Almost every job entails some type of preemployment questions. You will probably need to answer questions on your initial application form. You may have more questions to answer in an in-person interview. You may even have to take a formal personality test, such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, to determine if your personality is the right fit for the company. Regardless of the types of preemployment questions, there are a few key things to know to answer them successfully.
Prepare your answers ahead of time. Of course, you can't prepare an answer for every single possible question a potential employer might ask. However, certain questions pop up in interviews time and time again. For example, questions about your past job, your skills, your strengths and weaknesses, and why you are suited to the job. If you think about these common questions and have a good idea of what to say before you go to the interview, you will give better answers. Just don't prepare so much that you sound rehearsed. You should know what to say, but not memorize an exact script.
Listen carefully to the question. You need to make sure you are answering exactly what the interviewer is asking. If she asks you to talk about a time when you were a team player and you spend 10 minutes talking about how you had to take over your last group project because no one was doing good enough work, you haven't shown yourself to be a team player.
Be honest. Dishonesty when answering preemployment questions could keep you from getting the job if you are found out. You could also end up getting the job but be fired later if the truth comes to light.
Be positive. Being honest doesn't mean being overly negative. If the interviewer asks about your past job or boss, don't trash them because the interviewer may think that you will soon be saying equally bad things about her company if you are hired. If the question is about your greatest weakness, give it a positive spin. This doesn't mean saying something like, "My greatest weakness is that I am a perfectionist," which can come across as trite and false. Instead, you can say you once had a problem with organization, for example, and explain how you overcame it and what steps you take to make sure it isn't a problem now.
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