Interview Tips: Common Interview Questions and Answers

FindWRK Team

Categories: Interview Tips

September 13, 2022

Perhaps the most powerful piece of advice for anyone attending a job interview is to prepare ahead of time as it is a vital component of the interview process. As the saying goes, ‘if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.’ While you may not have a crystal ball to predict the future, you can successfully prepare for common interview questions and answers.

For example, every interview scenario is likely to include some version of the age-old question: “Tell me about yourself.” How you answer this and other common interview questions and answers will ultimately determine your suitability for the position. It is important to stand out in the crowd so you can wow the interviewer and land the job.

Ready to land that dream job? Be your best self with these expert interview tips.

Common Interview Questions and Answers

1. Could you tell me a little bit about yourself and describe your professional background? 

  • Remember to keep it brief and share relevant information about your education and professional history.

  • Anchor your stories within the scope of the job position and be sure to connect it to your personal and past experiences

  • Rehearse your story in advance. Every great story is equal parts beginning, middle, and end. Start strong and leave them wanting more!

  • Explain how your background applies directly to the job. Be specific and include examples. 

2. What is your biggest weakness?

  • Tell the truth but choose a weakness that you’re already working on and trying to improve. Be specific!

  • Describe the steps you’re taking to address the problem.

  • Identify any progress that you’ve made and share acknowledgements from others. For instance a copywriter that stayed up late ruminating about criticism however, they then took steps to question their thoughts through journaling and meditation.

3. How do you deal with stressful situations/ workplace conflict?

  • Emphasize respect for colleagues and grace under fire.

  • Provide a personal example of a time when you remained calm during crisis. 

  • Identify any steps you’re taking to improve stress management/conflict resolution. Be specific and honest. It's as important for a future employer to know your liabilities, as it is for you to investigate the liabilities of the role so there isn't an unexpected misalignment. It also helps you talk through how you want to approach your next role and how you envision it.

4. What makes you the best candidate for this job?

  • Share any relevant  soft skills that may not appear on your resume. 

  • Detail an experience where you displayed a soft skill in the workplace, e.g., emotional intelligence, empathy, etc. Use it as an opportunity to emphasize why you believe the role is best represented by a healthy balance of soft skills and hard skills.

  • Demonstrate how your unique skillset matches the job requirements. 

5. Do you have any questions for me?

  • Always answer, “Yes”

  • Prepare a list of questions in advance.

  • It can be really useful to inquire more about the person who is interviewing you. It shows interest, gives you a better sense of company culture, and helps you gauge their happiness and satisfaction, so that you can make an educated decision about fit.

The Takeaway 

Job interviews are a powerful recruitment tool that helps employers to find the right candidate. Brushing up on common interview questions and answers can certainly increase your odds of landing the job. FindWRK is a unique alternative to job recruitment and it benefits workers as well as employers.

Unlike other employment sites, FindWRK enables a match between talented workers and suitable employers – the right person for the right job. Rather than applying for a position and awaiting response, interested employers will actually reach out to workers with job opportunities. That’s right! The employer initiates first contact. 

While interviews may be part of the overall process, two-way communication is a key factor in determining goodness of fit. After all, a successful working relationship is mutually beneficial to both parties. Sound enticing? Here’s how it works:

  • Create a personal profile and upload your skills

  • Set working radius to your desired geographical location

  • Wait for employers to reach out with job opportunities 

  • Find the right fit and start working!

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Check out some bonus resources on 10 Common Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them from the Harvard Business Review and How to Answer the 7 Most Important Job Interview Questions from Forbes.