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Preparing for your upcoming interview but don’ know from where to start? Sit back and relax, today we are going to discuss how to answer the 31 most common interview questions that would help you out in getting your dream job. Keep reading).
Common Interview Questions
- Let me know something about yourself
- How did you hear about the position?
- What do you know about the company?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why should we hire you?
- What are your greatest professional strengths?
- What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
- What is your greatest professional achievement?
- Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
- Where do you see yourself in five years?
- What’s your dream job?
- What other companies are you interviewing with?
- Why are you leaving your current job?
- Why were you fired?
- What are you looking for in a new position?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- What’s your management style?
- What’s a time you exercised leadership?
- What’s a time you disagreed with a decision that was made at work?
- How would your boss and co-workers describe you?
- Why was there a gap in your employment?
- Can you explain why you changed career paths?
- How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
- What would your first 30, 60, or 90 days look like in this role?
- What are your salary requirements?
- If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- How many tennis balls can you fit into a limousine?
- Are you planning on having children?
- What do you think we could do better or differently?
- Do you have any questions for us?
Common Interview Questions and Answers
Q1). Let me know something about yourself
Explain the interviewer 2-3 specific accomplishments or experiences that you most want the interviewer to know about but never give your complete employment (or personal) history.
Q2). How did you hear about the position?
No matter from where you discovered the company, either it could be through a friend or professional contact, through an event or article, or a random job portal, share it and explain why you were so excited about it.
Q3). What do you know about the company?
Answer in a manner that shows you understand the company’s goals, using a couple of keywords and phrases from the website, but then go on to make it personal.
Q4). Why do you want this job?
Share why you love the company and identify a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you.
Q5). Why should we hire you?
Make interviewer believe that you can deliver great results; that you’ll really fit in with the team and culture.
Q6). What are your greatest professional strengths?
Share your true strengths that are most targeted to this particular position and not those you think the interviewer wants to hear.
Q7). What do you consider to be your weaknesses?
Explain interviewer of something that you struggle with but that you’re working to improve.
Q8).What is your greatest professional achievement?
Explain the situation and the task that you were required to complete to provide the interviewer with background context and what you achieved.
Q9). Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
Share how you handled the situation professionally and productively, and ideally closing with a happy ending.
Q10). Where do you see yourself in five years?
Think realistically and answer honestly about where this position could take you an answer along those lines
Q11). What’s your dream job?
Talk about your aims and ambitions and explain how this job will get you closer to them.
Q12). What other companies are you interviewing with?
Answer it in a way that you are exploring a number of other similar options in the company’s industry.
Q13). Why are you leaving your current job?
Answer in such a manner that shows that you’re eager to take on new opportunities.
Q14). Why were you fired?
Be honest but make sure it doesn’t have to be a deal-breaker. Try to position the learning experience as an advantage for this next job.
Q15). What are you looking for in a new position?
Be specific. Answer that, you are looking for the same things that this position has to offer.
Q16). What type of work environment do you prefer?
Be specific. Ideally, it should be one that’s similar to the environment of the company you’re applying to.
Q17). What’s your management style?
Share a couple of your best managerial moments like how you tend to approach your employee relationships as a coach.
Q18). What’s a time you exercised leadership?
Share with the interviewer, how you were a leader in this situation and how it represents your overall leadership experience and potential.
Q19). What’s a time you disagreed with a decision that was made at work?
Let the interviewer know where your actions made a positive difference in the work-related outcome of the situation
Q20). How would your boss and co-workers describe you?
Be honest and focus on explaining your strong work ethic and traits you haven’t discussed in other aspects of the interview.
Q21). Why was there a gap in your employment?
Be direct and let them know that you were indulged into mind-enriching activities, like blogging or taking classes.
Q22). Can you explain why you changed career paths?
Explaining by giving a few examples of how your past experience is transferrable to the new role.
Q23). How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
Share an example of a stressful situation you navigated with ease and how you let on in a productive, positive manner.
Q24). What would your first 30, 60, or 90 days look like in this role?
Add immediate impact—and that you’re excited to get started by explaining the areas where you think you can make meaningful contributions right away.
Q25). What are your salary requirements?
Research sites like Payscale and Glassdoor to know the expectations based on your experience, education, and skills.
Q26). If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?
Pick the answer that helps you share your strengths or personality or connect with the hiring manager.
Q27). What do you like to do outside of work?
It’s completely up to you that to open up discussion your hobbies but keep it semi-professional, though.
Q28). How many tennis balls can you fit into a limousine?
Just demonstrate your curiosity, logical analysis, and clear communication—not come up with the exact, perfect calculations.
Q29). Are you planning on having children?
An answer like). I’m not quite there yet. But I am much interested in the job role of your company. Can we talk more about the job responsibilities?
Q30). What do you think we could do better or differently?
Come with new ideas. Share your thoughts, and let them know what changes would you love to see, show how your interests and expertise would lend themselves to the job.
Q31). Do you have any questions for us?
Ask interviewer about the new products or plans for growth and even his/her favorite part about working here.
All the best for your upcoming interview! Prepare well!