Top 50 Common Interview Questions: Here’s How To Answer Them.

Introduce yourself?

How to answer: (This the first question that is shot to you in an interview) Yes, your answer should start with your name. Give a slight background of your education, your work history, your personality, your family and mention things that you like to do and are passionate about.

Describe your working style?

How to answer: Put in words like ‘dedicated’, ‘passionate’, ‘punctual’, ‘productive’ in your answer. Assure your interviewer that you get things done in time and try new approaches to getting things done.

Why did you choose us?

How to answer: First let them know how you came to know about the company. Convey that you have heard about the company in the industry and have been following them. Put in praises but make sure not to sound too flattering.

Why should we hire you?

How to answer: It would be best to focus on your strengths and skills. Express how passionate you are about the job and that you are ready to join the business and acquire new skills.

What improvements do you think we can bring in our business?

How to answer: Firstly add praises about the organisation and how you have heard a lot about them. Compliment the atmosphere and ambience telling them you find the place ideal and would add your feedback as you start working.

What would you consider your greatest strengths & weakness?

How to answer: Name your strengths and weaknesses honestly. If you haven’t really thought about your strengths and weaknesses, you can again give in words like ‘dedicated’, ‘confidence’, ‘time management’ in your strengths and for weaknesses you can go into a little clever lane and say that ‘overworking’ is your weakness.

What experience do you have in this field?

How to answer: If you have worked before, give a background on that work experience. If you haven’t then mention your passion and interest in the field. You can share your internship experience, if you have any.

What about work flexibility? Would you be able to work in shifts and during weekends?

How to answer: Answer to this question should always be positive. Say that you are flexible enough to work on shifts. Also add that you are aware that if the job needs you to be available during the weekends and holidays, you are ready.

Why do you want to work for our company?

How to answer: You can answer this question by saying that you have heard the company’s name in the industry. If someone recommended the organisation to you, you can stress the fact. You can also say that you identify with the company’s vision and values.

What is your Salary expectation?

How to answer: Rather than throwing out numbers straight to the interviewers face, say that you are more focused on learning new skills and things related to your job. Also, don’t hesitate to tell the amount you were being paid in the previous organisation, if asked.

Why did you leave your last job?

How to answer: Never try to blame the previous organisation i.e. picking out fault in them or their system, give reasons like you are seeking for more professional growth and looking out for new challenges and career prospects.

Why not freelancing?

How to answer: One of the best reasons you can give to this is work experience. Answer by saying you want to know more about the work culture and gain experience. Stress more on you trying to improve your core professional skills, so that you don’t come across as someone who is trying to get the job for only a short period of time.

What do co-workers say about you?

How to answer: With this question as well, letting your strengths out will be best. Say that your coworkers would describe you as hard working, determined and punctual or maybe confident and sincere.

Three things you look for in an ideal job?

How to answer: You can say that you look forward to having Liberty for creativity, getting to work on teams and making sure you are trusted.

How do you keep up with deadlines?

How to answer: To answer this you can say that you maintain a schedule, make a to-do list for each day and make sure you always complete a day’s task so that the next day you start fresh.

What motivates you most to work?

How to answer: Your answer can go like, hunger for career growth, passion towards what you do, creative approach and ambition to do better. Showing passion and confidence while answering this question is key.

How do you handle uncooperative collaborators?

How to answer: Mention that you try not to lose your calm, be polite but firm while dealing with these kinds of people. Not taking things personally and always trying to bring peace.

What would your average day look like in the office?

How to answer: You can say that you first prepare a to-do list with the day’s task to complete, and try and follow that. Complete the top priority tasks first followed by others.

Are you a team player?

How to answer: This answer should always be positive. Convey that you like working in a team to produce good results rather than working alone. Say that when you work in a team you learn a lot from your co-workers.

Discuss your resume?

How to answer: Give a brief explanation about the points you have highlighted in your resume. This includes explaining about your previous work experience, any volunteer work, educational background and discussing other training and workshops if you have taken any.

Discuss your educational background?

How to answer: (Sometimes instead of the above question, you are asked this) In this explain where you went to school and college. Give a brief explanation about how life was like at those institutions and all things that you learned there expect the textbook knowledge.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

How to answer: It is very important that you stress your goals while answering this question. You can say that you see yourself at a certain position with developed skills and a more acquired knowledge of the industry.

Are you willing to travel?

How to answer: Your answer should start with a definite yes, indicating that you are open to travel if required.

Are you willing to relocate?

How to answer: Same as the above question, your answer should be positive to indicate that you are ready to relocate if your job demands.

What is your philosophy towards work?

How to answer: Quoting some sayings to support your answer works best for this question. Example “Either the day runs you or you run the day.”, “I’m a greater believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.” etc

What have you learned from mistakes on the job?

How to answer: Say that you have learned how to prioritize tasks and how to manage your time. You can also add that you have learnt to say no, which is required sometimes to increase focus and produce good results.

Describe your management style.

How to answer: You can describe the management style of your mentor or someone you idolise from the industry. You can even describe the management style of your previous supervisor or manager for that matter.

Are you willing to work overtime? Prepare for night shift and work on Weekends?

How to answer: Give them a positive sign that yes you are ready to work overtime and even night shift and weekends if it is the demand of the job.

What will you do if you don’t get this position?

How to answer: Say that this won’t be the end and you will keep challenging yourself. Say that you may take on courses to learn new skills.

What have you done to improve your knowledge in the last year?

How to answer: If you took on any training, learnt new skills or even did volunteer work it would be best to mention that. But if you did not do any of that you can simply say you practise your skills at home while looking at trends and work your hands on new technologies and various softwares.

How long would you expect to work for us in case you are hired?

How to answer: Make sure that you don’t say any exact number of years. It would be better to answer this by saying that you are hopeful and confident that working at the organization would be full of learning opportunities and a fun experience.

Describe your ability to work under pressure.

How to answer: Tell your interviewer that you try to increase your focus while keeping your calm. Say that pressure gives you a kind of adrenaline rush which makes working more fun.

Why do you think you would do well at this job?

How to answer: If you have the right experience, highlight that along with mentioning the skills that you bring to the table.

What role do you tend to play in a team?

How to answer: It is best to express your flexibility here. Say that you can be a leader when it comes to leading and be an equally good follower at the same time.

Do you know anyone who works in our company?

How to answer: If there is anyone you know, your answer would be yes followed by an explanation of your relationship with them. If you don’t know anyone, your answer would be a simple no.

What is the most challenging thing about working with you?

How to answer: Phrasing your answer by saying that you are a workaholic and that you are strict when it comes to your work and schedule would be best.

What suggestion/s have you made in your previous employment that was implemented?

How to answer: Mention any of your achievements or suggestions implemented by the previous organization. If there are none just mention the roles you played there.

How do you cope with stress?

How to answer: Say that you read a book or listen to music, indulge in recreational activities or sports.

Would you rather be liked or feared?

How to answer: (This is a tricky question so don’t let it get to your head) Just say that you would maintain a professional/cordial relationship with your colleagues. Add by saying you will be a leader when needed, a follower at times, a critic, a partner, a problem solver and celebrate victories when needed.

Would you rather work for money or job satisfaction?

How to answer: (This is another tricky question) The best way to answer this would be saying that money is what you are paid for the work you do while satisfaction is what you create. You can have job satisfaction by setting new goals and achieving them, by constantly challenging yourself.

What was your biggest challenge with your previous boss?

How to answer: (This is another extremely tricky question) You must have experienced a bad rapport with your previous boss but don’t let that show here. Don’t insult or badmouth him but instead phrase it in a way where you say that your boss’s critical approach made you improve at certain things.

Do you enjoy working as part of a team?

How to answer: The answer to this question should be definite yes.

Why do you think you deserve this job?

How to answer: Express your desire for the position, mention all the skills and experience you possess which will be required for the post.

Has anything ever irritated you about people you’ve worked with?

How to answer: The answer should go like even though you faced those instances you tend not to let that ruin your focus and your work.

Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.

How to answer: Give a backstory about any instance where you must have faced the kind of situation. The key to answering this question is putting in words like ‘calm’ and ‘focus’.

Why are you looking for a new job?

How to answer: Say that you are looking for new challenges so that you can achieve professional growth and acquire new skills at the same time.

Are you willing to make sacrifices for this company?

How to answer: Your answer should be positive but not a blind yes. Make your interviewer believe that you will do your best of your abilities to make the work done and bring out good results.

What are your career goals?

How to answer: The answer to this should be that you wish to learn as much as you can. Acquire new skills on the way and hopefully climb that career ladder.

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

How to answer: Add on any information if you have. If you don’t, just say that you had a nice time talking to the interviewer and thank him for making you comfortable throughout the interview.

Do You Have Any Questions for Us?

How to answer: If you have any questions and doubts ask them. If not, politely thank them for their time and for making you comfortable throughout the interview.

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