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How To Answer 15 Common Job Interview Questions

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

Got a job interview coming up? Here are sample answers to 15 common job interview questions, to inspire you! You can use these answers as templates and customize them with the specific details that suit your situation. The job-seeker in our example is interviewing for a Call Center Supervisor position.

Why do you want to work here?

I reached out to you because I read a story in the Herald-Gazette about your new call center opening up. I’ve been doing call center management for six years and I love it. I got one of your products as a gift at Christmas last year and I became an instant fan!

What was your last salary?

I’m focusing on jobs that pay in the $55K range, which is the prevailing salary around here for Call Center Supervisors with a few years of experience. Is that in line with your target range?

What’s your greatest weakness?

I used to worry a lot about my weaknesses, and I would have told you a few years ago that I was working to get better at numerical analysis and spreadsheets — the ‘quant’ side of business.


As I’ve gotten older I’ve realized more and more that I need to focus on my strengths and worry less about things that I’ll never be great at, like creating Excel spreadsheets. My strengths are in the areas of mentoring and leadership, team-building and interpersonal problem-solving — at least, that is what people tell me!

What’s your greatest strength?

The reason I got into call center supervision is because I like to teach people tricks and ideas that make their jobs easier and more fun. I love supervising. I’ve been told it’s a strength of mine. It’s pretty satisfying to inspire people to try things that at first they think are hard. You get to see them gaining confidence, and that’s a wonderful thing!

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