Few things can make people quite as nervous as looking for a new job and answering job interview questions. How bad the interview is depends a lot on the interviewer and his or her style. You need to keep in mind that very few people who give job interviews are actually skilled at it. Some have a very distinct style and know exactly what they’re after. Those people are few and far between, however.
Most people giving job interviews are doing it simply because someone has to and they are the ones with the least pressing schedules. Few people enjoy giving interviews and dread them just as much as people who have to go to the interviews. Do your interviewer a favor and make a good impression by answering job interview questions like a pro.
The first thing to do is be prepared for surprise questions. There’s a question everyone hates to get which is, “why should I hire you?” Really think about how you’ll answer that question and practice it. There’s no harm in rehearsing as if someone just asked you. You can do it on your own or have a friend help you so they can give you feedback about how confident you sounded answering the question.
Be prepared for questions from some interviewers that are designed to stump you. Think about how you’ll answer questions about what your best and worst qualities are. You may be asked what you disliked about your previous job so come up with something that’s reasonable but doesn’t give the impression that you’re downing or knocking your former employer. If you’re asked why you should be chosen over someone else with perhaps more qualifications, rehearse what she’ll say so you don’t look at the interviewer with wide eyes. The more confident you appear and the more rehearsed you are answering job interview questions, the better impression you’ll make.