Tackling Interview Questions That Put You to the Test

Knowing how to respond appropriately to interview questions can mean the difference between remaining a contender for and being eliminated from a job. While you can’t anticipate every question, there are some you’re bound to hear. By considering your approach and practicing your answers to these queries in advance, you can be more relaxed at the interview and give confident responses.

Here are six common or tricky questions and tips for handling them with finesse:

Tell me about yourself.

All candidates should be ready to answer this one because it’s likely to come up in many — if not all — interviews. This question isn’t an invitation to share your life story or discuss personal details. Instead, keep your response brief and focused on professional goals and interests. For instance, you might mention that you’ve been working as a network administrator for five years, concentrating in network security, and that you recently earned your Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) designation. Follow up with a short overview of what you enjoy most about your career and how you could add value to the position for which you’re interviewing.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

This one can be tricky to answer: You want to seem ambitious but not so much that it seems as if you’re after the hiring manager’s job. Additionally, you don’t want to sound inflexible with set plans in mind. The best response is one that reflects a logical future step in your…


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