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Above are some of the well-worn Google search phrases that job seekers use in their attempt to find the magic answer to anticipated interview questions.

The Internet is littered with many of them…some of them very odd.

For example, last year it was reported that Google asked “how many cows are in Canada?”.  Will every company ask every job candidate those questions?  No, they won’t.

However, there are some common interview questions that most (but not all) interviewers will ask.  According to Glassdoor.com, the top 5 (and their answers) include:

  • What are your strengths?
    • This should be fairly easy to answer, because you know what you are good at.  Keep in mind though, that if you are good at sewing and you are applying for an administrative job, no one will care.  Align each strength with a skill that the company is looking for.  A good place to find that information is the job description.
  • What are your weaknesses?
    • It is fairly easy to talk about your strengths, but weaknesses can be tricky.  Many interviewees simply resort to trite, overused phrases such as “I work too hard” or “I get too focused on the job at hand”.  The problem with overused phrases is that managers have heard them – many times.  Bring up a real weakness, but only if it is something that you have worked to successfully overcome…and mention that fact as well.
  • Why are you interested in working here?
    • The interviewer is really trying to determine whether you really want this job. If you are looking to simply to fill a gap in your resume, you will (most likely) quit which is expensive and time consuming for the interviewer. The interviewer is looking for a sense of your commitment to this particular job and the company.  If you give them any impression that no commitment exists, you will probably not get offered the job.
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In 10 years?
    • This question is another attempt to gage your commitment to the job. No one really has a concrete plan for 5-10 years out, but (hopefull) you would like to move up the “ladder” and contribute meaningfully to the company’s bottom line.  Say so.
  • Why do you want to leave your current company?
    • Interviewers want to know why you want to leave (or have left) your current job.  Were you fired?  Did you get laid off?  Are you looking for more money?  Never lie, but focus on the positives and what you learned from your most recent job and why you would be a great fit for their company.

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