The most frequently asked questions by interviewers: how do you answer them successfully? (Part 1)

Those of you who have been to several job interviews will know by now that interviewers tend to have a number of favorite questions that they use to compare profiles and come up with the best candidate.

We’ve put together three articles to help you tackle this kind of situation, come up with the right answers to these classic interview questions and come through with flying colors.

This first article looks at the questions that attempt to find out what the candidate is like.

What are your weaknesses?

A word of advice: don’t launch into a long list of your personal weak points. Keep calm and pick out two of them that best lend themselves to be turned into positive qualities for the job for which you’re being interviewed.

What are your strengths?

This is the ideal moment to highlight the things that set you apart from the crowd. Seize the potential that this question holds and focus on four or five of your personal qualities that are best suited for the job.

Do you consider yourself a successful person?

Don’t hesitate: the answer is a resounding “yes”. Being successful doesn’t mean being a control freak. Tell the interviewer about some of your main academic and professional achievements.

Why do you think you are the best candidate?

Careful, you’re not being asked for your strong points (although it’s a good moment to underline them). Start by pointing out why your training makes you the best person for the job. Be enthusiastic; show the interviewer that you really want the job. Moderate enthusiasm goes a long way. Avoid, however, comparing yourself to other candidates: concentrate on bringing out the best in you.

What do you know about this company?

Be sure to do your homework before you turn up for the interview. Browse the company’s website and gather a bit of general information—e.g. what it does, annual turnover, or where it operates—as well as specific details on the post you want. After all, the interviewer wants to know why you want to join the company. Show him that you’re totally clear in your mind.

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