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some great stuff to help potential candidates go through interview

The best interview answers to interview questions information below shows you exactly how you can deal with the top 10 common interview questions including tell me about yourself, which of course is not really a question, but it's so often used to get you talking at the start of an interview.

You will find how to give the best interview answers to questions such as:

1. Tell me about yourself
2. Why did you leave your last job?
3. What experience do you have in this field?
4. Tell me about your weaknesses?
5. How would your friends and family describe you as a person?
6. What do you know about this organization?
7. What have you done to improve yourself in the last year?
8. Are you applying for other jobs?
9. Why do you want to work for this organization?
10. What kind of supervision brings out the best in you?


Best Interview Answers

Getting the job you want is almost always balanced on the success of your interview. Therefore, the key is to be prepared. But instead of spending all your time preparing by shining your shoes and rewriting your resume or CV, make sure you put some time aside to prepare your best interview answers for these top 10 job interview questions.


1. Tell me about yourself:

This is by far the most common job interview question and is often the first thing that is actually asked of you. You need to have a short yet concise answer, so that you do not rabble on and aggravate the interviewer.

However, do not over rehearse, as this will become evident when you start talking. Remember that the aim of this question is to find out your skills and suitability for the position; the hiring manager wants to know who you are in a professional sense. They care about your attitude, career aspirations and previous achievements.

Answer by starting with your earliest job, or when you left university and move forwards through your career to the present day. You can't afford to get this wrong, it must be one of your best interview answers, as the whole interview may then turn out to be a waste of time if you haven't prepared for it.

Your answer must touch on items relevant to this discussion in this interview, but don't dwell too long or go off at a tangent. Always give the interviewer credit for having read your CV (even if they haven't!) and make references such as "...you probably noticed I referred to..." as you are talking.

2. Why did you leave your last job?

Try to put a positive spin on why you left your last job. This question is designed to do two things...

a) find out if you're willing to bad mouth previous managers and colleagues) whether you are inclined to job hop every few months

Essentially, the hiring manager wants to see a positive and substantial reason why you left your last position, or at least why you are looking for a new job. One of the best interview answers would be to say that you are keen to develop new skills and meet new challenges.

3. What experience do you have in this field?

Speak about specifics that relate to the position you are applying for. If you do not have specific experience, get as close as you can.

4. Tell me about your weaknesses?


This question is used to find out how honest and level headed your are. The employer wants to get a realistic picture of you and whether you will honestly fit in with this job. The key here is to only mention weaknesses that will not severely affect the job you're applying for, or better still, use one or two weaknesses that you can turn into a positive. One of the best interview answers would be:

"I am often conscientious in my approach which means that although I might take a little longer to do key tasks, I can always guarantee that the task will be done to the highest possible level of professionalism and attention to detail."

5. How would your friends and family describe you as a person?

This is one of the interview questions designed to get social proof from others that you are the person that you say you are. The employer wants to get an idea of what everyday people in your life would say about you. Of course, you can actually say whatever good things you can think of, such as "They would say I am a hard, stubborn worker with a good sense of humour".

To make this answer more effective, you might want to use a quote from a family member or even an existing or previous work colleague.

Finally with this question, remember not to make the answer sound too "professional". The point is, friends and family are not going to typically say "Yes, they are very organized and always meet deadlines". This sounds false, the more likely quote from a family member would be "He works hard and plays hard. He's always been ambitious and competitive, even from a young age..."

6. What do you know about this organization?

Company research is really easy thanks to the internet. Make sure you do your research before going into the job interview. Your best interview answers will mean that you will want to know how long the company has been established, their turnover, number of staff and as much relevant info pertaining to the job as possible.

7. What have you done to improve yourself in the last year?

Been on any courses? Read any books? Worked on any special projects that have developed your skill set in your work? Any of these examples are adequate, but if you are truly struggling, make sure you turn your lack of self improvement in the past year into a positive...

"Although I have been working consistently on some major tasks, I feel now more than even that I would like to learn and develop my skills, abilities and experience even more. Therefore, I am planning to undertake several courses and have just started to do "x" in my spare time".

Remember, personal developments count just as highly as professional ones. Therefore, examples of how you have developed more confidence, made more personal time to be more flexible, improved your fitness etc, are all good examples of the best interview answers that show you possess self motivation and intuition. Your The best interview answers should include 'soft' skills as well as hard skills.

8. Are you applying for other jobs?

There's nothing wrong with mentioning that you've applied for other jobs. In fact, employers actually expect this to be the case. The secret is not to boast that you've been on 15 interviews this week already. This might make you look as if you're simply casting your net out a little too wide and just "hoping for some fish to get caught up". Try to bring the focus quickly back to this particular job and why specifically you decided to apply.

9. Why do you want to work for this organization?

How does working for this company fit in with your career goals? Are you applying because the job is more suited to your skills or is it that there is more potential for learning and promotion? Ultimately, avoid answers such as "Because it's closer to home" or that you "Wanted to work in a more open plan, fun environment". The reason must relate to your career and your own personal development. The employer does not want to get the impression that you're there for the money or the "social networking opportunities."

10. What kind of supervision brings out the best in you?

Your best interview answers depend a lot on both yours and their style; I’d usually suggest that you mention knowledgeable, supportive supervisors who give you room to do your job but are available when you need help. Avoid saying you dislike or don’t welcome any particular style of supervision, because that can lead in a direction you may not wish to go. You might say that you work well with most styles of supervision. If you have found out anything about the way this firm works, mention something positive about when you last worked under that style of management.

This means that you now face even tougher competition for your dream job and more brutal hiring managers who cannot afford to hire anyone less than a perfect match for the job which makes learning the best interview answers absolutely crucial to your success.




More Best Interview Answers Help

When preparing your best interview answers to interview questions, its as well to remember that everything they want to know about you falls into these 4 key areas:


1.Why are you here?

2.What can you do for us?

3.What sort of person are you?

4.Can we afford you?


So you must be prepared for questions on these and your interview answers should cover each of these key areas.


These are the basic areas that cover every interviewer’s needs, they sound superficially very simple, but they are not! When you understand this and learn how to deal with them, you will stand out as an excellent interviewee!

Best Interview Answers For Each of These 4 Key Areas


Why are you here?

This question is asking why have you put yourself forward for this job. So you have to show it’s because you are interested in the job, the company, the challenge and the chance to learn and develop new skills; and you are ready to move for such a great opportunity. Above all you want the job and you are confident that you are right for it because you are sure of your own abilities.

What can you do for us (that someone else can't)?

This question asks you to show how you can add value to the organization, perhaps by improving systems or efficiency; maybe by increasing sales revenue. What you bring is your experience, skills and achievements, as well as your desire to develop and contribute to a new team or department. Think back to your achievements and skills, and give details of the results you got at your previous employment. But don’t just hark back to what you used to do – think what you will be capable of in the future.

What sort of person are you?

This is the killer question. What they want to know is: will you fit in, or are you going to upset the existing team? This one is worth repeating because it is the most crucial. In any employment situation where people have to work together, the question of whether they CAN work together is actually more important than whether they can do all of the tasks required. You need to try to work out the culture from people you know or from the organization’s dress code whether you actually want to work there and whether you can fit in. if it doesn’t feel like the right place – DON’T GO THERE!

Answering ‘personal’ questions is frequently considered to be more difficult than ‘non- personal’ questions so you need to be prepared. I suggest you take one or more Personality Tests or Career Profile Tests to gain a better understanding of your personality. There are plenty of tests that will give you a free report so do that at the very least. It will give you some new ways of describing ‘what sort of person’ you are.

Can we afford you?

Salary negotiation is another issue altogether, but the point is you should have a feeling for what the remuneration is likely to be and show them that you bring value-for-money. If they put you on the spot to name a figure; shoot a little higher than you think they are prepared to pay, but always say “the opportunity itself is more important than the actual salary and I’m confident of providing excellent value”.


That’s all fine as a general background to the 4 key areas the interviewer needs to know about and being better prepared than your interviewer, but now you’ve got to be more specific with your best interview answers.

Here are the next 10 best interview answers you must prepare prepare right now:

Why do you think you would like to work for our company?
What interests you most about our products or services?
What, specifically, do you have to offer us?
Why did you choose your particular field of work?
What do you think are the disadvantages of your chosen field?
Will you please give me a brief summary of your work experience?
What were your duties and responsibilities in each job?
Which job did you like best? Which least? Why?
When you are considering different job opportunities, what things do you look for?
What do you want to avoid in your next job?



Next 10 Answers To Interview Questions


1 Why do you think you would like to work for our company?

They want to find out if you’re interested and know anything about them and their business or operation. You believe they have an excellent record of training people. Do some homework on their website and a little flattery will go a long way. Tell them how you admire their reputation as a supplier or manufacturer or whatever they do. The best interview answers usually make out that you were not even looking for a new position, but were excited when you saw them advertise...

2 What interests you most about our products or services?

They want to find out if you’re interested in joining them and whether you know anything about them and their business or operation. You must do some homework on their website so you can be sure to talk knowledgeably about their products or services and how they are better than the competition. The person who shows initiative and interest becomes more interesting to the hiring manager.

3 What, specifically, do you have to offer us?

Use your key strengths statement (remember the one above?) and match your specific skills and strengths to what they need. You must have a good idea what they need from their job advert and your research. Remind yourself beforehand of the main requirements in their job vacant ad and make sure you talk about them.

4 Why did you choose your particular field of work?

This question is mostly about why you took certain decisions. If you think about why you enjoy what you do, then you probably chose this field to work at something you enjoy. If you are not sure, then think carefully and frame a positive answer around the benefits of working in your type of role and industry.

5 What do you think are the disadvantages of your chosen field?

You should not talk about problems or disadvantages other than the challenge of mastering the required skills, then concentrate on your interest, challenge and opportunity to develop or learn new skills.

6 Will you please give me a brief summary of your work experience?

Talk through your “Career Overview” as laid out previously. This can be a very similar response to your “Tell me about Yourself” answer; obviously vary it if you’ve already had to use it.

7 What were your duties and responsibilities in each job?

Briefly cover each job but you must give results as well. Employers want to hire people who will be capable of producing results, so for each duty or responsibility you should add a positive outcome. You might say something like: “I was responsible for internal safety audits and saved the company $250,000 in downtime”

8 Which job did you like best? Which least? Why?

Talk about the aspects which are similar to the job you’re being interviewed for as being the job you liked best; anything else, particularly if commonly disliked such as administration or filing is fair game for the stuff you liked least. Don’t dwell on problems.

9 When you are considering job opportunities, what things do you look for?

Here is an opportunity to remind them of your key strengths, so the best interview answer is to talk about your interest, challenge and the opportunity to develop existing skills further or to learn new skills. “I have well developed people and organizational skills so I like to work as a team leader or manager of a small group”.

10 What do you want to avoid in your next job?

Because you are flexible and eager there is not too much you want to avoid but see 8 above and frame your answer around the sort of things that most people would happily avoid such as excessive repetition or unnecessary administration duties. You must have a clear understanding of what the job involves, so you know that your positivism is not misplaced.


When you've prepared your best interview answers you'll be well on the way to your most successful interview yet.

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XAARA, you have done a great service to those who do not know the art of answering pinchy yet simple questions that actually go on to determine their suitability/un..... for a particular post!........keep sharing helpful stuff!
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thanks a lot xarra but the confusion about 1st question is still present

tell about yourself or introduction yourself?

if i ask you this question, what will be your answer? plz share . suppose you are in interview?
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Answer by starting with your earliest job, or when you left university and move forwards through your career to the present day. You can't afford to get this wrong, it must be one of your best interview answers, as the whole interview may then turn out to be a waste of time if you haven't prepared for it.

I would start with letting them know when I left my university (I would add my qualification in the same answer), then I would give them a summary of my career. But relevant one! The one that is of their interest avoid giving needless information. For example I am applying for Assistant HR Manager's post and I have been in any firm with a role in HRM/HRD, then I would quote that. As a matter of fact, I have been a teacher too. But I shall never start telling them that I have been a teacher too. It would be simply inviting more questions and more confusions. The KEY is to keep it simple but sensible.

Then do not rehearse things as if you have 'crammed' your answer.

Do not Start telling where were you born or your personal details if not asked.

If you want to start off by telling your name, you can. but the thing is they have your name with them and in most of the cases, they ask you a question "Mr. ABC, tell us about yourself?" So, do not prepare yourself with starting off by name.

So, I may answer this way;

"I passed out my (degree's title) back in (Fall/Spring/Summer 2010), I started my career by working as an HR Coordinator in so & so firm, later on I had an opportunity to work with so & so as a ---(position)" and go on add details sensibly.

but! its you who has to decide either position or firm's title has to be made significant.

Like, I worked a consultant's coordinator in ABC.

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in case you worked in a reputable firm, I have an experience of working as an HR internee in Telenor/SchelumBerger/OGDCL etc.



(Let me know if I made it more confusing than it was to be)
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