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5 Commonly Asked Interview Questions

There are many resources on this site that can help you prepare for your interview, however if you only have a short period of time to get ready you might want to look at some of the most commonly asked interview questions.

The interview questions on this page are generic not specific, but it's safe to assume that in most cases you will get at least a few of them (or some version of them) in your interview.

5 Common Interview Questions

1. What are your strengths?

This question can be asked any number of different ways, but ultimately the interviewer wants to know what you feel your core abilities are.

Tips on Answering

Keep the list short, 3 maximum and provide specific examples that back up your strengths. Also try to think about the job you are applying for, and identify the core strenghts that would be required to be successful in that job, make sure to tie your strengths to the job requirements.

2. What are your weaknesses?

This type of question can be tricky if you don't prepare properly. The interviewer typically wants to know what you've learned from your past mistakes here, and how you go about addressing development areas.

Tips on Answering

Don't spend too much time going into detail on your weaknesses, instead focus on what you have done or are doing to overcome them. The key is to show the interviewer that you recognize your development areas and you are taking steps to resolve them.

3. Are you a team player?

Most work environments require you to work as part of a team. The interviewer needs to be comfortable that you have the interpersonal skills necessary to work constructively in a team environment.

Tips on Answering

This question won't typically be asked this bluntly, but will be couched in questions that try to get at your teamwork skills. Try to provide specific examples of where you have worked constructively with team members in the past. Focus on how you enjoy collaborating with others.

4. Do you have effective communication skills?

You can be the smartest person in the world, but if you don't have the ability to communicate your ideas odds are you won't be of much value to your prospective employer.

Tips on Answering

Give specific examples of your written and verbal communication skills. Perhaps you put together a written proposal, or perhaps you delivered a presentation that was well received. Make the interviewer feel comfortable that you have a broad range of communication skills.

5. Talk to me about your resume

Your resume gives the employer some background on your experience. Odds are the reason you are in the interview is because of something in your resume. It's almost a guarantee that you will be asked to talk about some of the experiences in your resume.

Tips on Answering

Ask the interviewer if there is a specific experience in your resume that they would like you to focus on. This will give you clues as to what aspects of your job experience they find most compelling, and will also allow you to elaborate on these areas.