Interview questions are difficult to decipher. According to Business Insider who interviewed Richard N. Bolles, author of “What Color Is Your Parachute? 2014 Edition: A Practical Manual for Job-Decoding Your Interview | What are Interviewers Really Asking You?Su Hunters and Career-Changers” employers are not interested solely in a candidate’s past. Questions that refer to the past are most often posed to predict future behavior.

Preparation and research are the keys to success in interviews. When you apply for a position, research the company and identify your potential role. Read the company LinkedIn page and research other employees. This will reveal the type of skills the company looks for. Search for recent news and articles about the company and gather knowledge of the latest company strategies.

Here are some examples of two interview questions with an explanation of the real intended meaning and the appropriate response.

Why do you want to work for this company?

This question is designed to see if you are a good fit for the organization. Find a unique reason that will set you apart from others. For example, link a recent company project with your professional goals, interests, or experience.

Tell me about yourself?

This may be the most common interview question. The interviewer is giving you an opportunity to wow them with a short review of your strengths, not a detailed life history. The interviewer wants to see what you make of the opportunity to sell yourself.

Another key to identifying the best responses is to know who your interviewers will be and to put yourself in their shoes. For example, a supervisor will typically seek a self-starter who will perform without constant supervision. A department director will be attracted to an individual who fits with the corporate culture and with whom they may connect on a more intangible level, such as innovation or ambition. A co-worker will want to know that you are easy to work with and that your expectations for the future will not step on their own career goals.

Armed with the right information you can be confident that you will respond correctly to challenging questions. For additional information and resources on how to ace your next interview, partner with PrideStaff. Let our team of skilled recruiters assist you with your next job search!

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