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When you go to a job interview, it’s important to prepare in advance. One way to prepare involves getting ready to answer some common interview questions – especially if those questions may be tricky.

Some of the questions you should be ready for include:

  • Can you tell me a little about yourself? The answer to this question should essentially be your elevator pitch. Walk through your relevant education and work experience and show the employer how your past performance has ensured you’ll excel if the company brings you on board.
  • What do you know about the company? Researching the business before going to the interview will make answering this question easy. You should know what the company’s core functions are, and beyond that, the specifics of what you’ll need to know can vary by industry. It might help to know who the company’s biggest customers are, what its role is within its field, and what its corporate culture is. No matter what, always keep your answer positive and focused on showing you’ve done your research and learned the ins-and-outs of business operations.
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? When you talk about your strengths, make certain you emphasize the particular skills the company was looking for in a candidate. Have some specific examples too – don’t just say you’re good at something, but instead, talk about successful projects in the past that have allowed you to use those skills. And, when you talk about weaknesses, don’t say something trite like being a workaholic or a perfectionist. Instead, talk about a weakness you’ve overcome and explain how you took steps to improve. 

By preparing great answers to these tricky questions, you can impress the hiring manager and maximize your chances of getting the position. However, you need to land the interview first. IES Custom Staffing can help you get connected with great employers looking for people like you, so give us a call to find out how we can help you have success with your job-search efforts.

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