How to answer common interview questions

Video Chapters 

• The criteria employers use to evaluate candidates

• How to design a campaign to successfully answer your interview questions (with an example)

• How to answer behavioral interview questions

• How to answer open-ended questions such as “Tell me about yourself”

• How to address areas of weakness that might come up in an interview

About this lesson

One of the best things you can do to prepare for your interview is practice answering common interview questions. You’ll want to practice giving clear and concise answers that make the case for how you can solve a hiring manager’s problems/needs. In this lesson, you’ll learn how to answer common interview questions, and craft compelling answers for why you’re the best candidate for the role.

Workbook Activities

This lesson covers page 11 in the Interviewing Deep Dive Workbook. You can also use the Take Notes widget to complete these activities.


1. You will want to practice answering common interview questions prior to your interview. This will help you feel more comfortable and confident! To help you practice, first identify and write out common interview questions for your career field and industry. If you are unsure of what common interview questions are, ask your network!


2. Randomly select a question and record your answer to it.


3. Review your recording. Make some notes on how well you answered the question. Did you actually answer the question? How long did you speak for? What could you improve upon when answering the question? It can be helpful to also get some feedback from friends or family. With the feedback in mind, continue practicing and preparing!

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