5 Questions to Expect at Your Next Interview

Questions to Expect at Your Next Interview These common queries usually come up at all job interviews. Be prepared for the following questions:

“Why are you leaving your job?” or “Why did you leave your last job?” These questions are usually asked to get a sense of how you performed while working with your previous company. Depending on the circumstances, answer carefully. Were you fired? Did you continue to stay in certain ineffective patterns that caused your employer to push you to leave? Did you not get along with your previous boss?

Make sure you don’t throw any red flags. Present a reasonable explanation of why you left your job. Don’t badmouth any of your colleagues or superiors (that is always a bad idea).

“What salary range are you looking for?” You shouldn’t feel uncomfortable discussing your salary during the job interview. Make sure you’ve done your research. (You might end up accepting a lower offer than what you earned at your previous company.)

Ask people in the field about the market rate for the jobs you are applying for. This will enable you to ground your answer in the knowledge of what a reasonable range is.

“What have you earned in the past?” Some hiring managers will ask what you earned with your previous employer. This will help them figure out how much you should be earning or gives them a base point in the range if you’re offered the job.

Answering this question is your choice. Your past salary is, in truth, no one else’s business. Responding with your salary expectations instead may be in your best interest.

“Why would you excel at this job?” Telling the interviewer how qualified you are for the job is not enough. Be prepared to talk about your past experiences and work scenarios that highlight your success in some of the difficult situations you’ve faced.

“What are your weaknesses?” This is usually asked to get a sense of your weaknesses and whether they will get in the way of doing your job well. (Don’t use clichés indicating how much of a perfectionist you are or how hard you work.)Interviewers are looking for a sincere answer. Address some of your weak spots and explain how you are working on them.

These questions should never be overlooked, since they are a regular part of interviews. Start preparing now and be ready.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.