How to Prep for Important Interview Questions

6 February 2017

If you've ever been interviewed for a job position, you already know that HR personnel tend to ask similar questions. When applicants are prepared, they give better answers thereby boosting their chances of getting the job. Know how to answer the following questions, and landing your dream job may be easier.

"Tell me something about yourself." This is one of the commonest questions asked of job applicants, and too few are prepared to reply. This is not the time to recite your resume. Instead, mention job accomplishments and experiences that somehow relate to the job for which you are applying.

"Why do you want this job?" Don't say you need a job. Instead, describe how the position is a great match for your skill set. Then, express your interest in working at the particular company that's hiring. Knowing a bit about the company beforehand will come in handy when answering this interview question.

"How do you handle work pressure?" Answer calmly, and mention making to-do lists, counting to ten and other stress-reduction techniques you may employ. Share an anecdote about how you handled a stressful work situation, but don't insult your former employer while doing so.

Dress appropriately, speak slowly, and don't forget that although your interviewer is an important part of the hiring process, they're just another human like you.