Know The Common Job Interview Questions

Job Interview Secrets

© Written By Jimmy Sweeney
President of CareerJimmy and Author of the new,
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It is a known fact that behind every question that is asked in a job interview there is another question that is hiding, or there is a concern. As an interviewee, it is your job to understand why the interviewer is asking you such questions. The job of the interviewer is primarily to test the interviewee and see whether he can adapt to situations and how he reacts to questions that he might not personally like. Moreover it is the duty of the interviewer to see whether the interviewee is suitable for the job and how responsible he would be towards the company.

Applying for a job interview can at time be a nerve-racking experience for some. For others who know the tricks of the trade, it is like any other day at the office. However, a job interview needs a lot of preparation especially because sometimes the interviewer gets better of the interviewee. Job interview questions can also be unnerving especially for someone who is appearing for an interview for the first time. There are many questions that an interviewee is asked but some of the most common questions are as follows.

Tell me a bit about yourself

In a question like this, it is obvious that the interviewer wants to know what you have been doing and how you lead your life. In other words he or she wants to know whether you are responsible and whether you would be able to handle the post for which you are giving the interview. Ideally one should not sell himself here and should keep an unbiased approach to everything.

Why did you leave your last job?

This is a tricky question because most often interviewee's bad mouth their old job so much so that the new employer often loses trust in him or her. Ideally, the interviewee should play this safe. Probable reasons of leaving an earlier job could be that although there was money, there was no job satisfaction. Moreover, one should focus on the new job that he is applying for because this would the interviewee. Do not be too rude about your previous boss because you never know they might just turn out to be old friends.

What is one of your weaknesses?

This is a very important question as this gives you the leverage to be truthful. The new boss does not want to know what your weakness is but is more interested to know whether you can overcome it. At the same time do not brag about yourself and proclaim that you do not have any weakness.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

This again is a tricky question and the interviewer wants to know your plans and whether the organization is apart of it. No Company wants an employer to leave just after he has joined as a result this question can be a bit deceptive. One should keep in mind that the interviewee wants to see how confident are you in your approach and whether you are sure of what you will do in the following years.

Jimmy Sweeney is the president of CareerJimmy and author of the brand new "WOW...You're Hired!" job-landing system. Visit Jimmy on the web at: and discover the breakthrough, TOUGH TIMES job search formula that will instantly make you stand out from the crowd like a Harvard graduate at a local job fair...DURING your next job interview.

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