The famous quote from Confucius states that ‘choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life’. Selecting the right career is highly important and each and every interview you attend to find the job is crucial.
You should consider every interview as your first interview, so that you can be prepared to face it and impress the interviewers.
It is true that job interviews are nerve-wrecking. But, your unpreparedness can make them more disastrous.
Remember that you will get only a single chance to impress the interviewers and this is possible only by the way in which you answer their questions.
Here are the 25 most commonly asked job interview questions and you can find hints for answering them as well:
It is true that each interview is unique on the basis of the position to which you are applying, on the basis of the interviewer and of course the industry.
However, there are some questions that you are sure to hear in most of the job interviews regardless of the industry.
25 Most Common Interview Questions and Answers
When you can plan your answers to the commonly asked interview questions, you can stand-out of the crowd of applicants.
1. How do you handle criticisms? Here, the key to impress the interviewers is to tell criticisms as the best tools to improve. You can tell them that you will never take criticisms personally and can also give some past circumstances in your life as examples for the same. You can also state that you will take criticism in the right perspective and will work towards damage control.
2. What do you think about your past employer? Remember that regardless of the reason behind your hatred towards your past employer, his company acted as a great platform for you to improve your skills. So, you should answer accordingly and should never criticize your past employer.
3. Do you have any questions for me? Here, you can ask some questions about the company for which you are attending the interview. This will show that you took steps to gather details about the company. Also, your research about the company will also show the interviewer about your interest towards working with them.
4. Why do you think you will succeed in this job? For this question, you can highlight the relationship your skill set and the job requirements. Do not compare your skill set or experience with fellow applicants to show that you are the best in the lot.
5. Where do you find yourself after five years from now? Your answer to this question should relate to the objective line that you have specified on your resume. This will showcase your vision to the interviewer. Your positivity towards your career should be understood from the answer you give to this question.
6. What do you look from in a boss or manager? Rather than giving a specific answer to this question, broad answers can be ideal. For instance, you can give the answer as ‘encouraging’, ‘fair’, etc.……
7. Will you put the interest of the organization ahead of your own interests?Your answer should be affirmative for this question to hold yourself in the competitive job market. You can tell that you are interested in short-term and long-term success of the organization and so if my company wants me to do something, it will be my best interest to complete the task.
8. What motivates you to do your best while working? You should never answer as ‘salary’ here. But, you can state other things like ‘environment, discipline and integrity’.
9. What is more important work or money? Without any hesitation, you can state that work is more important as you can earn money by working hard. When you give this answer, you will sound as if you are interested in earning well by putting better efforts to your job.
10. How will you compensate your lack of experience? This question is generally put forth to young job seekers, who have little or no experience. Here, you can highlight similar roles that you have played earlier, even though your experience is lesser than the fellow applicants.
11. What irritates you about co-workers? Here, you can specify that regardless of the behavior, you will get along with everyone when it comes to team work.
12. What would you like to do – lead or follow? For this question, you can state about your leadership skills. But, never forget to state that you never mind to be a follower as well.
13. Are you are team player? Once again, only an affirmative answer will protect your career. However, you should never fail to give examples of your past achievements as a team member.
14. How long would you work for us? Here, you should never give any specific timeline. Also, do not pretend as if you will get away within a short period. You can say that you do not have any immediate plans to move on. You can state that you will be ready to stay as long as there are growth opportunities.
15. What do co-workers say about you? You can scan your mind to state anything positive that your past colleagues said about you. But, be truthful in your answer to this question.
16. Why you have been unemployed for so long? Whatever reason you have, do not forget to state that you were productive and were actively attending classes to improve your knowledge. This is because employers do not love lazy bums.
17. Why should we hire you? You can state that you are hardworking and can be smart and confident in your work. Give positive answers about yourself for this question. But, never try to compare yourself with the fellow applicants to show you are the best.
18. What are your strengths? You can point out your strengths like ‘I am a good listener and observer, I can handle work with patience’ and you can also state that ‘I am compatible and flexible to anyone’. But, give these answers only if you can act as per your words.
19. Why did you leave your last job? Even though, you might be angry with your previous boss or previous co-workers and this was the main reason why you are looking for a new job, do not state this as the reason. You can state that you wish to work for a new boss and new environment and wish to meet new colleagues. You can also state that ‘I am looking for a job with more responsibilities’.
20. What are your weaknesses? Even though, you are asked about your weaknesses, you should never give answers that would spoil your selection process. You can give answers like ‘I will never feel comfortable, until I complete the work allotted to me’. You can state your straightforwardness and smiling face as your weakness and so you cannot say no to other when a help is asked.
21. Tell me about yourself. Here, you can follow two different approaches of answering. You can tell your past personal story and get out with a sap. The second approach is that you can tell about your education and past employments and remember that common wisdom suggests the latter to be ideal.
22. Tell me about your dream job. You should never be specific here. Rather, you should be generic like great atmosphere, friendly colleagues, etc.…..
23. Describe your management style: You can tell that ‘I wish to motivate and inspire teamwork for achieving goals and for influencing valuable changes’. You can also state that you are open to new ideas and constructive criticisms. You can also state that I can identify the skill set of each member in my group and will accordingly delegate the responsibility as a team leader.
24. What is your philosophy toward work? The best idea to answer this question is to avoid adjectives. Rather, you can talk about the basic values that you have adopted in the past jobs or you can also talk about the energy you brought to your earlier job teams to improve the performance.
25. Do you consider yourself successful? Your answer to this question should undoubtedly be affirmative. You can state that success does not mean to conquer the world and can describe your past accomplishments and the proud moments in your professional life.
So these are the 25 Most Common Interview Questions and Answers. If this is your first time job search remember that ‘the expert in anything was once in a beginner’. So, be confident enough when you attend job interviews & don’t make any mistake.
Your preparedness alone can give you the confidence to face the interview. The thing to remember here is that you should look confident. But, your over confidence and over enthusiasm should never disturb your interviewers.
Politeness is highly important when you are attending job interviews. This is applicable not only for fresh job seekers, but also to experienced people as well.
Only those who are polite in their life in appropriate situations were able to bring success to their life. Remember ‘let your faith be bigger than your fear’ when facing the interview.
Did you face any of these common questions in your last interview? What was your answer and how do you judge your answers?