5 Common Interview Questions

30 March 2021

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Interviews can be intimidating. How do I avoid rambling? How much personal information do I share? Is now when I ask about vacation? How do I explain why I left my last job? Does this sound like you? The great part is that with preparation you can nail the interview.

First things first, confidence is key.

If you're good enough to get the interview you're good enough to get the job,

Say it with me “If I am good enough to get the interview I am good enough to get the job.”

Keep this front and center in your mind as your prepare for your interview.


Second, before we get into the question, you are the solution they need.

What do I mean by this? Great question.

The employer has problems they are trying to solve with their new employee and you are the solution to those problems. It could be your communication skills, your unique experience, or perhaps your killer organizational abilities. You are the solution they need.


Be confident walking into the interview knowing you are enough & you are what they need.

Now let’s dive into some common interview questions. Don’t forget if you are a CYC client you can schedule an interview prep call with your coach.

1. Tell me about yourself.

This question just needs to go away, but unfortunately, it hasn’t yet. This is one of the most common opening questions you’ll hear in an interview, in person, or virtually. So how do you avoid getting tripped up in this question and oversharing?

Keep your answer clear and relevant.

The hiring manager probably doesn’t want to hear about your obsession with TikTok and graphic tees, unless you’re applying for a social media manager position for an apparel company. Stay work specific. Answer by telling them where you are professionally, or most recent experience, and why you are excited about this position.

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Tip: Your answer is the opportunity to share with the interviewer whatever you think is important about you in their hiring decision

2. Why should we hire you?

This one sounds like be should be easy. Right? Wrong. The tendency here is to be too hot, arrogant, pushy, or too cold, modest in your answers. This is your chance to shine so make it count. Be prepared with this answer. Keep the focus on them. Know what they were looking for in the job and repeat those things back to them and show how you can fill that need with a personal success story or skill set.

For example, the company is looking for someone who is reliable, organized, efficient with excel.
Response: “ Well you are looking for someone who is organized, reliable, is efficient with excel, I possess the skills. Recently I was given a project to take over that was in shambles, bits and pieces of the process had been documented, while others were done because “that is how they always did it. When I saw the current state of the project I created a roadmap with set milestones towards the project's goals, including checklists and data sets in excel that were then shared with the management team so they could see at a glance where the project was, what the next steps were and who was responsible for completing the tasks at hand.”

3. Why do you want this job?

This should be an emotional answer. There was a reason you wanted the job and knew you would do great at it. This is where you communicate that.

Use this opportunity to tell the interviewer that this job is what you have been looking for as the next step in your career. When they ask “How so?” Be prepared to explain how this job meets your professional needs and how it allows you to grow and contribute at your highest potential because you believe in what they are doing, the direction of the company, and how it aligns with your passions.

3. What is your greatest weakness?

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Ugh, this is one of the worst of them all. Everyone knows this question is a trap, so be prepared and don’t fall into the “I don’t have any weaknesses” or “I am a workaholic” answers. Interviewers see right through this. These types of answers instantly discredit everything you said previously.

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Keep the focus on them. Choose your weakness carefully. Hard skills are generally the best for an interview because can be taught. Examples of hard skills are software, typing, math, language. However, some soft (aka people) skills could work as well. Lastly, in revealing your weakness also share how you have or are currently working on overcoming the weakness. When done well you can turn your weakness into a strength.

Tip: Don't pick a weakness that will disqualify you from the position but do give a sincere answer.

Keep the focus on them. Choose your weakness carefully. Hard skills are generally the best for an interview because can be taught. Examples of hard skills are software, typing, math, language. However, some soft (aka people) skills could work as well. Lastly, in revealing your weakness also share how you have or are currently working on overcoming the weakness. When done well you can turn your weakness into a strength.

5. Do you have any questions?

YES, you have questions!

Always ask something. Be prepared for this question.

This is your opportunity to stand out and leave a lasting, positive and impactful, impression with the interviewer. This is not where you ask about break room snacks, vacation pay, 401k contributions, etc. Focus your questions on the company and what you can do. (Seeing a trend here. The interview is all about them.) Ask something about the culture, or what you discovered during your research of the company


A safe question to ask is
“what question should I ask you right now?”

A bold question to ask is
“is there any reason you wouldn’t hire me?”


These 5 questions are a small sample of what you could be asked during an interview. The three things to remember to nail the interview are:

  1. Confidence is key. IF YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET THE INTERVIEW YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO GET THE JOB.
  2. You are the solution to their problems. You bring something unique to the position that the company needs.
  3. Keep the focus on them. Avoid using too many I statements. Bring your answers around to their needs and how you fill them.

Have an upcoming interview? Don't forget that as a CYC cleint you can schedule an interview prep call 24-48 hours before your interview.
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