Common Interview Questions That Will Help You Prepare For That Killer Job!


Common Interview Questions

What are some of the most common interview questions?

What are your long and/or short-range goals?

With any interview question you need to be prepared to turn that question into a sales pitch on yourself?

After all you are selling yourself to that company! Don't forget that!

Be realistic, but don't be shy or modest!

So, for the above most common interview questions let's turn it into something amazing that will sell you to them!

Preparing For Those Common Interview Questions

Let's first look at the answer to our short-range goal.

The answer that you come up with (I will provide some example answers in a moment) must benefit the company! It must not be a selfish answer. i.e., one that benefits only you!

It also shouldn't be so generic that it carries absolutely no weight!

If you are in sales it must be a realist answer that will benefit the company! It also should indicate that you want to be a long-term employee of this company in some capacity.

So your answer may sound something like this;

After researching this company, I know that it produces one of the best Widgets in the country. I want to learn as much as possible about the products and your sales team so that I can contribute as quickly as possible. If I am allowed, I want to learn everything there is to learn about it so that I can answer any question that a potential customer may have. I believe this more than anything makes a great sales person!

So as one of the most common interview questions, now you have a potential answer if you are in sales.

Use this same logic in any other field that you are in.

The logic in this case is studying and learning your job so that you can contribute quickly. It could be learning a new machine, vehicle, tool, or computer software. Whatever it is you are going to dedicate yourself to learning it quickly and thoroughly to benefit the company.

If it's a long-range goal then turn that answer into one that still benefits the company.

Typically, that may involve some type of promotion/advancement!

Don't get over anxious on this however! If you're starting in an entry level position you are not going to set your sites on the Vice President of Operations in the next five years!

So, let's answer this question using the sales position above as an example;

My long-range goal is to remain with this company hopefully learning as much as I can from the successes of my supervisor. When the company feels I am ready I would like to potentially get into a leadership position! I really want to be a long-term member of this company!

Now I know that these are generic answers to some of the most common interview questions but the point is that you must present your answer in a way that will benefit the company. If not, you will be overlooked!

What are some of the other most common interview questions?

Why do you want to work for this company?

With this question it will give you a chance to really show that you have done your homework!

I can hear you asking now, "What Homework?"

Researching the company!

You would be very wise to research the company thoroughly prior to going into your interview! If there is one thing a company likes to hear is how great they are! Now I am not suggesting that you blow smoke up somewhere where the sun doesn't shine. What I am suggesting is you learn as much about the company as possible!

If they have a Website, go there and read all about them!

Know who the owner or CEO is!

Find out what their annual sales numbers are!

Find out who their customers are!

Do they have any other branches under the same company name?

Do they have any company philosophies?

What is their reputation in the industry?

In other words, be ready for one of the most common interview questions there is "Why do you want to work for this company?"

You will stand out head and shoulders from the other people interviewing if you can show you have done your homework thoroughly! Know the company!

The most common interview questions are always looking for much more than a "Yes" or "No" answer!

If you give them a "Yes" or "No" answer you are missing the mark!

Every answer should be presented in a way that benefits the company somehow!

As an example, if they ask about your attendance record.

Don't answer that, "It's good!"

Present your answer something like this, of course only if it is true;

1 have only taken two sick days in the last year! I know how important it is to the entire team that everyone shows up to work when they are scheduled. I really pride myself on my attendance record.

If the company is asking about your attendance record it is because they have a problem with employees taking unscheduled time off!

Be honest but give them more than "I have a great attendance record!" Let them know that you understand their frustration with people not showing up for work when scheduled! Connect with them!

I have been in a leadership role for more than thirty-five years and feel confident I know what an employer is looking for in a potential employee. I have interviewed people for housekeepers and engineers, and the answers are still the same! We want someone that will bring value to the company!

Thank you and may God bless you!

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Don't get over anxious on this however! If you're starting in an entry level position you are not going to set your sites on the Vice President of Operations in the next five years!

So, let's answer this question using the sales position above as an example;

My long-range goal is to remain with this company hopefully learning as much as I can from the successes of my supervisor. When the company feels I am ready I would like to potentially get into a leadership position! I really want to be a long-term member of this company!

Now I know that these are generic answers to some of the most common interview questions but the point is that you must present your answer in a way that will benefit the company. If not, you will be overlooked!

What are some of the other most common interview questions?

Why do you want to work for this company?

With this question it will give you a chance to really show that you have done your homework!

I can hear you asking now, "What Homework?"

Researching the company!

You would be very wise to research the company thoroughly prior to going into your interview! If there is one thing a company likes to hear is how great they are! Now I am not suggesting that you blow smoke up somewhere where the sun doesn't shine. What I am suggesting is you learn as much about the company as possible!

If they have a Website, go there and read all about them!

Know who the owner or CEO is!

Find out what their annual sales numbers are!

Find out who their customers are!

Do they have any other branches under the same company name?

Do they have any company philosophies?

What is their reputation in the industry?

Getting the Job Job Interview

In other words, be ready for one of the most common interview questions there is "Why do you want to work for this company?"

You will stand out head and shoulders from the other people interviewing if you can show you have done your homework thoroughly! Know the company!

The most common interview questions are always looking for much more than a "Yes" or "No" answer!

If you give them a "Yes" or "No" answer you are missing the mark!

Every answer should be presented in a way that benefits the company somehow!

As an example, if they ask about your attendance record.

Don't answer that, "It's good!"

Present your answer something like this, of course only if it is true;

1 have only taken two sick days in the last year! I know how important it is to the entire team that everyone shows up to work when they are scheduled. I really pride myself on my attendance record.

If the company is asking about your attendance record it is because they have a problem with employees taking unscheduled time off!

Be honest but give them more than "I have a great attendance record!" Let them know that you understand their frustration with people not showing up for work when scheduled! Connect with them!

I have been in a leadership role for more than thirty-five years and feel confident I know what an employer is looking for in a potential employee. I have interviewed people for housekeepers and engineers, and the answers are still the same! We want someone that will bring value to the company!

Thank you and may God bless you!



Common Interview Questions - Tell us about a time...

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On the surface this doesn't sound like one of those common interview questions! However, you better be able to answer this type of question in a way that will directly tie your previous experience to the position you are applying for. If not, you could be just going through an exercise that will just be wasting everyone's time. The following is a Very Common Interview Question that is generally asked at the very beginning of the Job Interview.

Common Interview Questions That Will Lead to The Right Candidate

Some Examples of Revealing Interviewing Questions:

1.    What's more important being successful or telling the truth, and why?

2.    What does it mean to you to treat people fairly, and why?

3.    How do you like to receive constructive criticism, and why?

4.    Please provide an example of a time you didn't agree with your supervisor, and what did you do?

5.    Please provide an example of a time you disagreed with a fellow coworker and what did you do?

These particular questions will tell a lot about who you are and how you can articulate your life experience into what they are looking for. With a question like this if you give them too much detail you eventually be putting them to sleep, while too little information tells them that you are under qualified. They want you to tell them a story of where you have come from and what led you to this interview. It is a fine balance of just the right amount of information.

Common Interview Questions - Convince them that you didn't lie!

Again, although this does not sound like one of those common questions it may just sink your ship if you fail to layout your background and experience in a way that fits right into the position you are applying for. You may wonder why an employer would ask a question like this. You must be thinking that they must not have read your resume or application very well if they need to ask a question that you provided all the information to them prior to the job interview. You must understand that some people have other people complete their resumes or applications. I know this may come as a complete shock but some people will actually lie on either their resume or application.

As someone that has conducted hundreds of job interviews, I can tell immediately when a story begins to sound like a huge lie. They are either very vague about the subject with no details, or they begin looking down a lot while shifting in their seat. So, if you are giving them your educational background tie it into something that lets them know you went there. Be creative and upbeat! Don't just regurgitate your resume to them. Take them on a professional adventure. This is a way to connect with the person(s) interviewing you.


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Common Interview Questions - Never put down your previous or current employer!

While you are taking them on that professional adventure make sure that you never ever put down or criticize your current of previous employer. There is nothing worse in the world than doing this. The immediate message that is sent to whomever is conducting the job interview is that you will talk out of school. You may have all the reason in the world to criticize them, but do not go there! It will be to your demise if you do!

Thank you and May God Bless You!

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