The Interview: More answers to common questions


By West Michigan Works!


Editor’s Note: This is the second in a four-part series about how to answer common interview questions.


After the interviewer asks you a couple questions to get to know you a little better (see our first article for tips), they might move to questions about why you are a good fit for the job.


Here are a few common questions and strong answers to help you prepare for your next interview:

  • Why should we hire you?
    • Be concise and confident.
    • Focus on telling them why your experience will benefit their organization.
    • Avoid talking about what you’ll get out of the job.
    • Tell them what you will do in the first 30, 60 or 90 days.
  • Why do you want this job?
    • Be specific. What are the aspects of the job that excite you?
    • Do your research. What is it about their company that makes you want to work for them over their competitors?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
    • Give an example of a professional situation when you handled the stress well.
    • Don’t tell them you never feel stressed. Everyone does!
    • Talk about ways you manage stress or pressure. Ex: to-do lists, going on a walk at lunch, morning meetings with your team.

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