Top 15 Interview Questions
Thoughtful preparation is essential to acing your job interview. While it is not possible to predict every question that may be asked, there are certain questions that frequently come up. Preparing well thought-out, organized answers to these questions is an important step to making your interview a success.
1. Why are you applying for this position?
The best answer to this question will highlight your skills and experience that will enable you to successfully perform the prospective job duties. Avoid mentioning dissatisfaction with your current circumstances as a motivator.
2. Tell me about your current position.
Do not complain about your duties or speak negatively about your boss or co-workers. Instead, emphasize the experience you have gained that now makes you ready for this next step in your career.
3. Tell me about yourself.
Briefly summarize your skills and experience that are relevant to the position you are being interviewed for. Giving too much information will make you seem unfocused and wordy, and put you at risk of accidentally bringing up facts detrimental to you.
4. Where do you see yourself in [x number] of years?
Your answer should be realistic in terms of how promotion works from your desired position. If you are interviewing for an entry-level clerical position, don’t say that you expect to become the CEO within the next five years. You want to come off as ambitious but not arrogant or unrealistic.
5. What is your biggest weakness?
Do not list anything that could be a real obstacle to performing your prospective job duties. The best strategy is to talk about a weakness that you had previously and have now overcome, emphasizing the work you did to conquer your weakness effectively.
6. What is your greatest accomplishment?
Think of your most significant professional accomplishment that you performed using skills and experience relevant to your desired position. Organize a concise and structured narrative that highlights the efforts you made, as well as the positive impact your accomplishment had for your employer.
7. What was the most challenging or stressful situation you have handled?
Be ready to tell a specific story, showcasing how your exceptional personal skills allowed you to handle the situation constructively.
8. How do you explain a particular flaw on your resume?
Interviewers will zero in and challenge any perceived deficiencies, sometimes combatively. Calmly explain the reasons for any defects, as well as why you believe your other qualities make them a non-issue.
9. Why do you feel you are a good fit for this position?
Your answer to this question should demonstrate that you have researched the prospective employer and the specific position. Succinctly set forth the ways in which your skills, personal qualities and experience will enable you to perform the duties of the position at the highest possible level.
10. Do you have any questions about the company?
Always have some general questions prepared. Your questions should also not be easily answered by checking the company website. Be prepared to adjust your prepared questions in case any of them has already been answered in the course of the interview.
11. Tell me about your experience working with a team.
The answer to this should always be positive and should emphasize your ability to get along with others to accomplish work goals.
12. How do you handle conflicts at work?
When you answer this, be careful not to assign blame either to yourself or to the other party to the conflict. Tell the interviewer about how you used diplomacy and creative thinking to arrive at a satisfactory resolution.
13. What do you enjoy most about your career?
Your interviewer wants to see that you are passionate about and deeply invested in your work. Whatever position you are interviewing for, think about some aspect (other than the pay) that makes it rewarding for you.
13. What is your leadership style?
This is your cue to showcase your ability to integrate and motivate your team in order to produce great work.
14. Do you work better on your own or as part of a group?
Your answer should be based on the nature of the prospective position and should highlight the personal qualities that will enable you to perform the work to the highest standard.
15. How have you sought to improve yourself professionally?
List any courses or certifications you have pursued. Also talk about any informal study or skill improvement you have undertaken to make yourself a better employee.
Preparing and organizing your responses to frequently asked interview questions will help you show your interviewer that you are the best candidate for the job. Remember to be positive and stay focused to make a great impression on your interviewer.