Job Interview

20 Common Interview Questions and What to Say

common interview questions

While you can never guarantee what questions you are going to get at an interview, there are a number that you most likely to turn up. Preparing yourself to answer these questions will also inspire you for similar questions but be ready for the outside-the-box strange question that many businesses now use!

1. Tell me about yourself

Give a few basic details about yourself then highlight a few relevant details from your education before speaking about your professional experience. Focus on skills and experience that is relevant to the job at hand.

2. Tell me something more about yourself

Just when you think you have answered the ‘tell me about yourself‘ question well, many interviewers will ask you for more. Try to pick something that is both relevant and isn’t on your resume or isn’t there in any detail. Because your resume only contains the basics, add in more information about a skill or trait that is appealing considering the role.

3. What is your experience in this field?

Talk about the jobs you have held but also elements within it – courses you have taken, tools or software used as well as projects that you have worked on. Include dates to show that the information is still current.

4. What skills do you have?

Before an interview, write a list of the skills you have that have an impact on the job you are applying for. Remember this to prompt yourself when you go the interview. Then take that snippet and add to it, so if you are a team player, speak about the skills required to be a good team member such as listening to others.

5. Why did you leave your last job?

Be positive and be honest when answering this question. Focus on the positive reasons for changing jobs such as looking for a new challenge or a lack of career growth in your old job. Perhaps you were a victim of restructuring or the company has relocated, these are also legitimate reasons.

6. Why were you fired?

This happens to people for a host of reasons including financial cut backs or differences within the work place. Whatever the reason, he honest about it and try not to blame a previous boss.

7. What do you know about this company?

Do a little research into the company beforehand so you know its background, maybe its current focus or direction. The question is often about your analytic skills as your interest in the organisation.

8. Why do you want this job?

Focus on the main aspects of the job and why this appeals to you. It might be the chance to learn new technology, work in a new environment or work on a specific type of project. Or focus on that it is a natural extension of your skills or experience and the best step on your career path.

9. What do you find interested about this role?

Focus on the career benefits of the job rather than financial aspects or benefits.

10. What challenges are you looking for from this job?

The role itself helps you choose what challenges you will focus on for this question. If it job involves working with a certain software or a project, then the challenges of this is what you are searching for from the role.

11. Would you relocate or be willing to travel?

Employers look for flexibility but also practicality – you might not be keen to relocate with two school age kids but be willing to travel for a time. Be honest.

12. What salary are you seeking?

Sometimes this is about seeing if you are money or career focused. Negotiating the salary package happens after the job is offered so simply state a salary range within what is mentioned in the job advert.

13. What kind of goals and objectives do you have for your career?

Like Question 9, the aspects of the job can be used to give you an answer and should be orientated towards the employer, what benefits them.

14. What motives you?

Go for specific statements based around the role such as enjoy interacting with customers on a regular basis or working with a team to achieve a goal.

15. Can you work without supervision?

Obviously yes but this is a chance to use your experience of working alone and with a team to back up your suitability for the role.

16. What’s the most difficult situation you have faced and how did you handle it?

Pick something from your experience that highlights certain skills such as taking action, strategizing or clarifying the root of a problem to solve it.

17. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Don’t be defensive with this one but use it as a chance to highlight your skills and include a weakness that can even be a benefit such as needing to learn more about a certain skill.

18. How do you manage working as part of a team?

Give examples from your previous role where you successfully worked as part of a team and what you contributed to this project.

19. What makes you the best candidate for this job?

Consider the skills and talents you have that make you the best person for the job but avoid sounding boastful. You can review your experience and use this as evidence to back up your case.

20. Why should we hire you?

Like question 19, look at a series of short, sharp reasons why you are the best candidate for the job. Highlight your skills and experience, your personal accomplishments, education but slant it all from the view of what that brings to the employer.


  1. I don’t like questions like 19 and 20. And to be honest, I don’t think they’re appropriate for a job interview. But the recruiters keep asking these questions. If their goal is to determine how confident a person is, it’s better to ask other questions.
    Thank you! It’s good to know everyone who’s looking for a job.

    1. Yeah, some of these pesky interview questions are meant to make the candidate feel uncomfortable or at least to make him/her step outside the comfort zone to see how you react to this situation.

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