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The 3 most common questions during a job interview for recent graduates and young professionals

getty creative -- royalty free -- awkward interview, uncomfortable businessman, job interview, office, work, nervous, anxious, boss employee Just Shoot MeWhat are the questions you should expect during a job interview?

Interviews are very different from one another, but let us take a quick look at the most common questions faced by young graduates and professionals.

“Tell me about yourself”: Objectively, this is a very simple question; however, it often leaves people speechless. Begin to answer this question introducing who you are, (a student, graduate, a young professional with a specific role), indicate your academic path (not starting from elementary school!) and dwell upon your working experience or internships that are most significant; talk about the objectives you achieved and what you learned from that experience. Often, this question serves to possible employers to start getting to know the candidate in front of them and construct other questions.

“What are your strengths and weaknesses”:…

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It is not what you say, but how you say it.


The approach of an interview is always stressful, especially if it is the first time. Here we share some points that might seem obvious to some people, but very important to remember when meeting company representatives.

The first question most employers ask is, “Why should I hire you?” or “Why are you unique?”. They usually pose this question as an icebreaker, to get to know you and make your feel comfortable – who does not like to brag about oneself?:) . Try to keep your potential employer’s attention high by controlling your body language and the tone of your voice. Remember to keep it short and specific.

Moreover, an interview is one of the few opportunities you have to turn your weaknesses into strengths. In fact, try to use this question to your…

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Questions you should NOT ask during the first interview: tips for recent graduates!

weird interview questionsIt is quite normal wanting to know every single detail about a possible job position. However, there are certain questions that posed during the first interview, could be considered inappropriate and that might ruin your
first approach with the employer.

First, it is very important not to make obvious questions, whose answers could be easily found looking at the company website.

Besides this, it is essential to avoid questions that refer to the possible benefits you might have. Wait to receive an actual offer before you clarify your salary, vacation, and insurance. Once you have been offered the position, you can concord and negotiate these details with the employer.

Lastly, there is nothing worse than interviewing someone that speaks too much. A candidate who asks too many questions does not make a good first impression

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