10 Most Common Job Interview Questions and Answers

Answers to 10 most common job interview questions

One of the most commonly asked questions: Tell me about yourself. Every interview starts with some sort of ice breaker where the interviewer wants to know you on a more personal level. That being said, you should know what to answer. They are not expecting a bunch of irrelevant things about you. Instead, how your personality fits in with the company and the job role that you have applied for. For eg., if you have applied for a job that involves working with people one on one, you should emphasize on your interpersonal skills or team-based hobbies that you undertake.

Moving on to, Why are you interested in this job?. When asked, the recruiters want to know how passionate are you about the company. This is a good time for you to talk about the knowledge you have about the company such as the company values, the projects that they are working on or any other interesting fact about the company. Generally, all this information is out there on the website. So do your research and then go for the interview. Do not begin with telling them that you are interested in the salary. It is an instant red flag for the recruiter.

Now talking about, What are your greatest strengths? Be careful while answering this question. It is important not to be too arrogant or too modest. Make sure that to talk about relevant things that are related to the job and don’t spend much time talking about your hobbies or skills that are irrelevant. For eg, If you have applied for a Business Analyst job, tell them that you are good with numbers and analytical skills. That’s it.

Now the next question would be “What are your weaknesses?”. Keep this in mind that your weakness is not your strength in disguise. Do not try to avoid this question by saying you have no weaknesses at all. As it may come across as your incapability of self-reflection. You could say that earlier in your career, you could not handle or organise a large workload. But through day planners and efficient time delegation, I could overcome this.

Lastly, Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? Many people think that the employer wants to hear that they are going to be with the company for the longest of years, which is quite unrealistic. If you do not plan to stay at the company for more than years, let them know. But if you have other career goals, make sure that communicate it to them. For eg, in the next 5 years, I wish to see myself in a management role. This way you make them aware of your career goals and they can help you accommodate them. Job interviews can be a scary process. But with enough preparation, anyone can ACE them.