Top 11 Common Interview Questions and How to Answer them

author Written by Amit Ghodasara November 7, 2019

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Job Interviews can be stressful, but if you knew the questions that the interviewer would ask you, wouldn't it be a boon?! Though we do not practice mind-reading or any kind of sorcery and we do not recommend mugging up answers for every interview question, but we do bring you a list of questions that are likely to be asked in an interview. So, consider this list, your interview question study guide for acing your next interview.

Can you tell me a little about yourself?

This is the simplest and one of the first questions asked in an interview yet people fail to prepare for it. Normally, when this question is asked, people give their whole employment or educational history, but the key is to pitch 2 to 3 accomplishments that show that you are fit for the applied job and end it with how those experiences will help you in this role.

What are your strengths?

For this question, make your answer very specific. For example, instead of saying you are a people person, you should be specific and say that you are great at building relationships and have good communication skills. Also, you can add an example where you used those skills in your previous work experience.

What is your greatest weakness?

Weakness is a question that can make or break your chances of getting a job. Here, your interviewer is testing you about how self-aware you so do not answer it by saying you don't have any weakness or that you work too hard. Instead, tell them about something that you struggle with but are trying to improve. For example, you can say that you are not too good at public speaking, but you recently took part in a debate or are going to try your hands in an open.

Why do you want to work here?

No one wants to hire a person who works only for the money, they want to hire someone passionate about their work. You can look at the requirements about your role and how they fit and interest you and add how you like the company and due to this reason you would like to work in that company.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

With this question, the candidate is being tested on two basis: Firstly, If they are ambitious and secondly, if their future goals align with the current job position. The best way to tackle this question is by thinking realistically and replying to where the job position would take you. You could also add that you are not sure and you are open to explore this job position to help you decide for the future.

Why are you leaving your current job?

The key factor here is to keep things positive and not frame your previous employers in a bad light. Answer it in a way where you seem excited about exploring new opportunities or that the new position is a better fit for you. If you have been let go from your previous job, be truthful about it and keep it simple.

What are your interests and hobbies?

Sometimes, the candidates are asked about their interests and hobbies to find out how they would fit the company's culture and understand their personalities. So, keep it mildly professional and open up about your interests.

What do you think we could do differently?

This is a common question to see if you are a critical thinker and bring new ideas promptly. So, go prepared in the interview by reading about the company and pitch them a few ideas or features that you think would increase the company's conversions. It may not be a detailed plan, but an idea to show them that you would rightfully be able to contribute to the company.

Why should we hire you?

This can be one of the questions in your interview. So, the best way to answer this question is by telling them that you can work with zest and deliver the required results and would fit perfectly their team and culture.

What are your salary requirements?

Letting your future employer know about your salary requirements can be tricky as you do not want to pitch too high or too low. So, it's better to do some research on job boards where you can find a range of income for similar job positions based on skills, education qualification, experience, etc. Based on this, pitch your salary requirement, but make sure that the interviewer knows that you are flexible and you are negotiating according to your skill value.

Do you have any questions for me?

This is usually the last question of your interview and your last chance to leave a strong impression. So, grab the opportunity and find out if the job is right for you by knowing more about the job position, the department, and the team.

Now that we have covered all the common job interview questions, it's time for you to practice and do your research about the company. Finally, add a pinch of confidence and a smile and you are all ready for your job interview!

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