Top 10 Mostly Asked Job Interview Questions

Job Interview Preparation
Job Interview Preparation

In every job interview, the interviewer asks some common questions which are essential to know about you.So, preparing for these questions in advance 'll be a plus point for you in the interview to answer them with out hesitation.Every question asked is used to differentiate your skills, and personality from other candidates. There is actually no correct answer to any interview questions.What matters is how you answered them.The companies just want to know whether you can fulfil their goals if you are given a job.Below are the top 10 most commonly asked job interview questions:

1. Can You Tell Me Something About Yourself?

This is the probably the most terrifying interview questions of all time and the most difficult to answer as well.But Just relax for a while and make a brief but systematic statement which highlights your education, professional achievements, future goals and also covers a description of your qualifications for the job and potential contributions you could make to the organization.Avoid telling those things about your name, your birth date, where you live, hobbies and other extra curricular activities.2. What are your weaknesses?

2. What Are Your Weaknesses?

With regards to your weaknesses, you should answer them with things that you are improving upon and make sure that it is work related.Handle this question by minimising your weakness and emphasising your strengths. Stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits:Be positive; turn a weakness into a strength. Do not just tell your weak points; you should back up your statement with things that you are doing to improve your weak points.You can say for example, "I am always working on improving my communication skills to be a more effective presenter. I recently joined Toastmasters, which I find very helpful."

3.What Are Your Strengths or Best Skills ?

Be sure that you tackle those points that would help you do the job you’re applying for.If you have sufficiently researched the organization, you should be able to imagine what skills the company value and briefly describe them.Tell something about your technical skills and your qualifications and be sure to support them with specific examples like how you can deal tough situations related to the company to yield good results.

4. Why Should We Hire You?

Basically, this question is about selling yourself. Just like the first question, telling something about your self.Tell them something about what makes you unique and what you can contribute to the company.Summarize your experiences: if you have any like "With five years' experience working in the financial industry and my proven record of saving the company money, I could make a big difference in your company. I'm confident I would be a great addition to your team."

5. What Do You Know About Our Company?

The interviewer wants to listen for an answer that indicates you've given this some thought and are not sending out resumes just because there is an opening.So, for answering this question, you must have a research about the company you are applying to.It would be better if you tell them that you want to know more about the company.You can say that you are searching for companies like them and their company is very high on your list of desirable choices.This shows that you are interested to the company and you really wanted to be part of the team.

6. Why Did you Leave (Or Why Are You Leaving) Your Previous Job ?

Not all interviewees can deliver a straight forward answer to this question.Each of you have your reasons for leaving your job.but make sure your answer don't affect your interview.Be honest about your mistakes if any you did and show them that you can accept responsibility and learn from your mistakes.By all means you should keep your answers in a positive manner. As much as possible, do not give them a hint on how much you hate your current officemate or your boss.If you did not have any problems, you could opt for the following answers: relocated away from job; company went out of business; laid off; temporary job; no possibility of advancement; wanted a job better suited to your skills.

7. Why Do You Want to Work Here?

The point of asking this question is to determine whether you have an idea about where you want to work or you’re just applying to any company that has a job opening.So, Work up a little enthusiasm and unless you're in sales, don't say 'money'! Show the interviewer your interest in the company.Having a brief research on a company before your interview can help you to stand out as a competent applicant.Share what you learned about the job, the company and the industry through your own research. It would be helpful if you can think of some reasons about what you can contribute to the company.Talk about how your professional skills will benefit the company.

8.What Are Your Goals (or Career Aspirations) ?

Sometimes it's best to talk about short-term and intermediate goals rather than locking yourself into the distant future.You should focus on your career-advancement goals that are related with the job you are applying for.Let him know that you are ambitious enough to plan ahead. Talk about your desire to learn more and improve your performance, and be specific as possible about how you will meet the goals you have set for yourself.For example, "My immediate goal is to get a job in a growth-oriented company. My long-term goal will depend on where the company goes. I hope to eventually grow into a position of responsibility."

9. What Salary Are You Expecting?

Before going for the interview, find out the current salary range is for the profession.It is to your advantage if the employer tells you the range first. Negotiate for the best package. Try not to answer this one with a figure.Prepare by knowing the going rate in your area, and your bottom line or walk-away point.You could ask the interviewer what he is planning to pay the best candidate. Let the employer make the first offer and then if it is not good enough, make a quote.

10. Is There Something Else To Say I Have Forgotten To Ask You?

Use this as a chance to summarize your good characteristics and attributes and how they may be used to benefit the organization.Tell them your qualities that are related to the position you are applying for. Give them some ways in which you can help the company grow and be productive by sharing your thoughts and ideas.Convince the interviewer that you understand the job requirements and that you can succeed.

Lastly, Interview questions are very tricky and you should be more careful in answering them. Respond appropriately, just relax and be yourself. Your future career relies on how you deliver your answers.

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honey 8 years ago Author

any comments on these questions are appreciated ..i would be more than happy if you share your best answers to any question here in addition to what i provided which can help others also :)


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crazycat 8 years ago from Philippines

Good list of questions. I should remember this. I'm young and have opportunities coming. It could help me.


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myi4u 8 years ago from United Kingdom

This is quite a popular question too.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

It really depends on the position and company that you are interviewing. I would normally say that I would be involved in more decision-making process. Also, I am told that we should use the phrase, 'I believe' rather than 'I think' because it shows that we are more confident.


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monitor 8 years ago from The world.

This is a great hub. I am sure the information provided by Honey will help many. If I was to focus on one point I would say try not to say, "me" or "I" too much in interviews unless you are telling the firm how you can help them. Answers like "i really think this will help me broaden my....." are all to common. As Honey says, the company wants to know how you can help them. Not how they can help you. Of course they will car that they can look after your needs or you will soon be gone. However do focus on what you can do for them.

Thank you Honey,

Your fan.

Mon.


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John Lumberjack 8 years ago from Honolulu

Yeah really nice hub. It's good to be prepared for job interview. It's like to forecast future.


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honey 8 years ago Author

thanx 4 ur comments monitor, john.


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Gadzooks 8 years ago from United Kingdom

Spot on with this list, job interviews really are standard procedure these days arent they.

The last question is usually "do you have any questions"... I always have a few!

The "why do you want to work here" is always the most cretinous to answer, as you cannot say "for the money"... luckily, with my current job I did actually want to do the work, but in the past I have had to conjure up some garbage for them, which i hate doing... but in that situation honesty (I need the money) just doesnt pay!


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candees 8 years ago from Arroyo Grande

You hit the nail on the head with this hub. I worked as a restaurant manager for quite some time and these questions were one's I asked of interviewees every time.


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nalinw 8 years ago

Great post Honey,

I agree with what you have said. I also advise my students to be specific with their answers, try to sell benefits through predesigned stories (weakness, strengths, motivations for leaving and joining) and to try to deliver three messages within 2 minutes for every answer - that seems to be about the optimum.

These goals are difficult to achieve, but it is always helpful to know what you are aiming for and with practice and thought you can make real progress.

Thanks again for this really well laid out hub


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dilcc 8 years ago

Hi,

You are right Sir,

I got this questions lot of times. It's good to be prepared for job interview


dr shabana 8 years ago

this was a nice piece of information . It will definitely help me as i am desperately looking for a job


yogi arora 8 years ago

THESE QUESTIONS ARE VERY HELPFULL FOR A FRESHAR CANDIDATE


jovoe 7 years ago

Thanks honey.


vish 7 years ago

This answers are so clear about what you need to know for a particular question asked.

thanks


Indah Yuliana Pasaribu Bondar 7 years ago

Thank you for marvelous descriptions. it's so clear! thanks alot.


kalpesh 7 years ago

thanks for help


titus sam 6 years ago

really superb... for many freshers.. like sam..


dracaslair 6 years ago

this is great for young poeple.i know some haveing trouble getting work these days.i come from a small town.


ranu and simran 6 years ago

we think this questions will help us out to

get through our queries...........thanks


Mikayla 6 years ago

this list helped me prepare for a job interview, I feel much more confident now. Thank you!


Rakesh Kumar Kataria 6 years ago

I think it will help.


Manisha 6 years ago

Really, it's good hub. For preaparation of interview.


rahmatalam 6 years ago

really it works thanx


Asif Safdar 6 years ago

I am very very thankful for help.


nevatha 5 years ago

very nice


vivek 5 years ago

I impressed...


RIAZ kHOSA 5 years ago

I,m a fresh graduate, I got very helpful information for my job interviews from these questions.

Special thanks to Honey for these helpful questions


ankita 5 years ago

thanks a lot......


Anil Dutt 5 years ago

it is so good to improve our professional skills.


Dino 5 years ago

Good to Know knowledge... but this is really helpful for freshers to prepare themselves for an interview..

Thanks.....


knownun 5 years ago

nice to know you,,this stuff would help me alot!!!!!!!!!!!tnx for yhe info...


pankaj 5 years ago

very nice


angelo 5 years ago

I,m a fresh graduate, I got very helpful information for my job interviews from these questions.

Special thanks to Honey for these helpful question


Muhammad Asif Lahori 5 years ago

Good Q & A for any interview.


reynan 5 years ago

nice!!!it can really help me.


lina 5 years ago

i'm actually going for an interview end of this week, and reading these Q's I was able to get some answers out of me that I wouldn't of been able if I was to try on my own. Thx H.... a lot of employers also ask in the end, " do you have any questions for me"..I always get stuck here because by the time intervie is over, eveything is covered. what do I do then? I hear asking Q's is very mportant too.


NAVEEN 5 years ago

VERY NICE.......... I LIKE YOUR COMMENTS


amit singh kohli 5 years ago

everybody knows dese question but dont knw that how u can answer dese question ??? so this is very helpfull


estong 5 years ago

nice!!its useful!


Dale 5 years ago

Yeah! This guide just helped me get through the first interview for an apprenticeship..thanks a lot...hope it'll work on the 2nd interview...wepeeee ^_^


Harish Kumar 5 years ago

this help me so much


fakhi khushnood 4 years ago

I think it will help.


vijay 4 years ago

very nice


Sudarshan 4 years ago

These question is very helpful for me

so thanks very much.


R.K 4 years ago

What if we offer low salary package as compared to your previous job,then would you still prefer working with us?


melanie 4 years ago

Perfect!!! I'm all ready to go for an interview again... Thank you so much!


suresh 4 years ago

thanks for ur explanation

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