Preparing for a job interview can be stressful. If you’re lucky, you’ll know exactly what kind of questions to expect, but if not, it’s hard to know where to even start. So let’s go over some of the most common types of job interview questions so that you can practice your answers and get ready for whatever comes your way!
Why this job?
The first question is, “Why are you interested in this job?” A good answer will be specific and relevant to your skills and experience. For example, if you’ve researched the company and think they’re doing exciting work, or if you love the benefits they offer their employees, let them know!
You can also provide concrete examples of how you would use your experience with this company. For example:
- I’m interested in working for a technology startup because I like being able to wear many hats at once.
- My background in engineering means that I enjoy problem-solving wherever it occurs—even with difficult people!
Why should I choose you instead of the other candidates?
The interviewer will want to know that you can be an asset to the team and that you’ll bring something to the table. You should have a resume or CV ready and be prepared to speak about your strengths and accomplishments.
You might say: “I have a lot of experience working with people in teams, and I enjoy working on projects where my efforts will help others.” Or, “I’m excited about joining this team because I would like to take what I’ve learned from my previous experience and apply those skills here at [Organization Name].”
You could also mention specific skills: “Every team needs someone who can break down complex problems into smaller pieces. That’s one major strength of mine.” Or even talk about how much potential your current role has for growth: “[Company] is in need of someone who is eager for more responsibility—and who also wants to learn new things every day.”
How would your peers, friends, and parents describe you?
This question is designed to reveal how you see yourself. Depending on how you answer, it can also show how others view you. If a friend says that they see you as a reliable person who will keep their word and always do the right thing, this reveals something of your character that may be different from how your parents would describe you. While they might focus on your sense of responsibility and maturity, your friends might highlight qualities such as loyalty or honesty.
Similarly, if one set of parents described their child as hardworking and responsible while another set described them as ambitious and motivated – two very different things – this will give insight into those children’s personalities. A parent could have said that their child was reliable and talked about their ability to come up with creative solutions when faced with problems at work; these answers point toward two very different ways of thinking about work.
What’s your biggest strength? Weakness?
It’s imperative to avoid being arrogant or too modest in this question. You don’t want to come off as conceited, but you also don’t want to give the impression that you’re not aware of your strengths and weaknesses. It’s best to keep this answer short and sweet. Something like “I’m a quick learner” or “I work well under pressure” will suffice.
We’ve learned from observing job interviews that people’s answers tend to be too generic, so it’s best not to go into too much detail here. For example: “When I was younger, I went through a period where I felt that my parents were always telling me what I couldn’t do instead of what they wanted me to do,” is a wrong answer because while it may be true, it doesn’t say anything about how you overcame these feelings/learned from them (i.e., what makes you different).
What are you looking for in your career? Where do you see yourself in five years?
It’s one of the most common questions you’ll be asked in an interview, so make sure you have a good answer prepared. You want to come off as well-rounded and interested in learning new skills while also showing that you know exactly what kind of work environment would be best for your career development.
Here are some examples:
- I’m looking for a job where I can use my creativity every day, and having fun at work is essential to me.
- I’d love to work somewhere where I can develop new skills as quickly as possible. That’s one reason why I’m so excited about this job opening!
- A company that encourages teamwork and offers opportunities for professional development would be perfect!
What are your hobbies, and how have they shaped who you are today?
- Tell the interviewer about your hobbies.
- Explain how they have helped you develop as an employee.
- Explain what you have learned from them.
What is the most innovative idea you can bring to this role and company if hired?
You want to show the interviewer that you have the skills and experience to help them achieve their goals. You also want to show the interviewer that you are a good fit for their team, so be sure that you aren’t just talking about your past achievements and how they align with what this role is looking to accomplish.
Why did you leave (or are leaving) your job at Company X?
When answering this question, it’s essential, to be honest about your reasons for leaving. Don’t make yourself look better than you’re doing by saying you left on good terms or because of a promotion opportunity elsewhere. When explaining why you decided to leave, focus on the future and what you want to do with your career (or life in general).
Don’t talk negatively about your previous employer or boss; it will only serve to make the interviewer suspicious of your motives and possibly cause them not to hire you.
Since this question is often asked when companies are trying to gauge how stable a potential employee’s work history is, it’s best not to bring up salary in response unless specifically asked about it.
Tell me about a time when you had to deal with conflict on the job.
When describing a time you dealt with conflict, it’s essential to address the following:
- The situation that caused the conflict.
- Your role in the situation and what you did to resolve it.
- What you learned from this experience (what do you wish someone had told you at the time?).
- How would you handle this situation differently in the future?
What salary do you want, and why should I pay it? (Or what were your salary expectations when applying here?)
It’s essential to research the market rate for the position. Many sites will give you a good idea of what’s appropriate but keep in mind that they may not be 100% accurate. If your offer is significantly lower than the median salary range, it’s okay to ask why. It could be because there are other factors involved or because they simply don’t have as much money to spend on your salary.
However, if your offer seems too high and out-of-the-range for someone with no experience in this field, it could be time for a reality check: not every company has unlimited funding and resources at its disposal. While I’m sure many readers would love nothing more than getting paid precisely what they’re worth (and rightfully so), sometimes a lower salary is just plain necessary—and having an inflated sense of worth can make things worse!
If you’re lucky enough to receive multiple offers from different companies or agencies during one interview process (which happens all the time), don’t hesitate to ask about benefits such as health insurance coverage or retirement plans before signing any contracts.
How do you introduce yourself in an interview?
In an interview setting, it’s important to be brief and concise with your introduction. You want to put a positive spin on yourself, so don’t go on and on about your life story. Be confident and focus on how you can help the company grow and thrive. This will make your interviewer feel more comfortable hiring you because they know that you’re excited about what they do.
How do you answer why should I hire you?
When asked this question, it’s essential to focus on the benefits you can bring to the company, not just what they can do for you. Most interviewers are looking for examples of how your strengths and experiences have helped others in the past.
If your resume doesn’t account for this information and it’s a job where experience is highly valued, you may want to consider taking an extra step: write out a few detailed examples of how your previous jobs or internships have prepared you for this position. These might include improving processes or increasing productivity or efficiency at work, learning new technologies quickly, developing relationships with clients/customers, etc.
How do you sell yourself during an interview?
You may feel like you already know the answer to this question, but the truth is that you need to do a lot of preparation before you sit down with your interviewer. Here are some tips for selling yourself during an interview:
- Start by writing down all of your achievements and experiences, from most relevant to least.
- Identify what makes each achievement and experience unique. What skills did you use? How does it align with the job description and the company’s mission?
- Next, take those most impressive or relevant points and make them sound even more impressive by using phrases like “I have been able to…” instead of simply “I did….” This shows how much ownership and responsibility they were involved when completing these tasks—in other words, and they were significant enough for them to stand out as exceptional among multiple other projects on a resume!
What questions should I ask at the end of an interview?
Asking questions is a great way to demonstrate that you have done your research on the company and that you’re keen on being part of the team.
It’s also an opportunity for job seekers to get some insight into what their role will be like day-to-day and what kind of people work there.
Here are some questions we think are worth asking at each stage in the interview process:
- During an initial interview?
- How would you describe your culture?
- What does it mean to work here?
Job interviews are tough – prepare beforehand!
You’ve been invited to a job interview, and you’re probably feeling pretty nervous. What are they going to ask? How should you answer? If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years of interviewing people, preparation is vital.
Before the interview:
Practice your answers with a friend or family member. Think about what questions might come up and create answers for them ahead of time so that when the interviewer asks them, you’ll be prepared. Think about what makes YOU unique – do not compare yourself to anyone else! Be confident in what makes YOU unique!
During the interview:
Be yourself! Don’t worry about what other people have said before; just focus on doing your best job possible at this moment right now! If they ask why they should hire you over someone else who’s also interviewing for this position at their company (and chances are they will!), keep things short but sweet by saying something like, “I’m very passionate about X because Y.” Remember: It’s okay if things don’t go perfectly – everyone makes mistakes sometimes! Just try your most challenging, and don’t let it get too stressful if things don’t work out precisely as planned 🙂
Thank you for reading! We hope this information gives you a better idea of how to prepare for your following interview. This is a lot of information, so we recommend going over it several times before an interview. Once you understand what might be asked during an interview, the more confident you will feel!