As we have mentioned previously, being able to interview well is one of those key skills that are absolutely necessary to be successful in any professional path, but also takes a significant amount of practice.
Sure, there are some very common questions that you can generally plan to be asked, such as “tell me about yourself,” and “what is your greatest strength and weakness?” But these seemingly common questions can serve an arguably greater purpose, which is to get you to think well and quickly in uncomfortable situations.
Since not many people have ample time to take on practice interviews just for the benefit of learning to answer or deflect typical interview questions, we’ve put together a fantastic flashcard deck of 102 Interview Questions you might be asked in an easy-to-use PDF format.
How do you use this flashcard deck successfully? It’s simple!
- Download the PDF file here.
- Open the file.
- Print the file (thicker paper works better than standard printer paper).
- Cut the flashcards out by following along the dotted lines (scissors are sharp, so ask a grown-up to help you).
- Practice with your flash cards.
You might be thinking to yourself, why do flashcards work so well?
Well the trick is something researchers call: spaced repetition, which (information about the phenomenon was first published in 1885 by Hermann Ebbinghaus) exploits a learning characteristic called: the spacing effect (not to be confused with the Spacing Guild).
According to spacing effect theory, humans and animals more easily remember or learn items in a list when they are studied a few times over a long period of time, rather than studied repeatedly in a short period time (cramming).
The recommended method for individuals to become most familiar with these types of questions would be to select ten (10) random flashcards and spend time throughout a single day reading the questions and developing good answers for those questions.
At the end of the day, have a friend or significant other ask you questions from those ten (10) flashcards and have them listen and evaluate your answers to each question. Try to keep your answers around one-minute (60 seconds) apiece.
On Day 2, pick ten (10) new questions and spend time throughout a single day reading the questions and developing good answers for those questions.
On Day 3, combine the questions from Day 1 and Day 2 and work your way though all twenty (20) of those questions.
On Day 4, rest. Do not work with your flash cards.
On Day 5, you should rework your first twenty (20) questions. They should look very familiar to you at this point.
Take days 6 & 7 off.
On Week 2, follow the same schedule as Week 1, but use ten (10) new questions on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 5, combine your questions from Weeks 1 & 2 and rework your way through all forty (40) questions.
In five (5) short weeks you will be very familiar and very comfortable with these types of questions and you will certainly see your interview skills improve dramatically.
Remember, the trick to this system is not to just memorize common interview questions, but to think of good, strategic answers that will help you win the opportunity.
Just be sure to never forget, like MacGyver, that with great power comes great responsibility.