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Common Interview Questions and What NOT to Ask

Going through an interview is something we will all experience in our lifetime - no matter the industry or position. A job interview is an important step for both the interviewee and interviewer; it gives an interviewer a chance to hire only the best for the company and it allows the interviewee to make an outstanding first impression. This meeting is a crucial step in showing your future employer what skills you have, what your talents are and what experience you have in the industry.

Every job interview is different, but the best way to prepare for it is to practice your responses to these common interview questions:

  • Talk about yourself. What is your background (educational and work history)?

  • What are your strengths?

  • What are your weaknesses?

  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?

  • Describe an accomplishment you are proud of.

  • Talk about a time you made a mistake.

  • How have you handled a difficult situation?

  • What are your salary requirements?

  • How would you handle an angry or unhappy customer?

  • How do you handle pressure?

  • Describe your leadership skills.

  • What questions do you have for me?

Practice with a friend, family member, significant other or even in front of a mirror to make a lasting impression.

Discussing money is uncomfortable for some, so if the hourly pay or salary isn’t brought up by the interviewer, it may come off the wrong way. It’s all about the timing when discussing pay.

Interviewers, recruiters and hiring managers look for people who want to work for their company, so if you’re not prepared and ask the following questions, chances are you won’t be getting a call back:

  • What does the company do?

  • (If products are sold) Where are the products sold?

  • Would I have to do that [insert responsibility] if I get the job?

  • Are there other positions available?

The interviewer, recruiter or hiring manager are bound to discuss certain housekeeping rules such as time off, benefits or hours during the interview, but if they aren’t brought up, it’s recommended to not ask the following questions:

  • What are the benefits of this position?

  • How much vacation do I get?

  • What are the expected hours?

By following these simple tips, you’ll ace your next interview and land the position you applied for! Join the conversation on Twitter with us @StudioBrandC

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