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How to Answer Most Common Interview Questions

Mar 10, 2008
Some questions may be difficult to answer if you come across them for the first time without preparation. Make sure you rehearse answers for some of the common questions so that you can get through successfully.

The following tips are some of the ways to answer the most common interview questions:

-Introduce yourself: This is one of the most common questions at almost every interview. Although it may appear to be easy, people often get confused about their own skills, state irrelevant skills, or forget important information which reflects that the person is not confident. While answering this question, make sure that you mention some basic information like your work or your skills if you are already working with any organization. Tell the interviewer about training you have had. Ensure you do not talk about your personal life, especially your religious or political beliefs.

-What makes you willing to work with our organization: Many times, interviewer wants to check your willingness to work with the company. Therefore, it is important to gather as much information as you can about the company. It helps you present your willingness to work with the organization confidently. Try to find out the type of business and the support required. Collect information about their core values, competitors, and customers. If possible, contact employees and find out what they like the most about working in the company. It is important not to give a short and canned answer, so prepare something intelligent before the interview.

-Why do you want to switch to another job? This is the most important question, and needs to be answered diplomatically. Try not to say anything like "better opportunities" or "more money." This makes the interviewer think that you might leave the job if you get another job better than theirs. Try to be positive as much as you can and stay honest. Do not criticize your work or your current employer as much as possible. Make sure that you do not divulge any details about your current employer - that can be against corporate ethics. By far, the best answer is that you wanted to grow in your profession, but your present company could not provide the opportunity.

-Describe your idea of a perfect working environment: Many times, your working environment may not be your idea of the perfect working culture. This is one of the trickiest questions. It will be a good option to say that you are capable of working in any environment. This will also convince the employer that you have worked to the best of your capacity in your previous job. Knowledge about the working culture of the new company where you want to shift will help you to get an edge over other applicants.
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Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for professional six sigma certifications such as, lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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