The Top 10 Job Interview Questions (and How to Answer!)

So you think you have an interview coming up and you want to know what job interview questions they might ask and how to answer interviewthem. Well you came to the right place! We know a little bit about job interview questions and answers and we are happy to share! But, the reason you might be interviewing matters.

Reasons you need to know interview questions and answers

There are only a few reasons you would need to know this info. The first is you have a job interview coming up.

If so, congratulations!

If you are just anticipating one it could mean you need to know what to do after losing a job or how to get a promotion at work fast. There are a few more things that go into those situations, and if they describe you, you should really take a look at those resources as well.

This could be your first time searching for a job. If it is, take a look at these articles to help with all the stuff that comes with a maiden job search. They will teach you the best way to find a job with no experience and how to make a resume for first job

Now, onto your interview.

Body Language

Body language during an interview is huge!

Lots of people want to know what to say during their interview, but the way you sit, what you do with your arms and how your face looks can be just as important. Make sure you are doing the right things while you are saying the right things.

This chart is straight out of our Get Hired course.

Do Don’t
Keep hands in front of body Fold your arms
Lean into questions Rest arms on desk
Use small, occasional mannerisms while you speak Wave hands wildly every time yo answer
Shake every persons hand in the room Get in their bubble (Keep two feet between you and them.)
Sit up straight Slouch
Smile naturally after you answer a question Smile oddly when they ask questions.
Do Don’t

Appearance and Hygiene

Well this is awkward! Here’s the deal, do not leave any stone unturned! Get clean from that weird crease behind your ears to every gap between your toes, (and everywhere in between!)

You’ll want to floss, clean out your ears, wipe the crust out of your eyes, shave, trim the nose and ear hair and whatever you do, make sure your breath and body does not offend!

Don’t bath in cologne before you leave either. Just be clean and groomed.

You will want to do this for two reasons.

1.They don’t want to smell you more than they here you.

2.You don’t want to worry about it during your interview.

Clothes

Despite what you may hear, read or think, there is no dress code for job interviews. I personally have been offered 6-figure jobs wearing jeans and a cotton shirt during my interview. So if there is no dress code, how do you know what to wear?

Use this rule, how would a person in the position for which you are applying, dress for an important meeting?suit-portrait-preparation-wedding

Not everyone wears suits and ties to meetings, but most people dress up. So, if you can attend a meeting, find a picture online of a meeting, watch a live streaming of a meeting or any other covert manner of spying on a meeting, you will get a great sense of what to wear during your interview.

Perhaps a suit and tie is right, but I have watched people lose jobs because they wore a suit and tie to the interview.

Don’t guess. If you dress the part, you will fit in as soon as you walk through the door.

This article may help you decide.

 

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The devil is in the details. You may not think your shoelaces matter. But if one breaks and you can’t keep your foot inside your nicely polished shoe, it will matter. Take a look at things like shoelaces, belt loops, buttons and seams.

Spend some time on your hairlines, take a look at the inside of your collar. Is it dingy? You probably don’t need to spend a bunch of money on new clothes, but replacing an old shirt with a $20 off the shelfer from the box store and a new set of shoelaces could get you a job.

Job interview questions

So on to the good part!

These are the top 10 most common job interview questions asked. Most interviewers are wearing many hats. They aren’t usually strictly interviewers for the company. They usually don’t have, or aren’t given the time to develop great questions, so they use what they know or what they can look up, and these are those questions.

1. Tell us about yourself.

2. Why do you want this job?

3. Why should we hire you?

4. Where do you see yourself in three years?

5. Why are you leaving your current job or why were you fired?

6. In what type of work environment to excel?

7. How would others describe you?

8. Why is there a gap in your employment?

9. What would you do if you saw a co-worker breaking a rule?

10. Do you have any questions?

cup-1613315_1280How to answer

So how should you answer?

There are five parts to every good answer.

  1. The beginning
  2. The answer
  3. The situation
  4. The outcome
  5. The end.

I know it sounds like a lot but two of them are simple, and this first one is the easiest of them all.

The beginning

The beginning of any answer, to any question in a job interview is always the same. It is a deep breath in.

This is huge! 

Not only does it give you a little time to think of your answer, but it also oxygenates your blood and brain, and gives you a full breath of air for the upcoming answer.

Remember, always start every answer with a breath in. You’ll be amazed at the calmness and ideas that come over you.

The answer

The answer is as short as possible, preferably one word. Yes, no, 2016 are all examples of answers to questions. Let’s use a real question from list of the most common questions.

Why do you want this job?

The answer, the one word answer to this would be something like, stability, culture, future, leadership, or opportunity. These are your answers to each question. It may take some work to come up with a one word answer to each one, but it is vital.

The situation

The situation is a short explanation that supports your answer. It should typically be a sentence or two. Again let’s use a real example from the list.

 In what type of work environment do you excel?

Perhaps your answer is “A team environment.” If that is the case then a good situation to follow it up may be, “I have always found value in the help and input from others,” or, “I think a team is an example of a sum that is greater than it’s parts.”

The situation is the why, how or what of your answer. It needs to be very clear and in line with your answer.

The outcome

This is the finale of your answer. It is the bow on your awesome answer package. Here is a real word example from our list.

What would you do if you saw a co-worker breaking a rule?

Using our method you would 1. take a breath, 2. offer your answer. Perhaps your answer is, “Report it.” Then maybe 3. the situation is, “I work with specific moral boundaries.” Then you need to wrap it up with the 4. outcome, which may be, “It is a standard that has really served me well in my career.”

The end

This part is crucial! It is one of the most common problems I see and will make the difference between you appearing confident or awkward. After your outcome you have to end. Don’t finish with the words, “So anyway,” or, “but. . .” Just put your lips together, smile at the completeness of your answer and stop talking!

Many interviewers will build in extended silence during the end of each answer, just to see how you react. The trick is, not to. Smile, look directly at the interviewer and wait. Don’t worry, they’ll come around!

I hope these job interview questions and answers will help you nail your next interview and land your dream job. You deserve to love your work. The more you prepare, the more likely you are to win your interview.

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