Ace your Job Interview: Guide to Typical Interview Questions

You can wear the nicest clothes and have the highest GPA in your online school, but if you tense up and fub even the most "generic" interview questions, you could hinder your chances of landing your dream job. The best way to truly prepare for an interview is to rehearse your responses to questions typically asked in just about every interview. Continue reading to discover what those typical interview questions are.

Whether the question is asked verbatim or phrased in some other way, employers will asks almost 100 percent of the time "Why do you want to work here?" Employers ask this question because they want to be assured that you really want to work there, not just because you are looking for any job. They want to hire someone who will be passionate about what they do because they are truly excited about working there—not someone who is using the job as a filler until something better comes along. A good way to show your dedication and commitment is to do some research on the company so you know exactly what it is that the company does and formulate a little speech about how your skills are needed in the company or how you want to work for a company that won "x" amount of awards for example.

In addition, employers will typically ask, "What makes you different from the other applicants?" If you are a new graduate, this is the portion of the interview where you can stress how being fresh out of online school puts you at a more advantage—you are up to date with the latest education and practices in your field/industry. In addition the online format molded you into an independent, self-sufficient worker and you have a knack for computer-basics.

Employers will also undoubtedly ask, "What are your weaknesses?" Typically interviewees will say something more along the lines of "my weakness is that I’m a perfectionist or I work too hard." While these responses may have been effective in the past, employers aren’t impressed with do-gooder responses. Instead, truly highlight your weaknesses and be honest, but do so in a way that it doesn’t jeopardize your chances of getting the job. For example, if you are applying for an accountant position, don’t say math is your weakness. But if you are applying to be a writer, and math is your weakness, at least put a spin on it and stress how you are planning on correcting your weakness.

Lastly, employers will ask you towards the end of the interview, "do you have any questions for us?" The biggest mistake you can possibly do is respond with a "no" and get up leave. Always have questions prepared. It doesn’t matter if you ask about how many people work within the company, about benefits, if you’re asking how normal-business days are executed or if you are asking the employer how long he or she has worked at the particular company, always have questions. This will show employers once more that you are serious about working there and that you actually care.

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