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Common Job Interview Questions
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Having good knowledge of common job interview questions is an important feature of effective job interview preparation. Rather than memorising questions and answers, try to understand the reasoning behind the questions and adapt them to your own situation. This is important because the interviewer(s) may not ask the exact questions you see listed on the Internet. You will find, however, that many typical job interview questions are similar and require similar answers and reasoning. The following is a list of common job interview questions and answers. Try to adapt the answers to suit your own individual experience, making sure the evidence is in your CV.

Typical job interview questions:

1. Tell us a little about yourself?
This is a typical starting question that interviewer(s) ask to find out whether candidates are able to talk about themselves and project their personality. Naturally, you will need to be familiar with the chronology of your CV as you briefly explain your career history.

2. Why do you want to leave your current job?
Another typical interview question. It is perfectly acceptable to give an answer based on a desire for new challenges and career progression. Be enthusiastic and tell the interviewer about your desire to be a part of their organisation. If you've researched the organisation sufficiently, mention something about the company that draws you to the organisation.

3. Do you take your work home with you?
Here, the interviewer wants to establish whether you appreciate the importance of good work/life balance. The best answer is as follows: if, on occasion, your boss were to ask you to take your work home, then you will oblige in order to help the company meet important deadlines and objectives. Employers understand the importance of a good work/life balance to ensure optimum performance. You should therefore avoid giving a "yes" answer to this question.

4. Why do you want this job?
This is another common interview question. Try answering this question with evidence from your CV. You can explain that the job is a natural progression from your current/previous position and that its challenges will enable you to draw on your core skills and competencies. Also tell the interviewer that you are drawn to the company and show that you have done prior research on the organisation. Show the interviewer genuine enthusiasm and express your desire to be a part of the organisation. Employers value this and it could well prove to be a deciding factor in your favour.

The above are among the most common job interview questions frequently asked. By knowing likely questions, practising the answers and staying calm and confident, you should be able to handle any question, including the unexpected.

Common Job Interview Questions and Answers