Employers ask many common questions during job interviews. Being prepared for these questions can give you a leg up so that you are not left in the dark during your interview. Some interview questions are more common than others.
Knowing the top 10 interview questions will give you an even bigger leg up during interviews. Ace your next job interview by reviewing the top 10 job interview questions. You don’t have to memorize these questions and answers, but do become familiar with them. That way the next time you sit down with an interviewer, you will look good, smart and confident.
1) What is your number one strength?
A) This is actually an easy job interview question. It is the most common question, so if you have done any interviewing at all, you should be used to it. If not, get used to it by coming up with a solid answer. When asked this question, it is important that you discuss strengths that are linked with the skills, attributes and qualities necessary to perform well in the job that you applied for. You also will benefit by using an example of how you used your strengths in a previous job. Here is an example. “When I am working on a project, I always apply my organizational and attention to detail skills. When I was putting together the new ERP system for the company I worked with previously, I developed a new reporting system that automatically tracked phone numbers and generated reports on personnel ID’s to check for duplicates and errors. That way I was confident I was entering all numbers and ID’s with 100 percent accuracy.”
2) What is your greatest weakness?
A) You can answer this question in many ways. One way to handle this is by talking about skills that you have that are not relevant to the job you have applied for. If you are in a technical or accounting job for example, that doesn’t require much customer service, you might mention that you are working on your customer service skills or presentation skills, which need a little fine-tuning. If you are a front desk or customer service agent or work as a receptionist, you might mention that your accounting or statistical analysis skills are not very strong, which is why you chose not to follow a career as a payroll specialist or CPA. Another way to tackle this problem is to mention how you turned something that was negative into a positive. For example, you might mention how you learned from a previous mistake in the past. This is an opportunity to show that you can learn from your past mistakes.
3) Describe a time when you had to handle stress. How did you cope with it?
A) This is a very common question. Everyone has to deal with stress. Talk about how you are able to work under pressure and not let pressure work you. “I manage stress outside of work by taking yoga classes and by swimming. It’s a great way to release stress and pressure and stay fit. I find it very enjoyable and a great way to balance work and fitness.” Another way to answer this question is to talk about your productivity. “I never let stress affect my motivation at work. I stay positive and find that a good sense of humor is a great way to cope with stress. I try to stay positive and remember that it is important to balance stress with my reaction to it. Staying positive helps me keep a good balance between reaction and action and thus I stay healthy.”
4) Why are you applying for this job and leaving your current position?
A) This is a common question. If you have been terminated, try answering in a positive manner. Never leave a bad impression by speaking negatively of a former employer. “I enjoy new challenges. The time has come for me to broaden my perspective and accept new challenges.” You might also speak of your previous experiences. “My previous employer and I decided that it was better for us both for me to look at new opportunities and a better fit for my skills, talents and abilities. I am confident that this opportunity is an excellent fit. I have a lot of ideas and experience to bring to the table as we have been discussing.”
5) Why are you the best candidate for this position?
A) When asked this question, give solid answers highlighting your skills and any accomplishments or achievements that make you the best candidate for the position you have interviewed for. Talk about any achievements you made related to the job at previous employers. Stay positive and emphasize your interest in the position.
6) Tell me a bit about yourself.
A) Do not make a long-winded speech about your childhood or previous employers. You want to concisely tell the interviewer something practical and relevant about your job experience, skills or ability. The best way to approach this question is to use a short story or anecdote that tells the interviewer something about how your skills, talents and abilities make you a good fit for the job. “I am a bright, talented IT enthusiast that won IT entrepreneur of the year in 2012 for discovering a new software program I am confident will help your company increase profits in the next fiscal calendar year.”
7) Why do you want to work here?
A) Tell the employer what your goals are, and how your skills, talents and abilities match the job requirements. Let the employer know why you applied and why this job is a good match for your skills, talents and abilities.
8) Describe the type of boss you work best with.
A) State something specific. Talk positive and avoid negatives. “I work well with a boss that communicates openly with me about job requirements, duties and ongoing goals.”
9) Tell me your salary requirements.
A) Find out what the salary is for the job is that is possible ahead of time. If there is no salary posted then do some research. Find out what the market is paying and what you are worth. Make a reasonable salary offer based on this information. Do your best to avoid making a salary offer if you can. You can ask the employer if they have a salary range they plan to pay the person in this position.
10) What kind of people do you have problems getting along with?
A) Usually an interviewer is trying to find out if you are a fit for their culture when asking this question. The best answer is to tell the interviewer that you have no problems getting along with anyone. Remain positive and let the interviewer know that you are the best fit for their company. Smile.