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Interview anxiety – you know the symptoms. Wet palms, weak knees, and awkwardness. Hello, I forgot what my name is or where I am. Getting nervous before an interview is common. But there’s a way to cope. Ready? Know how you’re going to answer the interviewer’s questions beforehand.

Okay, fine. But I’m not a psychic. How do I know what they’ll ask me? Good news. Recruiters ask the same list of job interview questions at almost every interview. Plus, they’re expecting to hear specific answers.

So, we’ve put together a complete guide of the most common job interview questions with answers for you. You’ll never have to worry about how to answer a strengths and weaknesses question again! You won’t have to think twice when the hiring manager asks, “Why should we hire you?” We’ve got the answers you need to ace your interview and land your dream job. Enjoy!

Here’s the Top 10 Most Common Interview Questions and Answers

#1 – Tell Me About Yourself

Applying for a job at McDonald’s? The interviewer will ask you to talk about yourself. Applying for a job at Goldman Sachs? Same thing.

It’s universal, and it’s difficult to provide a satisfactory answer. Alternative Versions of Typical Interview Questions

Describe yourself in three words.  What are they actually asking? Tell me about your professional self and how you would fit in with the company. It’s a two-part, general interview question. Who are you as a professional? What makes you a good fit?

Your Three-part Answer (Example Based on Answers to Job Interview Questions for Graphic Designers)

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Part One – Your Professional Persona

I am a graphic designer with five years of experience in the fashion industry.

It’s good to tell the interviewer how long you’ve been working and for whom. You’re providing lots of information. How much experience you have. What kind of work environments you’ve experienced. What industry knowledge you might have.

Part Two – What Makes you Stand Out (2-4 points)

I am a team leader and coordinate the work of small groups of graphic designers and copywriters (between 3-5 people). I am diligent about keeping up with the latest technology and design trends. That’s why my boss chose me to spearhead our global re-branding initiative.

Here you will want to tailor your answers to the job interview question. Mention accomplishments and skills that you know are relevant and valuable. Where do you find that information? Read the job offer and research the company and people with similar positions.

Part Three – Why You’re Going to Fit

While I enjoyed my previous work, it’s a dream of mine to work for your company. I admire the work you do, especially the XYZ project and the ABC project. I would like to be a part of projects like these.

Notice how the interviewee listed two of the company’s projects. The interviewee has done their homework and is familiar with the business. That tells the interviewer that this person is in tune with the company’s goals and needs.

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The story of your life

Well, I was born in 1983 to Presbyterian parents in Indianapolis, Indiana. I am the second of three children. We lived in a large two-storey house with a yard, and we had a Jack Russell Terrier named Spot. When I was three, I was magnificent at coloring. I never went outside the lines in my coloring books. And that brings me to why I’m a graphic designer and want a job at your company.

You are not interviewing with your biographer, and you are not on a date. While this classic job interview question is intentionally vague, the context is not. It’s a job interview – talk about the job!

When someone asks you to tell them about yourself, you’ve been given a golden opportunity to communicate your well-rehearsed personal brand positioning statement. Keep it short (2-3 sentences), make it memorable, and generate chemistry. Give them a feel for what you’re like to work with, and how well you’ll fit their company culture.

Here’s some sample interview questions for you to ask the interviewer:

  • Can you tell me about the job?
  • What does a typical day look like at the company?
  • What kind of tasks will be my primary concern?

Pro Tip: If you’ve worked for a prestigious or well-known company, you can name drop during this job interview question. “I used to work for Coca-Cola.” You will impress the interviewer, and they will think that you must be good if you worked for a big, fancy company.

#2 – Why Should We Hire You?

For the most part, the whole interview is about this question. Everything you say during your job interview should explain why the company should hire you. The recruiter may also ask you this standard job interview question point blank.

Alternative Versions of Typical Interview Questions

  • Why are you the right candidate for the job?’
  • What makes you the best choice for the position?
  • What value would you bring to the job?

What are they actually asking?

  • Are you the best person for the job?

The interviewer wants to know that you’re the most talented candidate and the best fit. They also want to make sure you’re the right investment.

Your Answer (Example Based on Answers to Job Interview Questions for Teachers)

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Your top achievements and successes tailored to match the job requirements.

I have years of experience balancing core curriculum requirements. Test scores increase and students gain an appreciation for the subject matter. I also have a track record coordinating large projects with other members of staff. During my second year of teaching, we established an annual fundraising event. The event brings in enough money each year to fund equipment for the school’s labs.

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A list of random strengths that you recite off the top of your head.

I have good people skills, and I work well with others. I’m good at motivating the children to learn. I’ve got some experience working with children with special needs. I have experience preparing the curriculum. Yeah.