We all know that confidence is key during a job interview, but this advice is often easier said than done when faced with an intimidating interview. Job interview stress comes from a place of wanting to please, and the desire to land the job we’re putting ourselves out there for. There’s a lot on the line, which can cause us to second guess and sell ourselves short.
With all the pressure that comes with a job interview, there are certain hot button questions that might be more stressful than others. For example, salary requirement questions tend to be a question that makes job seekers uneasy, considering every word said could have an impact on future salary negotiations. With the proper preparation and a few stress-relieving techniques, going into a job interview doesn’t have to be tense.
Below are examples of interview questions job seekers stress over the most. We believe if you’re prepared for them, the anxiety factor can be taken out of the equation. Use this list to prepare for these questions, so that if you hear them during an interview, you know how to answer with ease. The key to answering any of these questions - in addition to preparation - is to be yourself and know there’s no “right” answer. Take your time in answering and always put a positive spin on what you’re trying to convey.
How do you handle stress?
What’s your biggest weakness?
Why do you want to leave for your current job?
Explain the gap in your resume.
Walk me through your resume.
Why do you want to work at this company?
What are your salary requirements?
Have you ever had a manager you didn’t get along with?
Are you interviewing with other companies?
If I asked a colleague to describe you, what would they say?
Do you have any questions for me?
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