Most Common Interview Questions And How to Answer Them

Any job seeker must have noticed the most common interview questions and wonder how to answer them. When a person is invited for a job interview, there will be some questions from other previous job interviews that are likely to be repeated. These questions are general questions commonly asked about your personal background and how you work in the office. Answering these common questions with honest and well thought-out answers will help you get the job.

The following list of most common interview questions and how to answer them will surely help you prepare for any job interviews in the future. Here are the most common interview questions and how to answer them correctly:

1.) Tell me about yourself.

This has to be the most universal question of all time. It would be rare for a job interview not to start with this question. It is very tricky because the question encompasses all the things about you. The secret to answering this question is focusing on information that you can use for the job you are applying for.

The interviewer does not want you to tell him about your life story, just focus on the vital details about you and your job experiences. Give a little background on your education (citing a few awards, honors and scholarships), then on your previous employments (mention your duties and responsibilities), and your current situation.

You can also add a few of your long and short term goals. But avoid mentioning any plan to change your career in a few years time.

2.) Describe yourself.

This is your chance to present yourself in the best way possible without sounding arrogant or cocky. Avoid using adjectives to describe yourself. For instance, instead of saying, “I am very focused.” you can say, “I am the type of person who pays attention to details.”

3.) What do your co-workers say about you?

You need to give a specific quote or paraphrase of a boss’ or a co-worker’s observation about you. You can say, “When I gave my resignation letter to my boss, he asked me to reconsider my resignation because he feels that I can get the job done on time and he really likes how I handle the tasks diligently.” Or you can say, “My coworkers often mention that they like how I’m always enthusiastic.” Mentioning such statements would be as good as your boss or co-workers telling those great things about you. Again avoid using adjectives such as “My coworkers describe me as friendly.”

4.) Why did you leave you last job?

No matter what your reason for leaving your previous job, never put your former employer in a bad light. Never bad mouth your previous boss even if you resigned because of his negative attitude. Avoid mentioning the huge salary if this was what attracted you to the job. The best way to answer this question is by telling the interviewer that you are seeking a career advancement or a better job opportunity.

5.) Why should we hire you?

Answer this by mentioning your qualifications. Use your resume as your guide but avoid reading it. The important thing is for the interviewer to see that you are an asset to the company. Avoid mentioning any benefits that you can get from the job, but rather focus on WHY THE COMPANY NEEDS YOU.

6.) What experience do you have in this field?

Answer with specific experience or previous tasks that you were part of in your previous job that relates to the position or the field. If you do not have enough experience, try to mention job experiences that are nearest to the job.

7.) What’s your biggest strength/weakness?

It is easy to answer your biggest strength. Just mention what you are good at and you’re okay.

The problem now is your weakness. Avoid answering this too honestly, or you might ruin your chances. Also, never give a fake answer like, “I’m too committed to the job.” Say a negative thing about you in the past and MENTION HOW YOU OVERCAME IT. For instance you may say, “I had a problem with organizing, so I decided to use an organizer and a small notebook to create check lists of my daily and weekly tasks. I follow the schedules religiously.”

8.) Are you a team player?

Yes! You are a team player. Cite examples of how you are a team player. Mention projects that you were a part of that have been successful.

9.) How do you work under pressure?

Answer this positively. Mention a few examples when working under pressure. Make it seem as though working under pressure was the norm in your previous job. Avoid saying that you panic or crumble when under pressure.

10.) What kind of salary do you expect?

Never answer with a number. Tell the interviewer that you are willing to consider what the company can offer.

These are the most common interview questions and how to answer them. Read them very well as you prepare to get hired!