There are a lot of interview questions that you could potentially prepare for. There are a lot of things you could overthink and reach ‘paralysis by analysis’ and not really be prepared because you're so overwhelmed. Here we offer some of the most common important interview questions, the really critical ones to nail, and some tips for people to give great answers?

The one that most recruiters ask is "Tell me about your background," and that ties back into that STAR method and highlighting projects where you've made accomplishments. The important thing here is to know your background, know yourself and not just read from your resume verbatim

Another question is, what drives and motivates you to succeed? We want to know as part of the hiring team what your career goals and what your aspirations are. Companies want quality employees, they want folks that will learn new skills and grow with the company so when you answer this question think about new areas that you want to learn or goals that you want to accomplish.

PB2A8519_Heritage-1One of the worst answers that recruiters hear to this question is “I want to be a director in five years.”  That's a great goal to have but what actions are you going to take to get there? That is what the team is going to be looking for when you're defining this question and it's super critical to getting a job.

Another question is what are your biggest strengths and weaknesses? When you look at your biggest strengths, it's not just going to be just a list of positive adjectives that describe you. You need to back them up with examples. So are you a dedicated employee, maybe give me an example of a project where you had to work overtime or maybe wear many hats to get things done. Backing up those adjectives with an example is really what the team is going to be looking for. So, on the weaknesses side, you don't want to just list negative aspects of your personality.

The key is to give an example of something that you have learned from in the past. So let's say, I'm a perfectionist and part of that to me is feeling the need to do things all on my own. But over time, I learned to be more balanced, I learned to delegate work and collaborate better with my peers. So the important thing is to spin that negative into a positive. But in general, your interview questions are going to be focused more on the skills required to do a job. So make sure that you thoroughly checked out that job description. Understand the key skills that that company is looking for and be prepared to give examples of how you fit into that.

Being prepared will break that nervous cycle and anxiety that goes along with an interview. Channel that energy into a positive mindset and it absolutely will shine. Don't forget that you have power as well and interviews are a two-way street. You want to make sure that that company aligns with your values and offers you meaningful work as well. So don't forget that you have that power, go in with confidence and you absolutely will nail that interview.

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