“Tell me about yourself.”
This is often an ice-breaker question. Keep the answer job or skill related. The easiest way to answer is to discuss where you grew up, schooling and education and then your work history as it follows your resume.
“What do you know about the type of work we do?”
This is your chance to tell what you know from the research you completed ahead of time. The interviewer expects and wants to know how much you researched the company prior to the interview.
“What are your weaknesses?”
Always make this a positive answer. For example, “I am a perfectionist so I tend to over work on projects,” or “My spelling is not always perfect, so I always use a spell checker.”
“What are your strengths?”
Describe your skills in a way that will show you as a desirable employee for the company.
“Why did you leave each of your previous jobs?”
Answer with a positive statement. Try not to say: “I was fired,” “terminated,” “quit,” “had no babysitter,” or “couldn’t get along with coworkers or supervisor”. However, you can say: “new job,” “contract ended,” “seasonal,” “temporary,” “career change,” “returned to school,” to raise a family,” or “relocated.” Remember, most will check references so be absolutely truthful.
“What accomplishments are you most proud of and why?”
Emphasize what you saved, achieved or made at previous jobs. Or sometimes it is something personal and if so, tie it into how it will translate into success if hired.
“What three words would you use to describe yourself ? Explain your choices.” Select positive words such as “determined,” “competitive,” and “happy.”
“Tell me about a time when you had to go above and beyond to get a job done.”
Discuss working late or at home to get work done and doing something not expected but the customer or your boss.
“Tell me about a time you dealt with an angry or difficult customer and how you resolved the situation.”
Interviewer want to know you can handle difficult situations, think for yourself, and keep the customer happy.
“Where do you see yourself in five years?”
Be sure to explain that you will be working for that company and promoted to a higher position or that you will be their top salesmen.
“Why do you want to work for this company?”
Explain the reasons that caused you to apply. Do not say or in any way imply because you need a job.
“Why should we hire you?”
Make a positive statement, such as “I would like the opportunity to work with you and believe that I can do the work.” Also, try to connect previous job successes and how those will translate into making this company more money. Remember, the only reason a company hires and employs people is to make money and hopefully with your hire it will be more money.