Job seekers spend hours drafting their cover letters, contacting different companies, hoping to get a job interview. A smart job seeker knows the common interview questions for a job interview and will prepare answers accordingly. Anticipating and crafting interview questions and answers gives you the best shot at making a good impression.

Usually, employers ask a common set of questions. So, I'm going to share some important points regarding those questions and how you should respond to them. Here are five smart tips for answering interview questions:


Do Not Be Impulsive When Answering Questions

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Different hiring managers speak at different speeds. Allow the hiring manager to complete the question and listen to each and every word carefully. Some questions start off similar to other questions, but demand different responses.

For example, an employer might ask you, "What skills do you have to deal with a customer?" Here, if you listen to only the first part, that is, "What skills do you haveā€¦?" you will end up giving a wrong answer.

Take A Pause Before Answering A Question

A job applicant speaks calmly during her job interview.

Wait a few seconds after the employer stops speaking to make sure you heard the complete question. Create a mental list of points to include in your response. Do not wander off the point, and answer directly, covering all main points of the questions. Be sure to answer all parts of the employer's question.

Respond By Stating Your Key Points

Repeat them 2-3 times while answering the question. Explain how you have applied these points in your previous jobs. Finish your answer by reiterating these points. This will highlight your skills and reinforce your case to the employer as the ideal person for the job.

Tell The Interviewer Something Unique About Yourself

A job seeker tells his interviewer a unique story about himself.

If you are good in creative things like graphic designing, essay writing, event planning and so on, then you should definitely let them know about your extraordinary skills. It's important to leave the interviewer with a lasting impression.

Each response must tell something new to the interviewer. For example, when you answer question like, "tell me about yourself", you can start out with "being a two-time champion in swimming."


Some final things to keep in mind while going through the job interview.

Listen carefully to your interviewer. It does not matter if you get the job or not, an interviewer is giving you an opportunity for professional growth and therefore deserves respect. Put your cell phone on "silent mode" before going into your job interview. A ringing tone or message alert may distract you and the interviewer from the discussion.

Check out Work It Daily's list of Common Interview Questions, and go into your next job interview as prepared as possible.

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