There are as many definitions for a Traditional Interview as there are web sites on the internet. The basic idea is answering questions about yourself relaying factual information. You can search the topic and find literally hundreds of sample questions and answers. The bottom line is you need to be prepared for every possible question you can be asked. You should write them down and write responses. You should have multiple responses for each question.

It may seem overwhelming! Hundreds of questions with multiple answers could lead to an autobiography! Its not that bad. Once you get rolling, you will learn more about yourself and the answers will become easier and more intuitive.

Here are some recurring questions you will most ofter hear. The first few have some pointers on answers to get you thinking. Develop your own but be sure to answer the question in a manner the interview wants to hear.

Tell me about yourself – Be prepared, be confident, Show uniqueness, Show Humanity. Organize your life story. Know what makes you happy.

What is your greatest weakness: Be positive. I was a last minute person but got more organized. I am a perfectionist and can take too long but I’m working on it. I often get stuck serial processing but have learned to be better at multi-tasking.

What are your strengths:  I don’t just try to meet goals or deadlines but exceed. I am well organized. I work well under pressure. Be sure to relate to the job you are interviewing for.

Why do you want to work here: Reputation, growth, I like the people. It’s interesting. It seems like a fun place to work. The fun part is important. Happy employees are always better ones.

What have you learned from your mistakes: Be patient, give second chance, more than one solution

How do you handle stress: I don’t think about it and focus on the task. I try to prioritize. I take one step at a time.

Why are you leaving current job: Don’t speak negatively! Want more challenges. Looking for more growth opportunities. Not pigeon holed (be positive). If  at current position for a long time, want change of scenery. Stability. Re-structuring, cutting back, position eliminated. Try to avoid saying more money unless you are significantly underpaid and are familiar with the current job market/pay scale.

Why did you choose your major?

Why are you interested in this job?

What is your favorite game/sport? Why.

Why should I hire you?

Why shouldn’t I hire you?

What are your goals?

What are your expectations

What are your salary expectations. Be honest. Be prepared.

What do you like/dislike about your current job?

Do you take work home? There is no right answer here. Generally show Family and rest are important to a happy lifestyle. However, don’t be afraid to point out you will work extra to meet a critical deadline.

How many hours do you typically work in a week?

What is your typical work day like?

Do you check e-mail on vacation? Again, try to show Family and Vacations are important. But again, if the job you are applying for has time critical elements, it might be appropriate to sat aside a few minutes a few times a day to keep a critical job moving.

Do you use a planner or organization software?

How do you organize your work?

How do you deal with conflict?

How would a good friend describe you?

What do you do in your spare time?

What would you d if you found a brown paper bag with cash in it?

What would you do if you found a wallet with cash in it?

Why should I hire you?

What are your goals?

There are right and wrong ways to answer all of these types of questions. You want to practice the right ways while being clear, concise, and most of all, honest. You should be able to answer all these questions in just a minute or two each without boring the interviewer. Practice, Practice, Practice….