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How to Answer the 31 Most Common Interview Questions

Top 30 Job Interview Questions & How to answer it

Appearing in an interview and defending yourself becomes quite difficult for some of the people. This thing usually happens because of nervousness which alternately makes them lose the chance of getting that job.

So, here we are going to tell you about the top 30 interview question and how to answer them so that your odds of getting the job becomes brighter:

1.    Can you tell me a little about yourself?

This question seems quite simple but it is not in actual. It could be the very first question of your interview which could be asked from you at the stage when you really don’t know the nature of interviewer. So, you have to answer this question very precisely without adding any vague or useless thing into it.

2.      How did you hear about the position?

This could be the second question asked from the interviewer. In answer to this question, you can easily showcase your passion and enthusiasm to get this job. In its answer, you have to point out the source through which you get to know about this job and add your journey that how you get to it in an enthusiastic way.

3.    What do you know about the company?

This question is usually asked the interviewer to get to know about its motivation and determination to the job because when they ask this question, they judge the candidate immediately that is it serious to get this job or not?

So, before going to interview, learn about the company from its about page or other sources so that you can perfectly describe the company as it actually is.

4.    Why do you want this job?

This question can also be asked to you for testing your passion and determination to get this job, so you have to answer this question in a great way. You just find out the key factors of the job and position and relate it to your own skills and capabilities and make the interviewer sure that you are good for this position.

5.    Why should we hire you?

This question could be the turning point for you to build interviewers mind to offer you this job. This question is a clear sign that he wants you to be hired but he/she could ask this question in an indirect way. So, when you feel any question of this tone or nature, start selling your skills and make them think about yourself for this job.

6.    What are your greatest professional strengths?

In answer to this question, you have to perfectly showcase your professional capabilities and skills and relate them to the job. Share only those skills that are genuine, instead of those which interviewer wants to listen. This is the point when the interviewer will consider you for this job.

7.    What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

You might see this question as pointing out your weaknesses and make them as a tool to not get you the job, but it is not true. In this question, the interviewer just wants to see your honesty. So, tell the truth but not straight forward. Explain by ensuring them that you are working on these weaknesses and will overcome soon.

8.    What is your greatest professional achievement?

In answer to this question, you have to describe your last job’s track records and achievements. Perfectly showcase those prizes or bonuses that you got in previous jobs. In this way, the interviewer will get to a better idea of your capabilities.

9.    Is there any conflict or challenge you had to face at work and how you managed it?

This question is a kind of real-time scenario, so you have to describe any challenge that you had a face at your previous work and also your solution and steps taken to solve that problem in a precise way.

10.           Where do you see yourself in five years?

This could be quite a tricky question. So, in its answer, be honest and tell the truth about your future goals, but keep in mind that those goals should be in favor of the company for which you are applying.

11.           What’s your dream job?

In answer to this question, simply tell the interviewer that your dream job is quite like the job for which you have appeared for the interview. Tell them that you were looking for such kind of job and will love to get this.

12.           What other companies are you interviewing with?

This question is asked from the interviewer to get the idea about the market competition for your call. So, the most appropriate answer to this question is you are approaching lots of companies and jobs of this industry, instead of telling them the names of the companies and start counting them in front of the interviewer.

13.           Why are you leaving your current job?

This is the most obvious question that could be asked to you from the interviewer. In answer to this question, don’t ever showcase negative aspects of the previous job. Just simply tell them you were looking more in your career which you were not getting from there.

14.           Why were you fired?

In answer to this question, people start lame reasons which perfectly seems lame. In this case, you lose the chance to get the job because the interviewer immediately figures out that you are lying. So, be honest and tell the truth by saying that you had worked out on that issue and now you are good with that thing.

15.           What are you looking for in a new position?

Most of the people start explaining things on their own as the answer to this question but it requires only the precise and to-the-point answer like the things that are described in the job title.

16.           What type of work environment do you prefer?

The answer to the question is also simple. You just have to explain the environment of the company for which you had applied. Just simply explain the environment of the office which you will get after getting the job in that company.

17.           What’s your management style?

An ideal technique that makes management perfect is flexibility. This is the thing that you have to showcase in your answer. Just explain that you can tackle any kind situation with a cool mind and build a better relationship with the other employees to do work better.

18.           What’s a time you exercised leadership?

Its simply depends upon the role. Explain to them if you are up to such a quite complex project to lead, then you will give additional time to your leadership, but if it is not much complex, then you will use the other experiences for that project leadership.

19.           What’s a time you disagreed with a decision that was made at work?

In answer to this question, don’t tell the story about your opinion being rejected and the boss became a jerk. Just simply point out the actions that offer positive outcomes of the situation.

20.           How would your boss and co-workers describe you?

In answer to this question, just be honest. In the case, if you lied about this thing, then you could lose the job because there is a lot of possibilities that the interviewer may call your previous boss or co-workers after the interview.

21.           Why was there a gap in your employment?

If you were unemployed for a while, then this question could be asked to you, and you have to tell the honest answer instead of making any blunders.

22.           Can you explain why you changed career paths?

The answer to this question should also be honest. Just describe the issues and conflicts between your personality and the previous career.

23.           How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

You have to make a list about the situations in which you were stressed and think about how you overcame from them, and then explain them on this question.

24.           What would your first 30, 60, or 90 days look like in this role?

In this section, you have to use some fancy words and describe the things that you will do in between your first 30 days and try to choose the things and words that satisfy the interviewer.

25.           What are your salary requirements?

Just be very authentic and straight to answer this question. Tell them the expected salary by adding a considerable amount into your previous salary, and if you are fresher, then estimate according to the company, the job, and your skills.

26.           What do you like to do outside of work?

Just describe your hobbies, but keep trying to describe those that are linked to the job. If they are not, then find quite interesting hobbies to explain.

27.           If you were an animal, which one would you want to be?

Through this question, the interviewer just wants to judge your personality. So, you can name any animal you like but be instant to answer because it will offer you a plus point.

28.           How many tennis balls can you fit into a limousine?

This is also quite similar to the previous question, but, you don’t have to answer immediately. You have to ask them for pen and paper and pretend like you are doing too much, and after a few seconds, tell them any number that pops up in your mind. They are also not sure about the answer but they will like your behavior and attitude, which were they actually testing.

29.           Are you planning on having children?

This is also a personality testing question and you have to answer it frequently too without thinking at all.

30.           Do you have any questions for us?

This is the part where you can clear any of your confusions related interview, job or company, so never shy to ask the question at this time.

 

So, consider all the above-described 30 questions and prepare yourself for the interview.

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