How to answer job interview questions

interview questions and answersSo now you are preparing for your on-site interview, you wonder what questions will be asked and how to answer those job interview questions. Besides the usual advice on dressing professionally, doing your research of the company, and putting on a positive attitude, the one insight I can offer to you that makes a difference is to answer every question convincingly and clearly as to leave no doubt in the mind of the interviewer. How would you know whether you have answered satisfyingly? One way to tell is by watching for body language cues in the interview.

During the on-site job interview, you will face behavioral and fact-finding questions. Much like passing job screening over phone, you need to proactively explain your past work experience and how you dealt with difficult situations before. You should google the most common interview questions and prepare answers for them, but you won’t be able to prepare for all the questions out there. So instead of giving mechanically memorized answers, you should listen to each question carefully and use the most relevant and convincing evidence to answer it.

To tell whether you have answered satisfyingly, you can tell that through the body language of the interviewer: is she nodding and agreeing or is she stiff and wondering? Anytime when you sense her facial expression or body language conveys a sense of confusion, thinking, or tightness, you should clarify your answer again. You can do a fantastic job on every other question, but if there is a just one question that leaves doubt in the interviewer’s mind, that might have just caused you the job offer.

During the last on-site job interview, you will meet a new round of interviewers, most likely the senior management. At this stage, there are typically 2-3 other job candidates competing for the final decision. They are all very qualified and excellent. This is the most brutal process in the entire job search process, because there can be only one winner. You will be asked the same questions. You should do your best to answer those questions, but this is more of a personality match than ensuring the candidate has the right skills. If the senior management likes quiet personality while you are not, you just won’t get the job. Whether you get the job or not, you should tell yourself you are an excellent job candidate and you will get a job soon.

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