Whether you are interviewing for a highly technical position requiring several years of experience or an entry-level position, there are some interview questions that you should always be prepared for.

Here are six common interview questions:

  • Why are you interested in this opportunity? Share what interests you about the role; don’t discuss the perks. Otherwise the interviewer will doubt your enthusiasm for the opportunity.
  • Why did you leave your last job? OR Why do you want to leave your current job? Do NOT discuss any conflicts or anything negative about your co-workers or boss. Instead, focus on the job. Are you looking for something more challenging? Are you looking for growth opportunities? There’s nothing wrong with being honest about why you want a new job, just avoid badmouthing anyone.
  • Why should we hire you? This is your chance to shine. Share your skills, your accomplishments and your experience – and align them to the job opportunity! Demonstrate that you took the time to really think about the job and why you are a fit. It will show your interviewer that you are serious about the opportunity.
  • What do you know about our company? Want the job? Research the company. Take notes; bring them to the interview. Going in to an interview knowing nothing about the business is a turnoff to hiring managers. If you are serious about the job, you should, at the very least, know something about the company.
  • What achievements are you most proud of? Prepare 1-3 accomplishments you are proud of and that you think might be relevant to the opportunity you are interviewing for or that might impress your interviewer. Make sure to be as specific as possible. (Measurable successes are best.)
  • What are your weaknesses? Answer honestly and avoid cliché responses like, “I am a perfectionist.” Come up with 1-3 behavioral weaknesses – interview-friendly weaknesses. Not weaknesses like, “I can’t meet deadlines.”  You don’t need to get too into detail on the weakness. And always be sure to follow up with what you are doing to improve upon that weakness.

Bonus: Tell me about yourself.  Though not technically a question, this is a common interview starter. Don’t share personal details. They want to know about you, the employee. Talk about your career, your experience and skills, and where you see yourself going. Put together a 45 second – 1 minute pitch and practice it.

Being ready for these common questions will help you feel more confident during your interview, which will in turn help you answer other “unexpected” questions with confidence.  So be sure to practice with a friend or family member.

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