Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles How to Answer Interview Questions. One of the keys to getting a job is knowing how to answer the interviewer's questions confidently and convincingly. You will need a list of questions and answers, a resume, practice, determination, positive thinking, and self-confidence. Optional: a computer and internet access. Step 1. Prepare for the interview by coming up with a list of questions you may be asked. Write down your answers and rehearse for the interview, preferably with a family member or friend. Many sites on the internet provide guidance for answers to the most common and challenging questions. Step 2. Learn as much as you can about the company. Get a better feel for who they are, what they are looking for, and how to tailor your answers to support the position they want to fill. Step 3. Smile and use body language and tone of voice to project interest, confidence, consideration, and sincerity. Step 4. Answer general questions about yourself or previous jobs in a positive manner. Focus on training and experiences that relate to the job you're applying for. Step 5. Be prepared to explain why you left a position. Be positive, honest, and brief. Emphasize your desire for more challenges and growth. Never speak negatively about previous supervisors, co-workers, or organizations. A perceived lack of loyalty reflects poorly on you. Step 6. Put a positive spin on how you spent your time during periods of unemployment. For example, while job hunting, you took classes, volunteered, or consulted on projects. Step 7. When asked, give specific examples of your strengths that relate to the position. Briefly give an example of a weakness and then discuss the strategies you've taken to overcome or compensate for it. Step 8. Be ready to explain why they should hire you. Highlight your skills, experience, and attributes that are key to the position. Describe how you would be an asset to the organization. Did you know Actor Jim Carrey started out as a janitor, Danny DeVito as a hairdresser, and Chris Rock as a busboy at a Red Lobster franchise.