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Your resume is what will get you a call back for an interview, but the job interview itself is your time to shine and show that you are the right person for the job. This also means you need to be prepared to answer a plethora of questions about your experience, skills, and potential employer. And you never know which questions they are going to ask until you sit down for the interview.
“You can never be certain which questions an interviewer will ask, but coming prepared with answers to some of the toughest interview questions will keep you calm, cool, and collected, and give you a leg up on the competition,” says Rhys Metler, one of our Toronto Sales Recruiters, in 13 Tough Interview Questions & How to Handle Them.
While it would be great to know they type of interview questions you will be asked, the truth is that many of the questions you will be asked are predictable, and they are somewhat similar. Bernard Marr, a global enterprise performance expert, believes that amid the endless possibilities of questions you could be asked in an interview, there are only three types of interview questions that matter:
1. Have you got the skills, expertise and experience to perform the job?
2. Are you enthusiastic and interested in the job and the company?
3. Will you fit into the team, culture and company?
These are essentially the three main things that an interviewer wants to take away from the interview. These three questions can take on a number of forms and have a series of sub-questions attached to them, but this is, at its core, what you should be prepared to discuss with a hiring manager during an interview.
Thanks to Glassdoor, we actually have some insight into the type of questions that companies are asking in job interviews. According to their research, here are the top 20 interview questions:
Expect some version of these questions. Combine this with the advice from Marr and the posts from our recruiting experts, and you should have no trouble preparing for your next job interview.
Here is some more useful headhunter insights you can find on our recruiter blog that will help you prepare for your next job interview:
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Elaine is a Director, Client Services with IQ PARTNERS with a specialty focus in recruiting for B2B & B2C Marketing and Sales across a number of industries. She has amassed a total of 18 years in sales, sales management, and recruiting at the agency level – selling both contingent and retained search – and has a deep understanding of the sales and marketing processes and what it takes to build a successful team.