The long wait is finally over. Who would have thought that after spending a couple of sleepless nights over a computer, searching for job openings and submitting hundreds of resumes, you will now reap the fruits of your labor?Well, it’s true.Your dream job is now only just an interview away. You must be really excited.

But before you get overwhelmed, how well do you know about interviewer’s mind-blogging questions?

Prepping Up for an Interview

After submitting hundreds of resumes, the next thing you desire is to get an interview. Job interviews are conducted to evaluate your interpersonal and communication skills. Thus, job interviews are a perfect opportunity to learn more about the company.

It’s inevitable to have jitters during an interview. After all, it’s difficult to anticipate what questions are going to be asked. According to Ramon Santillan, founder of Persuasive Interview, creating a list of potential questions and well thought-of answers would help reduce anxiety. Depending on the organization, interviews may be conducted by a recruitment consultant, HR manager, and/or line manager.

During an interview, hiring managers would ask questions to determine if your skills fit the job opening. Besides selection process, it also aims to build rapport through exchange of information and smart answers.

To help you overcome jitters, Resume Professional Writers reviews the top 3 most common and most crucial interview questions, and also some tips on how you should answer them:

1. What are your strengths?–While it’s difficult to discuss how you can be an asset to the company, it is important to show that you have a lot of attributes that can make a difference. You may answer this question by saying:

I am organized and efficient. My time management skills help me complete assigned tasks ahead of the deadline. Thus, I strive not only to provide quality service but also exceed clients’ expectations.

2. Based on your resume, you worked for X company for 3 years, I noticed you were not promoted? – There’s no better way to answer this question but to tell the truth. Whether the company closes due to economic downturn or you were not able to meet its standards, be honest in telling the hiring manager how this experience helped you set new career goals. You may answer the interviewer by saying:

X is a great company. However, due to economic downturn, I was laid off. Despite what happened, I strive to find better opportunities to help me achieve my goals. Though I wasn’t promoted from the previous company, I know it’s not too late to set new goals and work hard for it.

3. Why do you want this job? – This is another tricky question. While it’s easy to say that you only want to earn money and/or fulfill career goals, its more compelling to say:

Working for this company will be an opportunity to harness my abilities. I want this job because it is tailored to my competencies and will provide long-term accomplishments.

Indeed, interviews are challenging. However, with confidence and knowledge about company’s expectations, it would be easy to win the heart of the interviewer. For more career help tips, visit