It is normal to feel anxious about a job interview. One of the easiest ways to relieve some of the pre-interview anxiety is to be prepared, and the first step in preparation is learning how to handle important questions.

1. What Can You Tell Me About Yourself?
Avoid talking about personal interests. US News recommends making this answer a succinct summary of past, current and expected professional career status. Try not to make it more than a minute long.

2. Why Are You Interested In This Job?
Employers only want to hear about what aspects of a job role interest a candidate. Do not mention benefits, pay, commute time or other aspects not related to the work itself.

3. Why Do You Want To Leave Your Current Job?
Do not criticize management, other coworkers or the company. Relocating is an acceptable reason. However, job seekers citing the search for new challenges as a reason should be prepared to give specific examples of challenges and how they relate to the desired position.

4. Why Should We Choose You?
To field this question, some research is necessary. Forbes recommends pinpointing some of the company's problems or pain points and offering solutions. A good problem solver is an asset to any company.

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5. What Are Your Goals?
To best answer this question, make a list of personal goals. Next, make a list of goals for the new position. Merge those goals to make personal and professional goals applicable to the desired role.

6. What Was The Most Satisfying Job You Had?
Answer this question carefully. The reason for satisfaction at a prior job should be relevant to the desired position. Although reasons such as helping others or seeking more responsibility are good, it is best to make answers as specific as possible.

7. What Are Your Weaknesses?
Employers often ask this to determine if people know how to objectively view and improve themselves. Monster recommends turning weaknesses into strengths in ways such as saying that personal communication improvement is always a goal rather than simply stating communication as a weakness.

8. What Positive Things Would Your Last Boss Say About You?
Think about these ahead of time, and make the answers relevant to the desired position. If possible, bring old positive performance reviews.

9. What Are Your Salary Requirements?
Research the position in advance to determine a fair salary based on similar positions for people with similar experience in the area. Ask the employer what they recommend as a typical starting salary for people with a similar background.

10. If You Were An Animal, What Would You Be?
This psychological question is used to determine personality and work tactics. Think about the characteristics of an animal and which types best fit the desired position.

Prepare by having the answers to these questions ready. Practice answering them beforehand, and learn about the company itself before stepping into the interviewer's office.