How to answer your interview questions.

It may sound obvious but your answers to interview questions help form a potential employer's first impressions of you. This is as much about how you answer the questions as it is about what you answer.

Your interview answers will help fill the gaps on your work experience, attitude and personality that have not been touched on or fully explored in your CV. Since you've made it to the interview stage of the hiring process, you'll want to offer answers that are clear and concise, but also offer some insight into your personality. 

prepare answers for common interview questions

Employers will often select several basic interview questions to ask applicants. These range from open-ended queries about your life and work in general to what you're seeking in the role you applied for. Answers for questions such as these can be thought about beforehand, giving you the advantage of being well-prepared in the interview.

A good point of reference for your interview questions will be your CV. However, instead of quoting from it, you'll want to use your answers to expand their understanding of your experience and suitability for the job. You can also think of anecdotes that will illustrate your understanding of the role or how to demonstrate your effectiveness in difficult situations.

However, while preparation is always recommended, you should avoid having your interview answers come across as scripted or unnatural.

answers for difficult interview questions

Most interviewers will ask at least a few tougher questions to gauge how you approach the answers. Answers such as why you left a job or how you deal with disagreeable co-workers must be handled tactfully, and you should always try to come to a positive ending.