In the majority of interviews there are some common interview questions which tend to come up regardless of industry or job. Interviewers know that many candidates are a little uptight at the start of an interview, so they typically ask a number of standard questions to relax candidates and get them into the flow of the interview.
As soon as you sit back in your chair and begin to settle into the interview, they will up their game and begin to pose questions which are more challenging, so watch out for the shift in emphasis and tempo! See the section on tough interview questions.
Commonly Asked Interview Questions
– What do you enjoy about working in this sector?
– What can you bring to this company?
– Give an example of a time when you had to meet a tough deadline?
– What kinds of people do you enjoy working with most?
– Give me an example of when your work was criticized?
– Give me an example of when you felt pressured at work? What coping strategies did you use?
– What type of people do you prefer to work with?
– What type of people do you find it difficult to work with?
– What excites you about wanting to work for this company?
– Give me an example of a time when you disagreed with your direct superior?
– Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Why?
– What recent feedback either positive or negative have you received from your boss?
– Are you someone who likes to take the initiative? Provide an example.
– Change is an on-going part of life in an organisation. How well do you cope with change? Can you provide an example?
– Give me an example of a project you worked on that failed. What did you learn?
Answers to Common Interview Questions
Below is a list of the most common interview questions, followed by a selection of excellent answers. Review the answers below, then have a go at writing out and practicing your own answers to these questions.
In addition to practicing your answers, brushing up on your interview skills is highly recommended.
Tell me about yourself?
This is usually the ice breaker question; it is typically used at the start of an interview to get you into the flow of an interview. This question is not asking you about you as a person, they are asking you to describe your career history. So, make sure you have an answer prepared in advance. Go through your history logically and get in now why you decided to leave your old job, so you can save being asked that question later on in the interview.
This is not the time to talk about your passion for train spotting! This is the time to talk about any areas of your career history that are specifically related to the job you are applying for. Be concise in your answer, at the same time demonstrate knowledge and passion about your chosen career.
Why do you want to work for our company?
Here is where you get to speak passionately about the job you are applying for. A great candidate will be able to cite particular things about the job that motivates them. Let them know that you have investigated the job and company thoroughly and then clearly explain what it is about the job and the company that excites you most.
Pick an aspect of the role that is essential and show your outstanding skill in being able to deliver the task in an exceptional way.
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
The reality is nobody can predict with 100% certainty were they will be in five years time, so it is best not to get caught up in the time frame of the question. Explain that you have researched the company thoroughly and you are keen to work with them because of the growth opportunities the company offers.
Interviewers are looking for candidates who will help them achieve their goals. Point out that the achievement of key company goals is very much in alignment with your own ambitions and this is an area you feel you could contribute in.
What do you know about this organization?
There is no substitute here for preparation. You will need to have done your research in advance, you will also need to demonstrate your knowledge not only of the company itself, but also the market it operates in, its key competitors as well as its products and services. A great candidate here will shine, for a poorly prepared candidate this question could spell interview disaster.
Demonstrate that you are aware of the challenges they face as an organisation and offer some solutions that you would implement if hired.
What are your interests and hobbies?
The best answer to this question is to pick something that affirms in the interviewers mind that you pursue outside activities, which are likely to relax you and leave you re-energized for the next day at work.
This is not the place to say you love to get drunk at the weekend, or the place to talk about an unusually hobby. It is best to pick something that may be boring but is seen as socially acceptable such as a sport of some description.
If you do your research in advance, you may be able to find out what the interviewer enjoys. If you can demonstrate you have similar tastes that will score rapport building points between you and the interviewer.
A word of caution though, you will need to be sincere about your degree of involvement in the area, as this tactic could trip you up if your limited knowledge in the area reveals a lack of honesty.
While there are common job interview questions which are relevant across all job categories, it is wise to also become familiar with the questions which relate to your specific job category.
Click here for more Good Answers to Interview Questions: STAR candidates have trained themselves to listen for the intent within the question. If you do this too your responses will impress the interviewer and put you streets ahead of the competition!
You may also be interested in…
Top 10 Interview Questions and 10 Brilliant Answers: Impress the Interviewer and land the job with your BRILLIANT responses to the top 10 interview questions.
Behavioral Interview Questions: Knowing how to handle the trickybehavioral interview questions, will give you the edge at the interview.
Interview Questions to Ask: Seal the deal and WIN the interview! Discover the best job interview questions to ask employers.
Originally posted 2016-09-06 15:26:37.