How to Answer Interview Questions

How to Answer Interview Questions

Jeff Gipson | August 24, 2015

On this page are eight of the most generally asked (and simple) interviewing questions. Do yourself and the potential employer a favor, and give them some thought before the interview happens.

  • Why do you want this occupation?
  • Why do you want to leave your present occupation?
  • What are your personal and professional objectives?
  • What do you like most about your existing job?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What do you like the very least about your existing job?

The last question is probably the hardest to answer: What do you like least about your current job?
I’ve discovered that rather than pointing out the issues of others (as in, “I can’t stand the office politics,” or, “My supervisor is a jerk”), it’s more suitable to place the liability on yourself (“I feel I’m geared up to exercise a new set of professional muscles,” or, “The kind of technologies I’m really interested in isn’t accessible to me currently.”). By responding in this method, you’ll avoid pointing the finger at someone else, or coming across as a whiner or complainer. It does no good to talk negatively about other people.
I advise you think through the solutions to the eight questions above for two reasons.
First, it won’t help your possibilities any to hem and haw over essential issues such as these. (The answers you give to all of these kinds of questions ought to be no-brainers.)
And second, the questions will help you consider your career choices before spending time and energy on an interview. If you don’t feel confident with the answers you come up with, perhaps the new occupation isn’t ideal for you.

About the Author

Jeff Gipson
Jeff Gipson Sr. is a veteran of the staffing industry, with more than 30 years of experience. He got his start working for an international staffing organization where he focused on information technology placements across the country. In July 1992, Jeff continued his staffing career with a St. Louis based information technology staffing company. There, he was strategically involved in launching the organization’s first branch office — and subsequently three additional branch offices over the next several years. In July 2000 Jeff made another move — this time to launch his own staffing company, continuing his IT focus. In 2003 the organization was reinvented. Relying on his earlier sales career in the insurance industry, the company changed course and began building the firm around the insurance industry. The company continues to put all their energy in the insurance sector filling positions of all titles across the country. Jeff and his wife Carolyn have been married since 1980. They have three children and seven grandchildren.
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