Job interviews can be challenging, but they don’t have to be. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew in advance what your interviewer was going to ask you? Unfortunately, we can’t tell you with certainty, but to assist you, we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions that you’re likely to be asked.
This blog post will help you prepare for your job interview by looking at the top 50 common job interview questions and answers to help you get your next job. A lot goes into preparing for a job interview, and this post does not address everything. Still, it does go over the essentials of how to respond to each question.
Let’s dive straight into the questions and answers
1. Tell me a little about yourself
Most likely, this is the first question you will be asked. Your interviewer wants to know why you are the best candidate for the job. They are probably looking for information on your non-work-related interests and experiences, such as a favourite hobby or a brief explanation of where you grew up, your schooling, and what inspires you.
One way to entice a potential employer is to give them compelling facts about yourself. As a sample answer, you might say, “My name is Abena, and I have ten years of experience as an accountant. I grew up in the small town of Tema, where my parents still reside, and I am inspired by their hard work ethic. My favourite hobby is biking.”
Don’t ramble; this isn’t your autobiography. Keep it concise and on-point.
2. Why are you the best person for the job?
Prepare to defend why you are the most exemplary candidate for the position if you are the most qualified applicant.
Answer the question with a compelling, clear, and focused sales pitch that explains what you have to offer and why you should be hired. It’s a good idea to review the job description’s requirements and credentials at this point so that you can write a response that matches the requirements outlined in the position’s description.
3. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
This is a difficult question to answer. If you want to demonstrate that you are enthusiastic and ambitious, speak about your career goals in broad terms. This will show that you are not satisfied with the present situation but eager to make sacrifices for greater success by asking for a promotion or additional responsibilities at your current company.
The right way to answer this question is to make sure that your 5-year plan fits with the company’s goals and ambitions. Make sure you demonstrate that you are ambitious and are willing to work hard to achieve the company’s goals.
4. Out of all the candidates, why should we hire you?
There are many job candidates with similar training and experience. Hiring managers not only want to know how you’re qualified to do the job, but they also want to hire someone who wants the job. Answering this job interview question well is not easy, but there are several points you can make:
- Who else is going through the same rigour and scrutiny as you?
- Who else has your level of understanding of company strategy and what needs to be done for it to succeed?
- Who else puts their total effort into developing practical and useful strategies and creating action plans?
- Who else has your level of commitment and passion for the job?
- And finally, who else can bring about a change in their department or company culture like you would be able to do if they hired you?
Remember that it’s important to show hiring managers why they should hire you when answering the question. It is not enough to talk about job skills and responsibilities. You have to show the hiring manager that you have a personal interest in this job, which no one else can offer.
5. How did you learn about the opening?
There are a lot of ways to look for a job. Job boards, general ads, online advertisements, and job fairs are all familiar places to find a job, so this isn’t a tricky question to answer.
You want to avoid giving the impression that you were just browsing around and open to taking any job that you could get. Don’t just tell how you discovered the position. Demonstrate that you learned about the job from a colleague, a previous employer, or through the firm. Explain why you’re so enthusiastic about this position and want to work for this firm.
Companies do not want to hire people who only want a job; they want people who want to work for THEM.
6. Why do you want to work for us?
The job market is tough, and there are a lot of job seekers out there. Just having the skills to do the job doesn’t mean that you will be successful in getting it.
Showing your interest in working for this particular company indicates that you’ve looked into their company culture and principles, as well as what they want from future employees. Point out qualities about the firm and the job opening that you appreciate. You might mention things like diversity, work climate, or how they benefit the local communities.
Show them how your abilities and talents can help them achieve their future objectives and why you are the ideal candidate for the position. The more detailed you can be about how you would thrive at the company and meet a need, the better. Don’t be hesitant to explain why you are so eager to work there!
7. What do you consider to be your biggest professional achievement?
The most crucial element of this job interview question is why it’s a success – was it the scope of the challenge that made resolving it so tough? Did others fail to notice or not care about the problem you helped them with (or with them)? Or maybe after working hard, something finally came together and reached some kind of resolution. Perhaps you published a paper or gave an interview about your solution on TV.
Consider situations such as how you resurrected an underperformer, how you overcame departmental infighting, or how many of your direct reports have been promoted. Companies want motivated employees who are enthusiastic about what they do and driven to achieve, so communicate your excitement for the position by focusing on why it’s a success.
Showing hiring managers that you know how to deal with issues effectively will make them more likely to hire you. The goal is to demonstrate your skills to provide the interviewer with an image of who you are and what you’re capable of.
8. Discuss your CV
This is one of the most common job interview questions. The best response to questions like this is to stress the positive aspects of your experience. You can then refer to any additional information or experiences about yourself relevant to hiring you for this role. If there are any ‘unusual’ aspects to your career journey, now is an excellent time to address them in a way that looks good for you. This is better than having the interviewer bring them up later.
When responding to questions like this one during a job interview, it’s critical not to focus on how many jobs you’ve done or where you did them. Instead, emphasise why you picked those employment experiences and how they have improved you as a stronger candidate for this position.
It’s crucial to demonstrate your aptitude for change and desire to take on different responsibilities when applying for a job, so don’t hesitate to explain what makes your CV unique.
9. Tell me about the last time a co-worker or customer got angry with you. What happened?
In job interviews, candidates are often asked to share stories from their previous job or roles that may suggest an important trait for the job they’re interviewing for.
Practically speaking, this question can be interpreted differently depending on which behaviours an employer hopes to assess.
While there’s no perfect answer to this interviewing question, there are some best practices job seekers should keep in mind when framing their response:
- Be helpful! Rather than being defensive and coming up with excuses for why it wasn’t really your fault, think about what you could have done differently. Share your ideas, and you might even prevent the same thing from happening to someone else.
- Keep it positive! Even if you were at fault, think about how your behaviour helped resolve things and improved afterwards. Maybe there was an instance where you got ahead of yourself but quickly corrected course once someone brought something to your attention? Employers want employees that are quick on their feet and can make the best of a bad situation.
- Be humble! It’s easy to be self-deprecating and appear modest when you’ve failed at something. Still, job seekers should avoid this unless their behaviour was truly egregious (in which case they shouldn’t include it in their answer anyway). Even if your actions were subpar, frame your response in a way that shows how you’ve grown since then.
When a team works hard to do things, conflict is inevitable. Sometimes, the best way to solve a problem is just to admit you’re wrong and take responsibility. That’s what employers want from their employees – someone with integrity who can communicate effectively in challenging situations so that problems don’t get out-of-hand or, worse yet, become a legend.
Taking responsibility for your actions means you avoid blaming other people for your mistakes. This character trait shows good leadership abilities.
10. Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
This is a great opportunity for you to tell a compelling story. The best stories will usually involve the job candidate doing something they weren’t employed to do or going well beyond their job description.
Your answer should describe the project, acknowledge that your employer’s resources were stretched thin, and objectively detail what you did to contribute. Make it clear that your involvement made it possible for someone else to complete their job task. You’ll want to offset this with something like: “I was definitely over-qualified for my previous role, so I jumped at the opportunity.”
11. Describe your dream job
Keep your answer specific to the job you’re interviewing for. If you are interviewing for a freelance or contract job, focus on why this job would be perfect for you and what your strengths translate to in the workplace.
However, that does not mean you must fabricate an ideal job. Every job teaches you something. Every job allows you to learn new talents. So work backwards: Identify aspects of the job you’re interviewing for that will help you land your dream career someday. Then, explain how those aspects connect to what you intend to accomplish eventually.
And don’t be afraid to admit that you may one day leave, whether to join another company or, better yet, to establish your own. Employers no longer expect employees to stay with them “forever.”
12. Why do you want to leave your current job?
Let’s start with what we shouldn’t say. Don’t talk about how difficult your employer is. Don’t complain about not getting along with others at work. Don’t speak badly about the company you currently work for.
Instead, acknowledge the difficult situation but concentrate on the benefits of the change. Discuss what you want to accomplish. Discuss what you wish to learn. Discuss how you want to grow, what you want to achieve, and how a move will benefit you and your new organisation.
Saying bad things about your current workplace will only show them that you will someday say terrible things about their company.
13. What kind of work environment do you like best?
You should answer this job interview question in an environment that matches your personality and job qualifications. If you’re answering without previous job experience, say something like, “I enjoy a work environment where I can be creative in my job responsibilities and feel free to take risks in keeping with the company’s goal.”
If you have work experience under your belt, name specific tasks about which position interests you the most. As a sample answer: “I love working on one particular aspect of [company] such as establishing relationships with clients or managing inventory,” or “I’m very well-organised, so I would really enjoy a desk job because it will keep me well-mannered.” This helps hiring managers get an idea of what kind of employee they are hiring.
14. Tell me about the toughest decision you had to make in the last six months
This question tests the candidate’s ability to think critically, work independently, solve problems, and be self-reliant. A good answer shows your ability to make an analytical or reasoning-based decision, such as analysing mountains of data to find the best solution to an issue.
A great answer demonstrates your ability to make a difficult interpersonal decision or even a challenging data-driven one that involves interpersonal considerations and repercussions.
It should be noted that job interviews are not just about job knowledge. To get the job, you need to show the interviewer what type of person you are and how well your soft skills would align with their job requirements. As a sample answer, when thinking about the question, you should take some time to think through all aspects of this situation and present a thoughtful response. You can show how this decision affected your team or other important stakeholders.
What were all your options – and what would happen if only one option was implemented? Were there risks involved either way? What could have been done differently?
Once you have outlined the scenario and the decision you ultimately made, you should close your answer with, “It was tough to make the decision because I had limited information, and not all of it pointed in the same direction. But after weighing my options carefully, I came up with a plan that made me feel confident.”
Decisions made based on data are critical, but the decisions themselves affect people. Great candidates consider all sides of an issue before making a decision
15. What is your leadership style?
There are several ways you can answer this question.
First, you should give an example. By describing your current role and how you’ve excelled in it, it’s easier to show what type of leader you see yourself as and the qualities you already display. For instance: “I like making decisions quickly, and without input from others, I like solving problems on my own, and I am very decisive.”
Asking questions and providing solutions is also essential because it shows that you’re proactive, both desirable traits for many leaders. “I focus on gathering any information possible before making a decision, so I’m sure I will be able to solve the problem quickly. I also try to be sure the decision isn’t just based on my opinion but that it takes others’ input into consideration.”
You should then explain why you are a great team leader. What traits do people find appealing about you? This is where you have an opportunity to brag, especially if they’re already working in leadership roles or have been recognised for their leadership abilities. As a sample answer, you might consider saying: “I’ve been told I’m good at problem-solving and giving clear instructions,” or “My employees have mentioned that they enjoy working with me because I am a great communicator.”
Finally, you should explain what type of leader you aspire to be. Don’t just say you aspire to be a good leader now. Show the interviewer that you’re ready for more responsibility and have been working towards it throughout your career, regardless of the job title or scope of the job you are interviewing for.
“I am a collaborative leader who believes in teamwork as well as individual achievement.”
“My leadership style is based on my ability to inspire and motivate those around me.”
“I aspire to be a visionary leader who can guide others through complex problems while demonstrating the value of teamwork.”
16. Tell me about a time you disagreed with a decision. What did you do?
Nobody is always in agreement on everything. People have different views, and disagreements are expected and sometimes acceptable. However, conflicts may, on occasion, result in unethical, immoral, or illegal behaviour.
When it comes to these situations, we must be adaptable and make decisions while supporting them professionally. It is critical to bring up concerns that positively or even support a terrible option if we do not feel strongly enough to argue against it.
To answer the question, you could bring up a time you disagreed with workplace policies and your strategy for voicing your concerns; or a time you didn’t agree with the direction of an assignment but overcame the disappointment to complete it anyway. Practice answering this question aloud before your interview, as it is important to deliver well.
Every business needs employees who are open, honest, and upfront about their issues and challenges and rally around a choice, no matter if they disagree.
17. How would other people describe you?
Many job interview questions that come up are very softball questions to find out what kind of person you are, so let’s focus on those.
Your job interviewer may be asking you, “What would other people say about you?” for three different reasons:
- they want to hear examples of your professional strengths
- they want to know how well rounded your skill set is (it sounds ridiculous, but employers get spooked when someone only excels at one thing)
- They’re testing to see how comfortable you are with yourself because if you don’t think highly of yourself, they may not want to hire you.
Be careful with your answer and focus on what makes you happy, unique, and special without sounding cocky or arrogant – job interviews are all about humility.
Here’s a great sample answer: “My friends would say that I am a patient and reliable worker, who can persevere through stressful job situations. When I am passionate about a project or work ethic, it can be hard to detach myself from the goal at hand.
I think that sums up my professional strengths as well as some of my weaknesses too! “
18. What are some of your leadership experiences?
You don’t need management experience to have leadership skills. For entry-level roles, think about an example when you took on a team role but performed smoothly as a leader and showed your capabilities in this area.
If you’ve had a leadership role, great! Make sure to include how large the team was and what the project entailed.
19. What can we expect from you in your first three months?
Here is a helpful framework to try and apply to your answer:
- You’ll think hard about how your job creates value. You won’t just do busywork, you’ll do important things.
- You will learn how to serve everyone. You will help your boss, your colleagues, customers, suppliers, and so on.
- If you’re hired, you’ll do what you’re good at. You’ll work hard to make things happen.
- You will make a difference. Customers will like you, and other employees will also like you. You can bring enthusiasm and focus to the company, plus a sense of commitment and teamwork.
20. Do you have any questions for me?
As the interview comes to a close, you have an opportunity to ask any questions you may have – and this is your chance to find out more about the career you’ve been desperate to learn more about – so if you’ve been wondering what the working environment is like or whether you’d be capable of handling the job’s daily tasks, now is the
When writing interview questions to ask employers, keep in mind that they should appear genuine and that you should be genuinely interested in the position and firm.
21. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
It’s best to answer this job interview question by discussing weaknesses that can easily be improved upon, such as improving your skillsets, acquiring new job experience, or enhancing your social skills. It’s also crucial to emphasise how these shortcomings are connected to the job and its requirements (i.e., being more proactive, having a more extensive network of connections).
Remember, they’re not asking for a laundry list of negative attributes, so keep in mind the importance of painting a positive picture.
22. Why Do You Want This Job?
The job interview question “Why do you want this job?” is to find out if the applicant has any ulterior motives or personal reasons for wanting to work for the company. This might be a pay increase, regular schedule, better benefits, a chance at advancement in the company, etc. Put your focus on what excites you about working for this particular employer. Do not go into details that may come up during an interview about why it’s a meagre paying job that comes with a commute of over an hour each way every day.
The best general approach would be to try and think of a couple of reasons you’re considering applying for this job opportunity related to what’s important in your life right now – maybe salary prospects, job stability, work/life balance, etc.
What is it about this particular employer or position that appealed to me? How will I make good use of my skill set at this job opportunity? What are the learning opportunities here, and how does this relate to my long-term career goals? These questions (and many more) need to be considered to help you feel confident in your answer.
23. Are you willing to relocate?
If you’re not willing to relocate for job opportunities, don’t say no outright. Instead, offer that relocation is negotiable on your end. Point out the following benefits of job relocation: improving job prospects, accessing different career avenues or more opportunities in general; boosting income; expanding network; acquiring new skills/experiences; etc.
Some job seekers can actually negotiate their compensation packages to include a signing bonus right off the bat. Some offer at least some form of contribution (incentive) towards relocating expenses and travel costs associated with out-of-state endeavours.
24. How Has Your Experience Prepared You for This Role?
Make a comprehensive list of your skills and compare them to the job description’s requirements before the interview. For example, suppose you’re applying for an administrative assistant job. Your list includes proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software. In that case, this is where to mention that skill. The interviewer will look at how well the job description matches what you bring to the table, so it’s important to highlight any transferable skills included on your CV that are listed in the job description.
25. Why Are You Leaving Your Job?
It’s important to be straightforward and provide a job-related reason for leaving a job. Nonetheless, stay positive about your reasons for leaving, even if you had a tough time. If it was due to lack of opportunity or growth, then you can mention that. On the other hand, if it was because the company disbanded or laid off staff, then talk about how you’re taking this job as an opportunity to build on your skill set and explore new avenues/opportunities! Employers want interviews to go smoothly, so try not to give them any negative feedback unless they specifically ask for more details on why YOU left the job!
26. How would you deal with an angry customer?
- Encourage the customer to calm down. If they are still yelling, ask them what they need to make it right for them.
- Listen empathically and respectfully while keeping your composure under control.
- Find out how you can help by asking open-ended questions about the nature of their complaint, all without getting defensive or argumentative.
- Offer specific options-without risking other mistakes that will just inflame tensions even more-about how you plan on solving the problem or compensating them for any losses incurred due to your error/conflict/etc…
27. What Is Your Greatest Strength?
When answering this question, it’s essential to talk about personal characteristics that make you suitable for the job. These may include qualities such as good interpersonal skills, energy levels, attention to detail, etc. Also, be specific qualities such as being organised will need more description than ‘good organisational skills. The interviewer can then judge whether these strengths suit the job role they’re recruiting for.
Remember to “show” rather than “tell”. For example, rather than claiming that you are a great problem solver, share a story that proves this, preferably using an anecdote from your professional experience.
28. Who are our competitors?
This is a simple research question. Always be aware of the company’s immediate competitors and be prepared to explain why you picked this opportunity rather than one with a rival.
Suppose this is a job interview for a sales position. In that case, you should mention some of the company’s direct and indirect buyers that provide competition in the region you sell in. For some fields and professions, such as an accountant or recruiter, their job is to find and target customers for the company, saying “indirect competition”.
These companies make similar products with varying quality levels. As a sample answer, suppose you’re interviewing for a job at Best Buy electronics store. In that case, your direct competitor might be Apple because their electronics are similar, but they offer different product qualities overall.
These companies offer products that indirectly compete with the job you’re interviewing for. As a sample answer, suppose your job is in a retail store. In that case, indirect competitors could be grocery stores that offer different products and lower prices than what’s sold at Best Buy.
29. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
It’s a job interview question that nearly every candidate gets asked. The best way to handle this question is to prepare an answer, ideally about a job-related biggest weakness. You overcame the issue with hard work and develop skills in response.
If you can’t think of a job-related weakness, then come up with an honest answer about something outside work. As a sample answer, maybe you’ve never been very good at public speaking but took steps to overcome this by taking acting lessons.
30. Who is your mentor?
An easy answer to this job interview question is a mentor who helped you through a job-related challenge or introduced you to the job opportunity. Keep it brief, don’t go too in-depth about your relationship with them and share an example of how they’ve been a good mentor for you.
If there are no mentors, just tell them that you have learned from numerous people through the job and career field. They should take this as a sign that you’re humble and won’t just get help from others without giving back at some point.
You can also discuss someone, not in your profession who has mentored you in all aspects of your life, such as a teacher, sports coach, career coach, or family member. Perhaps a friend who has supported and encouraged positive changes in your life until you could grow into the job role you were interviewed for.
31. How Do You Handle Stress and Pressure?
When work does not go as intended, what do you do? How do you react to tense circumstances? The employer is concerned with how you respond to job pressure.
The best way to answer this question is to explain how you successfully dealt with stress in a previous role. As a sample answer, maybe you had to work under a tight deadline or with limited resources. You could also talk about how you stayed calm in high-pressure job situations by remaining focused and staying organised.
Suppose you do not have job experience related to this question. In that case, it is acceptable to talk about how you successfully handle stress in your personal life. You could mention a hobby or sport where you stay active and maintain focus under pressure.
32. What Are Your Salary Expectations?
This is important question to prepare for because it will help you to negotiate with the company. You should be prepared for this question. Here are a few tips on how to navigate this question.
Tip #1 – Savvy Candidates Figure Out Salary Range from Job Advertisement
Look at the job requirements, then visit websites that have jobs with those requirements. It will tell you how much people are being paid. If you can’t find this information, ask someone who knows the right salary for your job.
Tip #2 – Ask About Salary Range and Benefits Package
If you know the job pays a set salary (let’s say $50,000), ask whether there are any benefits or bonuses attached to that job, like matching pension contributions or profit-sharing. If so, your base salary will likely be lower than a job advertised without benefits or bonuses.
On the flip side, if there aren’t any perks attached to the job but you know that other companies typically pay $50,000 for a job like this (with bonuses and profit-sharing), ask them what salary range they are willing to offer along with which benefits package is available. This way you will know if you can work with their job offer or not.
Tip #3 – Ask for a Range Instead of Exact Salary
If the interviewer doesn’t know your job requirements well enough to give you specifics about salary and benefits, ask them what average salary they expect someone in this position could make (with bonuses). Then take that number ($50,000) and add $15,000 to it. This is a standard job seeker tactic during salary negotiations. If you ask for the job at their highest possible rate (in this case, $65,000), they will likely counter something closer to what they’re offering ($50k).
Salary negotiations can be tricky business, but having an idea about what someone should pay or making sure your benefits package is acceptable will help ease this job interview question successfully.
33. What Are Your Career Goals?
Do you switch jobs frequently? Do you intend to stay with the firm for the long haul? What path would you want your career to take? Are your future goals in line with this job’s typical career track for someone hired for it?
Your career goals should demonstrate that you plan to stay with this firm for the long term and are willing to go down the same road as everyone else hired for this position. Respond by saying something like:
- I definitely plan on staying with this job for a long time. I see myself growing and developing my skills here, advancing in the company, and eventually becoming a manager of some sort over time.
- I plan on growing my job into other positions in the future, so this job will be just one step towards achieving long term career goals.
- I have 10 years left in my career, so I plan on sticking around until retirement day!
34. What motivates you at work?
This question is designed to determine what your current motivations are and what your future desires might be.
You should provide a response that shows motivation for the job or industry you are applying for. You may want to explain how this job aligns with your personal values and why it provides an exciting opportunity for growth. Keep in mind that this answer could help determine whether or not you are a desirable candidate for the job – so take it seriously.
An excellent way to approach this question is by assessing how you feel about certain aspects of the company or organisation where you are interviewing – do they have high moral standards, increased job security, job stability, and enjoyable work environment? Focusing on what you like about the company and how it aligns with your values will help explain why you are motivated to apply for that particular job.
35. What was your biggest failure?
It’s important to have a response ready for this job interview question to show your employer that you are an experienced professional who has learned from past mistakes. Here are a few examples of responses to this question:
- I tried something new with my product branding only to find that it didn’t work. Once I realised my mistake, I changed directions, shifted resources and came up with a recipe for success!
- I should have asked for help sooner when the project got too big to handle on my own. It would’ve saved us a lot of time if we had started earlier with more resources available.
- I took on more job responsibility than ever before and didn’t realise how much stress that would cause me until it was too late. I should have asked for help earlier to make sure everything was taken care of before it got too out of control!
Don’t be pessimistic. Be truthful, but focus on how you responded and recovered, as well as the long-term lessons you learned as a result.
36. What makes you unique?
Asking what makes you unique is a job interview question that requires some serious thought. Still, thankfully there are plenty of good responses! One way to answer the question is by thinking about anything that sets you apart from other job interview candidates. Here are some examples:
– I have experience in a different field
– I just learned a new language and am excited to use it at my job
– I have a background in farming, where I learned a wealth of knowledge about soil conditions that most landscapers simply don’t have
Think of something you are passionate about or that makes you stand out from the crowd – being creative is vital.
37. What questions haven’t I asked you?
If you’re still reading and applying some of the tips, then you’re working hard to prepare for your interview. You’re likely hoping some of your favourite questions come up so you can share your carefully crafted answer.
Well, this question offers you a chance to share your most potent points for the questions the interviewer didn’t ask. Don’t spend too much time running through a long list. Pick the best two or three and really make it count.
38. Describe yourself in 3 words.
It can be tough to describe yourself with only 3 words, but try thinking about it from the perspective of the job interviewer. They want to know what you think makes you a great candidate for this job. Here is a high-level approach that you can use to answer this question.
“This job is perfect for me because….”
1) “I’m really driven.”
2) “I have a lot of experience with __________ .”
3) “After college, I served as a military officer.”
4) “I’m really organised.”
5) “In my job now, I have been successful in solving problems quickly by thinking outside of the box.”
39. Tell me about this gap in your employment?
There are a variety of reasons why job seekers might have job gaps. It could be anything, from changing careers paths to taking care of family members or even simply spending some time travelling! Whatever the reason is, try to make it an exciting life story job interviewers will want to hear. Be sure to highlight job-related skills you learned during your time away from work.
40. Why were you fired?
You want to be honest in your job interview answers. There are no set guidelines for answering the tricky job question ‘Why were you fired?’
Ask yourself what was going on at that company when you left? You don’t have to badmouth other employees or talk badly about a boss other than politely confirming that it didn’t work out. And avoid clichéd phrases like “I wanted a change.” It doesn’t matter if the job was old and boring, your quality of work was poor or not as expected – try an answer like “I had mixed feelings about leaving, but I’m glad I got the opportunity.”
As a sample answer, the company was having some financial difficulties, and they were looking for ways to cut back. I understood that it wasn’t personal, but I felt like my job was being threatened, so I decided to look around for other opportunities.”
41. Would you work holidays/weekends?
If you are up for working some weekends and holidays, say, “I am willing to work some weekends and holidays as long as the job is important.” If it is not something that will impact your job performance or attendance, and you would prefer not to, specify so. If you cannot attend due to religious obligations or conflicts with other job responsibilities, politely answer no.
42. When Were You Most Satisfied in Your Job?
It’s important to ask yourself what really makes you happy since job satisfaction is very subjective. Some people are more fulfilled by the impact they have on their environment or developing something new. In contrast, others are happier when they feel like they learn something new every day.
Look for job positions that give you a sense of personal fulfilment and choose an answer accordingly. You can also talk about how the job itself exceeded your expectations–what was challenging but satisfying? What were some obstacles that got overcome? What skills did you learn? The interviewer wants to hear all of these details to better understand what this job means to you individually.
- How satisfied are you with your current job?
- Are there any strong feelings or emotions attached to your career?
- What job situations made you the happiest and fulfilled?
- When were you proud of your work or a project at your job?
43. What makes you uncomfortable?
There are many reasons why people get uncomfortable at work. Still, some notable ones get mentioned more than others:
- Responsibility level
- Not working within your skillset
- Uncertainty about a career path or career growth
- Office politics
- Lack of organisation or unclear expectations in job duties
Does any single one stand out for you?
44. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
This is not a time to rant. Give a balanced response, including both positive and negative qualities. An interviewer wants honesty and experience, both positive and negative.
You could reply with: “I love working in this industry because I get to work on the latest tech.” Alternatively, you might say, “This industry can be very demanding at times, but it helps me build communication skills.” Either way, job seekers must share what they like or dislike about the industry.
45. How can we improve our product/service?
The job interviewer may be asking this question because they want to know where you think weak points or improvements could be made. Suppose you can articulate how the company’s product or service could be improved. In that case, it signals that you’re not just sitting around and waiting for your job to give it back to you but instead actively looking for opportunities.
- Engage with people on social media and see if they have any ideas
- Review customer feedback on review and testimonial websites
- Give suggestions about what parts of the process could be improved upon and how the business might do so (i.e. better software systems, more employee training)
46. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
The job interviewer may want to know how you respond to failure and/or handle feedback from your mistakes, so it’s best not to highlight personal failures that have led you down the wrong career path. If an example doesn’t come immediately to mind for this job interview question, think about when you felt guilty over something after the fact.
One way you might answer this question is by talking about what you learned from your mistake and how you corrected it: “When I misordered inventory one time, and we discovered we didn’t have enough product on hand at the end of the day during tax season, I realised the mistake was on my part for not double-checking. I spent more time studying our inventory process so that this won’t happen again.”
Mistakes and failures are a chance to turn a negative into a positive, so focus on how you reacted to an error and made an effort to put things right.
47. How do you prioritise your work?
Many job seekers are asked in job interviews how they prioritise their work. The job interview question has a straightforward answer: it depends on the specific job and the needs of the company, but typically prioritising one’s work would involve things like reviewing objectives and deadlines, checking turn-over times, identifying priorities and deadlines to avoid overlapping too many projects at once, branching out from day-to-day tasks and assigning people responsibilities.
Most importantly, though, making decisions about prioritising one’s job means determining what that means before it has happened. Many job seekers mistake simply responding with generic answers such as “I prioritise my work by deadlines” or that they don’t like working under pressure.
48. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
First and foremost, let’s define what “disagreed” means. Disagreeing with your boss could mean that you and your boss disagreed about how best to handle something or that you were communicating differently than what they would have liked.
- If it is not clear, ask the person interviewing you more about the question.
- Framing disagreement as a positive thing can show how agreeable you are.
- Make sure you don’t come across as argumentative or difficult to work with.
- Show that you can understand and accept another person’s point of view and that you try to avoid disagreement where possible. However, it may be necessary at times.
49. If You Were an Animal, Which One Would You Want to Be?
Don’t be surprised if you are asked strange interview questions. This type of psychological question is used by interviewers to test your ability to think rapidly.
If the interviewer seems genuinely interested, then go into detail about why you are drawn to that animal.
- Cows are kindhearted animals, so I would want to be a cow if I were an animal.
- Penguins have excellent job security on account of being adorable.
- Lions symbolise power and leadership, so they’re my first choice!
If that isn’t their intent, then it’s probably best to stick with something simple like “I’m not really sure.”.
50. What is the name of our CEO?
This is a basic question, so answer it with confidence. You need to demonstrate that you did your homework on this topic, so don’t disappoint them.
The job interview is an important step in the process of finding a new opportunity. It’s not always easy to know what you’re getting into, especially if it’s your first time interviewing for a job or other factors make it difficult for you. That’s why we put together this list of top 50 common interview questions and tips on how best to answer them so that you can be prepared when the big day finally arrives.
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