Land The Job: Common Interview Questions & Sample Answers
Are you preparing for a job interview? If so, you're likely wondering what questions you will be asked. It can be helpful to know the most common interview questions and answers in advance. That way, you can prepare yourself and feel more confident when meeting with potential employers. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the most common interview questions and provide tips on how to best answer them. Let's get started!
1. Question: Tell me about yourself.
This is often one of the first questions asked in an interview. It's a broad question, so you'll want to be prepared with a brief summary of your professional and academic experience. Keep your answer concise. Highlight your strengths and explain why you are a good fit for the job.
"I am a recent graduate of [university name] with a degree in [major]. I have experience working as a [position] and I am confident that my skills and abilities would be a valuable asset to your team. I am passionate about helping others, and I am excited to learn new things and take on new challenges."
2. Question: What are your top three soft skills?
Be prepared to discuss your top three soft skills in detail. Explain how you have utilized these skills in previous roles and explain how they would benefit the company.
3. What are your weaknesses?
This is often a difficult question. Rather than give an example that may reflect poorly to the interviewer, describe your weakness in a way that is positive.
"I am a perfectionist and I can sometimes be too critical of myself. I have learned to set reasonable deadlines for myself and to allow myself some flexibility so that I don't become overwhelmed. I believe that this weakness actually helps me to be a successful employee because I am always striving to improve my skills."
4. What is the biggest challenge you've faced at work, and how did you handle it?
Be prepared to share an example of a time when you faced a difficult challenge at work and how you coped with it. Make sure to explain what you learned from the experience.
"I once had to lead a team in completing a project that was due in two weeks, even though our original timeline was four weeks. I had never led a project before, so I was really scrambling to get everything together. But I managed to pull it off and the team was very happy with the finished product. I learned that I have the ability to manage difficult situations under pressure and that I am capable of exceeding expectations."
5. Why should we hire you?
This question is an opportunity for you to sell yourself. Explain why you are the best candidate for the job and highlight your unique skills and abilities. Be specific and relevant to the position you are applying for.
"I am a hard worker with a go-getter attitude. I am motivated to succeed and I have a proven track record of success in previous roles. I am also a quick learner, so I am confident that I can learn anything required for this job. Plus, I have a great sense of customer service and I genuinely enjoy helping others. I believe that I would be an asset to your team."
6. Why do you want work for [Company]?
This question is distinguished from "Why should we hire you?" This is your opportunity to show that you actually researched the company and are excited about the role you are applying for.
"I have been impressed with [company] ever since I first learned about it. I admire your company's dedication to [mission/values/etc.] and I am excited about the opportunity to be a part of it. I believe that my skills and abilities would be a valuable addition to your team."
7. What work experience do you have that prepares you for this position?
Be prepared to discuss your previous roles in detail. Explain how you have utilized your skills and abilities in each role and explain how they would benefit the company.
"I have worked in customer service for the past five years. I have excellent communication skills and I genuinely enjoy helping others. I believe that my customer service skills would be a valuable asset to your team."
8. Why do you want to leave your current job?
Don't say "I hate my job." If you are unhappy with your current situation, explain what it is that you are hoping to find in a new role.
"I am looking for an opportunity to use my skills and abilities in a new way. I am also hoping to find a company that is a better match for my values."
9. What are your salary expectations?
Rather than giving an exact amount, try a range instead.
"I am looking for a salary in the range of $50,000-$60,000 per year."