Our lives would have been much easier if we went to an interview knowing exactly what questions will be asked of us. Unfortunately, life is not that simple. We have to work hard and prepare for the unexpected even at the beginning of the journey.
While some job interviewers have an unorthodox approach to interview questions that might throw us off, the majority of job interviews consist of an exchange of common interview questions and responses, and some of the most frequently asked behavioral interview questions. Here are some of the most frequently asked interview questions, as well as the best ways to respond to them.
Practice is the most important aspect of interview preparation. Knowing what questions you might be asked is crucial because it allows you to prepare your responses ahead of time and feel secure with your answers when you're stressed.
Top asked interview questions and answers:
Generic Questions and Answers:
Tell me about yourself
Try not to reveal too much or too little personal information when answering questions about yourself. You can begin by describing some of your non-work-related personal interests and experiences, such as a favorite hobby or a short account of where you grew up, your education, and what inspires you.
What are your strengths?
It is one of the questions that interviewers almost always ask to see how qualified you are for the job. When asked about your biggest strengths, it's critical to talk about the qualities that qualify you for the job and distinguish you from other applicants.
When answering, try to show and express rather than just tell.
For instance, as opposed to expressing that you are a phenomenal problem solver, rather recount a story that exhibits this, preferably drawing on an account from your experience.
What are your weaknesses?
Beyond identifying any significant warning signs, your interviewer is attempting to assess your consciousness and honesty with this question. Don’t mention anything too off or say that you are perfect. Consider something you struggle with but are working to improve as a way to find a balance.
Why should we hire you?
Make your answer is a bold, succinct, and well-targeted sales pitch that describes what you have to give and why you should be hired. This is a good time to go over the job description's qualifications and criteria so you can respond with something that matches what the interviewer is searching for.
What is your expected salary?
Research about the average range of the salary budgets concerning the position. You don't want to undervalue yourself or be priced out of a job opportunity. If you give a salary range exceedingly lower or higher than the market value of the position, it gives the impression that you don’t know your worth.
Where do you see yourself in a few years from now?
The interviewer is interested in seeing how motivated and goal-oriented you are. They will also check to see if your aspirations are reasonable. Demonstrate your knowledge of market trends and flexibility in your response.
Why do you want this job?
Now let's dig a little deeper. Talk about how the position is a perfect fit for what you want to achieve in the short and long term, not just why the company is a wonderful place to work for.
What are you passionate about?
If you're asked this question in an interview, it's most likely because they want to learn more information about you. Mention all the things you find very interesting to mention that would appear very unique, appealing, and attractive to the interviewer.
How do you deal with stressful situations?
The best way to answer this question is to give an example of a time when you successfully dealt with stress in a previous position. Avoid insisting that you are never or only occasionally stressed. Instead, frame your response in a way that acknowledges workplace stress and explains how you've dealt with it, or even exploited it.
What will you bring to the company?
This is identical to the question, "Why should we hire you?" A strong response will demonstrate your ability to succeed in this role as well as your ability to bring a fresh perspective to the company. Investigate the company thoroughly to learn about its culture and business requirements. Describe how your talents, experience, and personality traits uniquely position you to help the organization achieve its goals.
Work history questions and answers:
Why did you leave your previous job?
Don't speak badly of your previous work. Don't bring up how tough your boss is. Don't bring up how you don't get along with your coworkers. Instead, concentrate on the advantages that a change would bring. Make a list of what you want to accomplish. Discuss what they would like to hear. Discuss how you want to advance, what you want to achieve, and how a move will benefit both you and your new company.
Tell me about a problem you faced at work and how you dealt with it?
Be open and honest about a difficult situation you've encountered, but don't go into as much detail as you would if venting to a friend. Tell the story in a quiet and professional manner, focusing more on the solution than the conflict, and mentioning what you'd do differently next time to demonstrate that you're willing to learn from your mistakes.
How would your previous co-workers describe you?
First and foremost, be truthful. Remember that if you advance to the final round, the hiring manager will contact your former bosses and colleagues for references. Then try to elicit strengths and characteristics that you haven't mentioned in other parts of the interview, such as your strong work ethic or your willingness to help out on other projects as needed.
What did you dislike the most about your job?
Focusing on an opportunity that the role you're interviewing for offers that your current job doesn't is the best way to treat this issue with poise. Keep the discussion upbeat by highlighting why you're so enthusiastic about the position.
Why were you let go?
Being honest is your best bet. Consider it a learning opportunity: Share how you've changed as a result of your growth and how you now approach your work and life. Perhaps smarter, if you can portray your progress as a benefit for this next job.
All in all, always remember to be confident in the interview and when answering. Even if you do not know all the perfect and correct answers, do not panic. The interviewer does not expect you to know all the answers but is trying to see who is the person standing in front of them and what they have to bring.