Typical Job Interview Questions


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By: Jimmy Sweeney

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Secrets To Answering Typical Job Interview Questions

Over time, the typical job interview questions change and evolve. Part of this change comes from a greater understanding of the search for talent in the job marketplace, and how to best identify qualified employees. Other aspects of this change are driven by the job seekers themselves. When a new question is added to the typical job interview question list, it initially elicits a natural and unrehearsed response from interviewees. But after it has been around a while, job seekers begin to create responses to that question ahead of time. When this happens, the question is not as useful to the interviewer anymore and it must be replaced by another question.

For instance typical job interview questions like “where do you see your career in five years?” and “what would you say that your strong points are and your weak points are?” are falling out of use. Candidates have discovered how to answer these questions in the way that they believe that the interviewer wants to hear, instead of expressing useful information. For instance, in the case of the “weakest points” question, savvy interviewees will say something that is really strength, like saying that they feel that they are perfectionists, or that they devote themselves too wholeheartedly to their jobs.

The New Typical Job Interview Questions

Today’s typical job interview questions seek to determine how you will act in specific situations by learning how you have acted in those situations during your previous jobs. As a result, they will describe a specific scenario or case to you and ask for you to describe your behavior in that scenario in the past. As a result, this kind of job interview question is called behavioral interviewing. These questions are easy to identify because they ask for you to remember a specific incident and give the interviewer a description of how you handled or behaved in that incident.

A typical job interview question that fits this category would ask you something like the following: “No matter how hard we try, working with the public, we are always going to be exposed to customers who are unhappy either with us or the company. Can you tell me about a specific time when you had to deal with an angry customer?” When you are given this kind of question answer it in terms of a situation, your actions and the results you achieved. Ideally, you will have done enough research about the company ahead of time to know what the company is looking for in an employee. This information will help you to both predict the kinds of behavioral questions you will be asked and what response will be the most valued.





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