In this article written by Alyson Doyle for thebalance.com, you will find precious tips to answer the interview questions about you, why you left your job, your qualifications and your salary expectations.
Do you have a job interview coming up? The best way to get ready for an interview is to take the time to review the most common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Knowing what you're going to say can eliminate a lot of interview stress.
You don't need to memorize an answer, but do take the time to consider how you'll respond. The more you prepare, the more confident you'll feel during a job interview.
Job Interview Questions and Best Answers
Review examples of the best answers for the most frequently asked interview questions in several different categories, and advice on how to answer.
Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
Interview Questions About You
Interviewers will ask questions about you to gain insight into your personality, and to determine whether you're a fit for both the job and the company.
- Tell me about yourself.
- What is your greatest strength?
- What is your greatest weakness?
- Tell me about something that's not on your resume.
- How will your greatest strength help you perform?
- How do you handle failure?
- How do you handle success?
- Do you consider yourself successful? Why?
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- How would you describe yourself?
- Describe a typical work week.
- Are you lucky?
- Are you nice?
- Describe your work style.
- Do you work well with other people?
- Do you take work home with you?
- How are you different from the competition?
- How do you view yourself? Whom do you compare yourself to?
- How does this job fit in with your career plan?
- How many hours a week do you normally work?
- How would you adjust to working for a new company?
- How would you describe the pace at which you work?
- How would your co-workers describe your personality?
- Is there anything else we should know about you?
- -What motivates you?
- Are you a self motivator?
- What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make?
- What has been the greatest disappointment in your life?
- What are you passionate about?
- What are your hobbies?
- What are your pet peeves?
- What is your dream job?
- What will you miss most about your last job?
- What won’t you miss about your last job?
- Would you rather be liked or respected?
- Why should I take a risk on you?
- If you could relive the last 10 years of your life, what would you do differently?
Questions About Leaving Your Job
Employers almost always ask about why you left, or are leaving, your job. Be prepared with an explanation for why you're moving on.
- Why are you leaving your job?
- Why do you want to change jobs?
- Why were you fired?
- Why were you laid-off?
- Why did you quit your job?
- Why did you resign?
- What have you been doing since your last job?
- Why have you been out of work so long?
Interview Questions About Salary
Some of the hardest questions to answer during a job interview are about compensation.
Here's what you will be asked and examples of the best answers.
- What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
- What are your salary expectations?
- What are your salary requirements?
- Why would you take a job for less money?
Questions About Qualifications
The most important thing for interviewers to determine is whether you're qualified for the job. Here's what they will ask to find out.
- What applicable experience do you have?
- Are you overqualified for this job?
- How did you impact the bottom line?
- Interview questions about your abilities.
- What can you do better for us than the other candidates for the job?
- What part of the job will be the least challenging for you?
- Which parts of this job are the most challenging for you?
- What philosophy guides your work?
- What strength will help you the most to succeed?
- Why are you interested in taking a lower level job?
- Why are you interested in a non-management job?
Questions About Job Performance
How you performed in previous roles can indicate how you will perform in the job for which you're applying. Be prepared to answer questions about what you did well - and what you didn't.
- What do people most often criticize about you?
- What is the biggest criticism you received from your boss?
- What is the worst thing that you have ever gotten away with?
- What makes you angry?
- What problems have you encountered at work?
- What strategies would you use to motivate your team?
- What would you be looking for in an applicant?
- When was the last time you were angry? What happened?
- Why weren't you promoted at your last job?
- Tell me about something you would have done differently at work
- If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say?
- What type of work environment do you prefer?
- How do you evaluate success?
- Describe a difficult work situation / project and how you overcame it.
- Describe a time when your workload was heavy and how you handled it.
Interview Questions About Your Work History
Is your work history stable, has it prepared you for the job you're interviewing for, and do you have any gaps in your employment history that the company should be concerned about? Here's what you'll be asked about.
- Questions about your work history.
- Questions about your resume.
- What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met?
- What were your responsibilities?
- What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
- What have you learned from your mistakes?
- What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
- Which was most / least rewarding?
- What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position?
- Questions about job demotions.
- How have you impacted worker safety?
- Describe the gap in your employment history.
Questions About Management and Teamwork
How you get along with others, including both co-workers and managers, is important to all employers. Here are some of the questions employers ask about getting along at work.
- Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
- Describe your ideal boss.
- If you know your boss is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
- What do you expect from a supervisor?
- Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
- How did you fit in with the company culture?
- Describe how you managed a problem employee.
- Do you prefer to work independently or on a team?
- Give some examples of teamwork.
- More teamwork interview questions.
Questions About Why You Should Be Hired
Why should you be hired over the other candidates? Here's when you'll have the opportunity to make the case for getting a job offer.
- Why should we hire you?
- Why shouldn't we hire you?
- Why should we hire you instead of the other applicants for the job?
- Why are you the best person for the job?
- What can you contribute to this company?
Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company
What do you know about the company, why do you want the job, and what would you do if you were to be hired, are just some of the questions you'll be asked about the position and employer.
- How is our company better than your current employer?
- What interests you about this job?
- What do you know about this company?
- Why do you want this job?
- Why do you want to work here?
- What challenges are you looking for in a position?
- What can we expect from you in the first 60 days on the job?
- What do you see yourself doing within the first 30 days on the job?
- Are you willing to travel?
- What is good customer service?
- What would be your ideal company culture?
- When could you start work?
- Is there anything I haven't told you about the job or company that you would like to know?
Interview Questions About the Future
Are you going to stick around if you're hired is something most employers want to know. All these questions will gauge your interest in making a commitment.
- What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you?
- What is your professional development plan?
- Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
- Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
- What are your goals for the next five years / ten years?
- How do you plan to achieve your goals?
- What will you do if you don't get this position?
- Where else are you interviewing?
Behavioral Interview Questions
In addition to being ready to answer these standard questions, prepare for behavior-based interview questions. This is based on the premise that a candidate's past performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.
Interview Questions Employers Should Not Ask
There are some interview questions, typically known as illegal interview questions, that employers should not ask during a job interview. Here are questions that shouldn't be asked during a job interview and how to best respond.
Phone Job Interview Questions
Have a phone interview on the agenda? Here are common questions asked during a telephone interview, plus tips on how best to answer so you can move to the next stage of the interview process.
Interview Questions to Ask
The last job interview question you may be asked is "What can I answer for you?" Have an interview question or two of your own ready to ask. You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.
Source : Alyson Doyle, www.thebalance.com