How to ace common (and curveball) interview questions

With all the uncertainty and so much on the line, job interviews can be tough. The best… more ISTOCK (ASISEEIT)

With all the uncertainty and so much on the line, job interviews can be tough. The best… more

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You applied for your dream job at a Fortune 500 company, and they want to meet you in person. Now comes the part that trips up many candidates: How to respond to those unpredictable interview questions?

A survey by staffing firm Accountemps found that hiring managers tend to stick to a few tried-and-true queries, with an occasional curveball thrown in to keep you on your toes. Most interviewers start with something along the lines of “Tell me about yourself.”

That’ll take up the first five minutes. But how do you prepare for the rest of the interview?

I spoke with Bill Driscoll, district president for Accountemps. An expert in recruiting and hiring, Driscoll shed light on some common — and not-so-common — interview questions, as well as other interview tips for landing the job you want.