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The 10 most common job interview questions

Job interviews are part of the process for finding a job. They help HR managers select the right candidates for the position. This is why preparing in advance is important. The following are some of the most frequently asked questions at an interview:

1. How do you describe yourself? This is the question with which the interviewer is looking to assess your expression. It is important not to get nervous. Avoid giving irrelevant answers and focus on that particular job in order to ensure success.

2. Why did you choose your specific academic education? This is a basic question to find out the true vocation of the candidate. It is important to speak positively and sound convincing when explaining the reasons for your choice.

3. What are your strengths and skills? One of those classic questions that require good preparation. Knowing the characteristics of the job is essential before mentioning your skills, such as leadership, teamwork, etc.

4. What are your main weaknesses? Another question that always comes out and to which we must respond positively. Mention weaknesses that will not affect this job role and highlight your daily efforts to overcome them.

5. Which of your previous career achievements do you feel most satisfied with? It is important to be prepared in advance when choosing some of your success stories with their impact on the duties you had to fulfill. Remember to sound passionate about your achievements. 

6. What are your goals regarding your professional career? This question seeks to discover your personal expectations and how long you will remain in the company. When mentioning your long-term goals you can sound ambitious, but don't overdo it.

7. Why did you leave your previous job? The answer should never show negativity towards the company or colleagues. It is much better to give an answer that shows you want to prosper and reach new goals.

8. How much do you know about the company you want to work for? Before attending the interview, it is essential to find out as much information about the company as possible. If you haven't done much research about the company's background, it will look as if you are not interested and is extremely negative.

9. Why should I hire you? It is important to demonstrate what the company will gain for hiring you. This is the time to sell yourself, but do it without speaking negatively about the other candidates.

10. Do you have any questions to ask the interviewer? You should always take advantage and ask questions. It shows that you are interested and will set you apart from those who do not ask about the job position or the company.

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