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Question: What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Answer: January 27, 2016 // 7:00 AM
The 10 Most Common Interview Questions (And How to Answer Them Perfectly)
Written by Corey Wainwright | @Corey_bos
Where do you see yourself in five years?
That question is, as HubSpot recruiter Emily MacIntyre puts it, "so boring."
But love 'em or hate 'em, those tried-and-true interview questions still make their way into even seasoned interviewers' candidate conversations.
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And even if you've aced the question in past interviews, somehow you seem to black out the embarrassment of fumbling through your answers. So when it comes time to interview again, you're left sweating and tripping over your words as you try to remember how you tied together your real passion of opening up a skydiving joint with your work optimizing paid search campaigns.
In an attempt at helping you stay dry and composed in your next interview, we've collected a lot of those popular interview questions -- curated from Glassdoor's list of the most popular interview questions in 2015 -- and supplied you with some guidance on how to nail the answers. No sweat. No tears. Minimal stumbling.
How to Answer 10 of the Most Common Interview Questions
1) What are your strengths/weaknesses?
Candidates typically struggle with this question because it forces them to awkwardly toe the line between bravado and confidence, self-defeat and self-assessment. This is why you sometimes get that urge to answer with fake-weaknesses -- the folks over at Glassdoor say a popular one is the whole "I'm a perfectionist" routine. Oh woe is you.
This question may take the form of other questions, too, so listen carefully. "You may hear a recruiter say 'What's one thing you want to learn more about?' when trying to get at a weakness," MacIntyre says.
What interviewers are getting at here is an honest skills assessment -- in terms of both competencies and gaps. The way I stopped getting tripped up on this question is by remembering that a poor skill match in a role is just as bad for the company as it is for me. (If you've never slipped through the cracks in a hiring process and ended up in a role for which you're not suited, just take my word on this one.)
Question: What are your strengths/weaknesses?
January 27, 2016 // 7:00 AM
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