7 Most Common Interview Questions

It is important that you take your time to prepare before an interview. Therefore, it is useful to be ready for the most common interview questions. As a candidate, you could practice these questions ahead of time and be ready with strong and honest answers.

Q1: Tell me about yourself.
Sometimes candidates answer this question by providing their family history. While sharing some information about your relatives is ok, it is more effective to answer that question by focusing on your personality traits, skills, abilities, experiences, and knowledge, that are likely to be relevant for the position that you are applying for.
Q2: What’s your biggest weakness?
No one is perfect and everyone has a weakness. With this question potential employers are exploring to what extent are you honest and self-aware. However, please avoid clichés such as “I am a perfectionist”. A good advice would be that when presenting your weakness, either show what are you doing to address it and minimize its impact, or explain how it is actually a flip side of a strength. For example, if you are a fresh graduate with little experience that is a weakness, yet you are also likely to be eager to learn, innovative, and energetic.
Q3: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Here the hiring manager is trying to understand your career goals and possibly your career path. So since they want to see if you have realistic expectations for your career, demonstrate that you understand the job and the role you will play at the organization. Researching the organization can prove to be very useful in answering this question. You will be able to communicate your career goals that are aligned with the direction of the company.
Q4: What do you expect from your managers?
With this question potential employers are looking to determine your preferred leadership style to find out if it aligns with the organization’s culture. Besides, your answer can be important as it demonstrates the likely way you might lead others and also indicates whether you can be promoted to a managerial level.
Q5: Tell me about a time when….
More often than not interviewers ask what are called behavioral interview questions because they want to know how you behave and operate in specific situations. The questions usually start with “tell me about a time when….”. Questions of this sort can vary a lot depending on the role that you are applying for. A good rule of thumb would be to imagine what would the hiring manager be interested to ask in this manner, and prepare relevant answers.
Q6: What would you do in the first 90 days on the job?
Employers want to evaluate your ability in setting goals and face obstacles. Remember to use the SMART approach in goal setting (Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound). Remember that in the first 90 days you will need to familiarize yourself with the corporate culture, and your colleagues.
Q7: What questions do you have for me?

A job interview is a discussion, a dialogue, and a conversation. Both parties need to know each other better and assess whether they can work alongside one another. The hiring manager is checking you out and you should be doing exactly the same. Think about the role that you are applying for, what information would you like to know that you cannot find elsewhere? Questions about what success looks like in the role, and any about culture are good bets.

When responding to questions in an interview, remember to keep it short (no longer than two minutes for each question), keep it positive, and keep it truthful. If you take time to prepare answers to each of the questions above, you will find your next interview less daunting and harrowing.

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