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How to answer interview questions

Need the best answers to interview questions in order to land a job? Then you don’t have to look far, as the Internet is replete with the common questions asked in interviews, along with the best answers for them.  However, your answers need to be more than just those memorized from the Internet if you want to successfully handle an interview. So below we take a look at how you should go about answering interview questions,ranging from the rare to commonplace. We also look at how you can use your answers to capture the attention of interviewers and get a job.

Important tips for answering interview questions

Preparing the best answers to interview questions often relies on researching several areas. One of the areas is the company in which you want the job. When researching the company check current events, and whether it announced new products or services recently.

Another important area that you should focus on is your own resume. Remembering details in your resume shows an interviewer that you are prepared to answer questions about jobs and skills. Additionally by studying your resume you can deal with any questions about your job history, and provide intelligent and relevant answers that will create a good impression.

Interview questions are often based off skills that are required and the job description, but they are notoriously hard to anticipate. So instead prepare a list of situations or projects where your skills made a difference or helped overcome problems. Once you have this list of “real life examples” you can use them to answer a variety of questions.

An important question that almost all interviewers ask is – Why Should We Hire You? When answering such a question it is important that you showcase your strengths, skills and job experience. You should also ensure that you do not oversell yourself and base your answers off examples of how you have made a difference at your previous jobs.

The importance of pausing and thinking

Before answering each question, take some time to pause and think. Often you can pause for anywhere between 5-20 seconds before answering a question. This allows you to think carefully about the answer and the words that you will use to frame it. In case of complex questions you can pause for a longer duration before answering them or ask a follow up question, before providing your reply.

Adopt the STAR technique and see if it works for you

When answering a question people often adopt the STAR technique which is an abbreviation of (Situation, Task, Action, Result). Using the technique you can use a situation, a task you faced, the action you took to handle it and the final result to answer an interview question.

Why it’s impossible to prepare answers for all questions in advance

Interviewers in companies whether they are big or small do not stick to a preset list of questions. When heading into an interview, therefore, you can’t prepare answers for any and all questions. Instead people often prepare answers for a few questions and pause before answering the rest to ensure they deliver the right answer.

Providing the best answers to interview questions also depends on the body language that you use, so keep a positive attitude and use appropriate words. Finally do not forget to let you individuality shine when answering questions and never spit out a “canned” answer.