FEMAIL called on business brains, recruiters and top career experts to reveal the interview questions every candidate should know the answer to by heart - and how to handle them if one is thrown your way. Scroll down for video. Whilst you may know what animal you'd be and how to sell a fridge to an eskimo, it's actually the more straightforward questions that can catch an applicant out - and they're the most vital.
10 interview question responses you should know off by heart
Here, experts share the questions and answers you need to know ahead of that all-important interview. What are you proud to have accomplished at your last job? This question gives the interviewer the opportunity to learn your strengths. Instead, tell them how you increased social media engagement for the company and why your help was valuable. It's important to master the art of the humble brag to make a good impression.
Feeling proud of your accomplishments is fine. Endlessly discussing your value to the last company you worked for gives the impression you are arrogant. How would your previous manager describe you? Why are you being asked? Talk about your attitude toward work, ability to work in a group and the positive aspects of your working relationship with your old manager.
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It's important to master the art of the humble brag to make a good impression, advise experts. Feeling proud of your accomplishments is fine but don't endlessly discuss it. Why are you looking to leave your current job? The interviewer wants to know that you have clearly thought through your decision to leave your current job, and that you know what you want out of your next role.
Never use this question as an excuse to complain about your current or previous employer, as it will make you sound unprofessional! Tell me about a time when you messed up at work. How did you fix your mistake? Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone has the ability to quickly solve them on their own. This question is not a trap. It's the employer's way of learning if you are able to fix your mistakes.
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Honestly talk about a mistake you made, but focus mainly on how you solved the problem. What is your five-year plan? Describe how an apple tastes to someone who can't taste. What religious holidays do you practice? Do you have any questions? I realised my mistake and immediately told my boss about the situation. I knew the business was going to take a hit financially, so I offered to work longer hours until I had worked off the debt from my mistake. This answers the interviewer's question but focuses more on the positive parts of the mistake.
When interviewers ask this question, they want to know if you will last at the company. Picture where your career is going. Maybe the job you're applying for is only a stepping stone to a bigger and better career. Letting your potential employer know their business is nothing more than a pit stop on your career road trip could cost you the job. Instead of letting an employer know you don't plan to stay with the company long-term, think about what you hope to get out of the position.
Talk generally about how you hope the position will prepare you for your next career move.
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Mention your desire for career growth within the company. Only apply for jobs if you honestly see yourself working there for the foreseeable future. Otherwise, it's not fair to you, the company, or the person who would actually be the best fit for the position. What is one of your flaws? This question is very often treated as a joke or a way to turn a negative into a positive I'm too perfect.
I like to hire someone who is upfront, honest and comfortable in their own skin. Everyone has flaws, I wasn't born yesterday. Maybe you hate getting out of bed. Maybe you speak too quietly. You let papers pile up on the printer.
There isn't a right or wrong answer to this question. This question reveals your ability to think critically. Take a moment to think about how you will respond. One way to answer the question is: While a person may not be able to taste, they can probably feel the juice as they bite into the apple.
When I think about apples, I imagine the fresh, juicy sensation that comes with taking my first bite. Even if your answer isn't the same as the rest of candidates interviewing, it shows your ability to think on your toes. Your interviewer will appreciate whatever answer you give as long as you provide a reason for why you chose the description you used. When an employer asks about your mistakes, it's not a trap.
It is illegal for an interviewer to ask you about your religion, age, marital status, if you're a parent, or your sexual orientation. Employers use these questions to discriminate against applicants in the hiring process. Don't assume your interviewer is intentionally asking illegal questions. One in five interviewers unknowingly asks an illegal interview question based on CareerBuilder's April survey.
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