Wouldn’t you feel great if you already know exactly what questions your hiring manager will be asking you in your job interview?
Well obviously, we are not able to read minds, but on the basis of previous experience, we can tell you top 31 most commonly asked interview questions.
Hiring managers are always looking for your best response to know whether you are the right man for the job or not. Instead of giving the same copied response to every question, we highly recommend you to take some time out to get comfortable with the answers by practicing on your own.
Consider preparing for the best answers to the following job interview questions:
It is a very crucial question that the employer wants to know a little bit about you. This question is so simple that most of the candidates do not even prepare for this question.
So here is the Golden tip: While answering this question don’t start telling your complete professional or employment history. To show that you are the most suitable employee for this job, you must answer this question in a short & compelling sentence. Here you should mention your 2 to 3 major accomplishments & your prior experience which you think is important for the employer to know. You have to shortly sum up the answer in a way that it makes the interviewer think that you are the most suitable candidate for this job.
This is also one of the “not so meaningful” types of the question. This question is the perfect opportunity for the employee to show his passion for that job & his strong desire for connection with that company. Show a little bit but controlled excitement that you are happy to learn about that job opening. Also, tell them why you are so excited about getting that job. If you heard about the job from a friend or an old colleague then do mention his/her name. On the other hand, if you found that job on a job portal then also mention what made you opt-in & forced you to apply for that job.
This information regarding the company can easily be found on its’ website ABOUT page. Obviously, everyone can read the basic information from there. The interviewer doesn’t necessarily want to know whether you have read the company’s mission statement & goals, they want to know whether you care about their values or not. Give them a personalized type of response on that question by also adding the same words or phrases the company has elegantly used on its website. This will let them understand that you are truly aware of the company’s goals & mission statement. For example, “I really believe in this approach because…” & share one or two personal experiences that link your interests to their mission statement.
Obviously, if you yourself are an employer, you would like to hire people who are passionate about that specific job. Companies want to hire professionals who are passionate about that job position so they can keep their interest maintained in the job. You should have a compelling answer to that question & if you don’t have any good reason then apply elsewhere. First, analyze those key points that make you think that this is the most suitable job role for you. E.g. I like doing SEO as it is the greatest source of free & targeted traffic to instantly boost client’s sales. And share why you want to join that company e.g. “The University of New York is doing a great service to the nation by providing quality education & I always wished to play my role in this noble deed”.
You can never find any better opportunity than this one to grab the job. You are lucky that if you have been asked this question. On this occasion you should take special care of the following 3 things when answering:
You can perform the job efficiently
You can deliver great results as you fit in with the company’s team & culture
You would be a better choice than any of the other candidates available
This is a very crucial question for both the employer & the employee also. You should be super accurate when answering this question. You should be completely honest when answering this question. Only share those skills which you truly possess, not those which the interviewer wants to hear. Tell relevant skills that resonate with the current job opening. Instead of telling Generic Skills like “people skills” answer with accurate one i.e. “Persuasive Communication”. Practice for that question in a proper way by keeping this example in your mind. You should be ready to demonstrate the following points in a professional way.
This question is a metric to judge your level of self-awareness & honesty. Don’t take this question as negative by thinking that the employer is trying to identify some red flags. Here you should tell the employer about the areas of your life & profession in which you are struggling for further improvement. You can sum it up in this way: “Well previously I was not very good at public speaking but nowadays I am attending seminars and addressing meetings so I may become comfortable while addressing a crowd”.
Nothing says “Hire Me” clearer that a clear track record of continuous professional achievement in previous job roles. You should never feel shy while answering this question. It is your best opportunity to rise & shine. You can relate this question with a previous situation when you achieved tremendous results. You may tell them that how you were picked in a former job role to perform a specific task & how you were able to perform it. Outline all the tasks that you performed to achieve that goal. Try to be as specific as you can. You can say something like in One month I streamlined all the processes of Social Media which helped the company save 20 working hours per month & brought 20% more leads in the lesser budget.
Conflicts are a part of everyday routine whether it is personal life or professional life. This question is a clear gauge to determine your ability to handle conflict. The employer wants to know about your conflict handling ability in this question. Everyone seems nice in normal situations but your caliber is tested in time of pressure & conflict. Here you should tell them how you were able to handle the situation & resolve that conflict with a happy ending. How that situation led to a compromise or a resolution among the two parties.
This question is not so common but whenever you are asked this question, you should answer in an honest manner. While answering this question always try to be as much specific as you can. With this type of question, the employer wants to know whether you set realistic expectations for your career, you have ambition& the position aligns with your goals and growth? Some candidates answer with “I do not know what the future holds” which is not quite professional answer. You should set an expected forecast where you would be in the next 5 years.
Employers are very careful when selecting an ideal individual as the hiring process takes too much time, effort & resources. In lieu of this question, the employer actually wants to see whether this job will move you closer to achieving your ultimate career goals or not! If he sees positivity then he would be happy to hire you. If you answer some stupid reply like “I want to be the next Tennis Super-Star” then it would certainly bring lots of laughs & humor to you, which is not a professional sign.
Employers ask this question to see whether you are active in the industry regarding job search or you just found this job by accident. Serious professionals keep interviewing with different leading organizations and companies for continuous professional growth. You should mention that you have also been interviewing with other companies in the same industry. You can turn this question into your strength by saying that in that past one year I was in touch with 30 leading companies for job interviews and due to which I am in a better position to understand the industry’s latest requirements so I can run the team very effectively.
This is the one sure shot question that every professional is asked in every job interview. Here it is advised to avoid being negative about your previous employer. On the other hand, it is advised to frame things in a professional manner. You can also say that you were ambitious to take on new challenges or you were looking for career growth. Or you can state that every professional dream to move to a bigger and better organization for continuous professional development. “I was looking for an opportunity in a bigger organization where my skills could be utilized even more efficiently”. But don’t be too complaining or negative relating to the old job which may deem you as a negative thinker or a pessimist.
This is obviously a tough question that can make you feel down. But the job seeking world is small, after all, so you must not let go of honesty. You can tell them straightly about the conflict or unpleasant moment but it should be conveyed in a manner which may not prove to be a deal-breaker. You can turn this into a positive learning experience that how you evolved professionally & learned from past experiences.
Tell the interviewer clearly that what kind of growth in the profession do you expect from this job & how can this job help you in becoming better in this career.
Here you must answer those points which are identical to the environment of the company. Anything in contrast to the company’s environment will be of no use and may give the interviewer a sense of conflict.
You should tell them that the best managers are strong but flexible. You should not give them a feeling that you would be a strict type of manager. Tell them that every employee needs a different approach and you would like to act more like a Coach & less as a Manager. Also, tell them your past experience that how you turned some of the low performing employees into the best salespersons of the company.
Problem-solving & leadership are the two most sought after skills in employees. Tell them how you were able to demonstrate perfect Project Management skills, how you started a project, faced ups and down but eventually you along with the team achieved the goals in the given timeline. Include enough details to make it more realistic & believable.
Everyone disagrees with the boss in professional life at a certain time. But this has to be done in a very professional manner. Do tell them about the moments where you had to disagree with your boss but the main thing they want to look into your answer is whether you reacted calmly or aggressively in that situation. They want to judge whether you ended up in amicable solution, a conflict or a deadlock.
This is indeed one of the most important questions to see what impression you have left behind in the minds of people who once were your team. It is very important, to be honest here & avoid exaggeration at this point. Here you must point out your other strengths which you haven’t described earlier in the interview.
If there was any gap in your employment then you must tell them honestly that you were busy in other activity such as some career development program, classes or any other activity. And when concluding, move the entire conversation towards how would you benefit the organization.
If you have been switching careers, you must tell them why it was so. You can honestly tell that you were not so productive in the former job role and needed some fresh air to give your career a boost. There is no need to feel guilty about changing career paths or switching job roles. But you have to sum this up in a professional manner which depicts a benefit for the hiring organization.
This is usually a very tricky question. It is also a test of your communication skills that how successfully you are able to answer that question. Well, when asked this question you must answer in a way that sounds like you are always ready for the pressure and stressful situation and can handle them effectively leading to goal accomplishment. You can further add that no situation is complex enough to find a solution. There is always a solution & no situation can stop me from achieving my goals.
This question is a determinant of your Critical Thinking skills. Employers often ask such question in job interviews just to see how much you know about the company & whether you can come to the table with new ideas or you are just a man of old ideas. Innovation is key and companies look for innovative employees.
You can easily answer this question by doing your research on what you should be paid by using sites like Payscale and Glassdoor. You should always make sure the hiring manager knows that you're flexible. You're communicating that you know your skills are valuable, but that you want the job and are willing to negotiate.