I get requests all the time for samples of free interview answers from the Complete Interview Answer Guide. So I decided to post a small handful of some of the most common interview questions with free interview answers to them. These are job interview questions and free interview answers right from The Complete Interview Answer Guide. The guide is filled with many more questions and answers just like this.
Every question in the guide is first explained and shows multiple answers for each question. I like to give a variety of answers to these questions so you can get a better idea of how to form your own answer.
Free Interview Answers Part I
What do you consider your most significant weaknesses?
I have never enjoyed this question as it basically forces you to tell the interviewer something negative about yourself. Don’t feel the need to reveal deep character flaws, but tell the interviewer you have a few faults that you are working to improve and then give a few examples. A good way to turn this question around and turn a weakness into a strength is the best way to answer this question. Don’t actually tell the interviewer that you have a problem; though we all have something wrong with us, but don’t come right out and say it as it will sound like a weakness and a reason not to hire you.
Best answer to What do you consider your most significant weaknesses:
1. “I pay close attention to details which does result in a higher quality of work and saves additional time down the road, though it does take more time up front and sometimes overtime.”
2. “I am a person who likes to meet deadlines and deliver what I promise and sometimes I can get a little frustrated with my fellow co-workers if I’m waiting on them in the last hour before something is due.”
Free Interview Answers Part II
How do accept criticism?
This is a team player question and is asked to see how open and willing you are to being asked or told what to do. Are you someone who can follow directions? Can you accept criticism? Or, are you the type of person who does not like being told what to do or being criticized?
Best answer to how do you accept criticism:
1. “I openly accept criticism without taking any offense and politely thank the person for their comments.”
2. “I take direction very well. I don’t mind being told what to do and feel that no task is beneath me. Sometimes, my boss may have time to explain what is needed in detail and other times she may only have a minute. I prefer the detailed version, but I can make it work either way. I know my boss is busy and I want her to be able to get on with
her job as she does not need to babysit me.”
Free Interview Answers Part III
What are some of the things that bother you?
This is a common question, but don’t dwell on it. The interviewer is looking for a job related answer, more like “what bothers you about your job or the people you work with?” If you dig deep and think of what really bothers you, you’ll find that it’s other people and their ideas, right? But don’t tell the interviewer that, you can be more clever than that.
Best interview answer to what are some of the things that bother you:
1. “It bothers me the most when other people I work with don’t meet their deadlines or deliver what they promise.”
Free Interview Answers Part IV
What do you consider your most significant strengths?
This is another top 10 question that you can surely expect to hear in any interview. Prepare yourself and make sure you can rattle off three to five of your strengths as it relates to your past or present job, work experience, and the requirements for the job for which you are interviewing. Though it’s something to be proud of, they don’t want to
hear what a wonderful mom you are or what a good basketball player you are. Be prepared and know your strengths and don’t tell the interviewer that you don’t have any, even if you don’t. Relate your strengths to the job for which you are applying.
Best answer to what do you consider your most significant strengths:
1. “I have a solid background in Accounts Receivables, great problem solving abilities and I get things done with little direction.” And then elaborate a bit on your specific skills, but don’t turn this answer into a book. Keep it short and move on.
2. “I have great communication skills and can work with many different types of people of varying personalities and skill levels. I am motivated, disciplined, and focused and am determined to get my job done well and on time.”
3. “I meet deadlines. I deliver what I promise. As a result, I’ve always made my managers look good.”
I want you to know that my free interview answers are real answers that I have published in the Complete Interview Answer Guide. They have been personally written by me and are here to help you and to give you an idea of the quality of answers you’ll find in the Best answer to do you prefer working with others or alone:
1. “I enjoy working alone when necessary as I don’t need to be constantly reassured of my work. But I would prefer to work in a group as I believe much more work can be accomplished when everyone is pulling together.”
Free Interview Answers Part VII
What are some of the things that you and your supervisor have disagreed
Though it may sound like it, this is not a time to bad mouth your supervisor. Let’s take what is expected to be a negative answer and turn it around.
Best answer to what are some of the things that you and your supervisor have disagreed
1. “Shifting priorities is usually the main reason for any type of disagreement. I may be working on a project that has a tight deadline and my supervisor may pull me from that project to work on something else. It can be frustrating to stop working on a project after I have built up a great deal of momentum only and to switch gears on the fly
and start on something completely different.”
Once you download your copy of the Complete Interview Answer Guide, you won’t need anymore free interview answers.
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