Acing Your Interview Questions

Why hello, how nice to meet you.

Interviews can be scary. You can be the most confident person in the world, but the second you sit down across from some big scary boss, that changes in a flash. Next time you go in for your dream interview, don’t worry about not being able to answer the tough questions. We have them right here!

Here are the most common questions you’re just dying to answer:

Tell me about yourself. 

It sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. It is until you’re put on the spot. What to tell and what not to tell, that is the question. The key is to be smart about your answer and avoid spitting out anything that makes you sound like someone who would make a horrible employee.

Do: Tell them your hobbies, your work-ethic, and your interests that pertain to the position you’re applying for.

Don’t: Tell them how you like partying every night of the week and like being lazy and watching TV all day.

What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?

Everyone has challenges in life, especially when it comes to challenges at the workplace. Sometimes it’s just hard to think of something relatable.

Do: Try and come up with a challenge ahead of time that can show your potential employer that you can actually solve a problem you’re faced with and handle it without freaking out.

Don’t: Tell them how you got over your ex by eating a whole tub of Ben & Jerry’s.

What is your greatest weakness? 

This is everyone’s favorite most-hated question. Ever. Everyone says you have to make your negative a positive, so that’s what we’re going to do.

Do: Tell them something that is overall pretty dang good. Example from “I like to make sure that my work is perfect, so I tend to perhaps spend a little too much time checking it. However, I’ve come to a good balance by setting up a system to ensure everything is done correctly the first time.”

Don’t: Tell them your actual weaknesses. Example: “I’m not very organized so I always lose everything.” Durrrrr.

What other questions have you been asked that were a struggle at the time?


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One Response to Acing Your Interview Questions

  1. Anonymous says:

    Having interviewed hundreds of people, I can tell you that there's nothing more repulsive than the whole “my negative is really a positive” answer. I can't tell you how many times I had to sit through, “I just care WAY too much,” and even “I have to show up at least 15 minutes early to everything, and my friends think that is SO annoying!” I'd rather hear someone's honest assessment of their weakness (and how they handle it) than listen to someone go on and on with what they think I want to hear. Tushie-kissing is the worst.

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