The better you prepare for a job interview, the more confident you will appear. Here are three common open-ended questions you may be asked…along with replies recommended by interviewing skills training experts:
- What is your greatest weakness? To say that you have none is disingenuous and you will lose points with the interviewer. Think honestly of a trait that you need to improve. Show that you can take constructive feedback and also the responsibility for working on your weakness. Be open and confident, but be brief.
- Would you please tell me about yourself? Do not embark upon a lengthy personal history. This is an opportunity for you to bring your most important and relevant accomplishments to light. Stay on track. Focus on what will interest the interviewer and what will show that you are qualified for the specific job at hand.
- Why did you leave your last job? Keep this positive. Perhaps you are looking for more responsibility. Be honest but avoid talking about any unresolved conflict or bad blood. The interviewer is looking for a candidate who will fit in, not create dissent.