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Question: Tell me about yourself

Overview
A lot of jobs require someone who can think on their feet or present ideas with crispness and clarity. This question provides employers with an early preview of your core skills, your personality and your ability to respond to an unstructured question.

Tips

  • Prepare for this question in advance and have a compelling story about your past experiences. 
  • Pull prominent skills from the job description. 
  • Be “SHE” (succinct, honest and engaging).

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Question: What is your greatest strength?

Overview
Employers want to see if you can strike the right balance between confidence and humility. Hiring managers also want to get a sense for how self-aware and honest you are and align your strengths to the role at hand.

Tips

  • Be authentic - don’t make up strengths that you think the employer wants to hear. 
  • Tell a story about a work experience. 
  • Be sure the strengths you share are aligned to the role you want.

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Question: What is your greatest weakness?

Overview
The interviewer is assessing whether your weaknesses will get in the way of doing the job. Employers are looking for humility and whether you’re committed to learning and growing. This is a place you can showcase what you’re doing to improve.

Tips 

  • Employers are looking for self-awareness and personal accountability.
  • It’s good to be honest about what you’re not great at.
  • Share what you are doing to actively improve on this weakness.

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Question: Why should we hire you?

Overview 

This question tests how persuasive you are. Interviewers want to see if you can make a calm, confident case for yourself, even if they’re acting skeptical. They’re looking for factual and compelling answers.

Tips

  • Start with the three or four best reasons you’ve got.
  • Cite results, credentials, and other people’s praise so you don’t seem self-absorbed.
  • Be concise, and invite follow-up questions at the end.

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