31 Most Asked Questions, Answers and Tips in Job Interviews
Job Interview is the most crucial element of the job application process. It is where you are in judgment of being accepted or rejected as an applicant. It is the best time to showcase the employer or hiring manager why you are the perfect candidate for the job. It is the ideal timing to reveal what you are capable of, and the desirable characteristics that you own.
Honestly, a job interview is also the most nerve-wracking portion of the job application process. Since you are to talk to the employer or hiring manager face-to-face, you really couldn't restrain nervousness and most of the time leads to unimpressive answers or poor impressions about you.
What should you do? Well, the only answer is to prepare yourself for the job interview and prepare answers from questions usually asked during job interviews. The idea of preparing answers for job interviews is not about remembering responses to questions. It could also help you assess yourself as a person, an applicant and a future professional. Just make sure you are confident enough, and you are into getting into the company.
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.— Winston Churchill
Here are 30 common questions asked and sample answers during job interviews. Note that sample answers are in a fresh graduate's point of view. You could remove, add, or change the answer but make sure to follow the tips provided after the sample answers. Just follow the tips, and you can never go wrong in your job interview.
Question 1: Tell me about yourself.
Sample Answer: I graduated Magna Cum Laude for Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at Malayan Colleges Laguna. I was a consistent academic scholar at my university. I am proficient in AutoCAD Software and SketchUp Pro. In fact, we had several courses utilizing this software like Building Design Courses for Concrete and Steel. I am also knowledgeable in performing structural analysis, quantity take-offs and costs estimation of a construction project. I had my internship at ABC Construction Company where I was able to finish all these construction functions effectively.
Keep your answer job-related or education-related. Do not mention personal information like your hobbies and your likes or dislikes.
Mention your academic background, skills, knowledge, and past experiences. Do not forget to include something that will strengthen or prove your statements.
Question 2: How do you vision yourself in the future as a professional?
Sample Answer: I envision myself to be in the managerial position in the next 5-8 years and look forward to establishing my own construction company in the future. It is my ultimate dream to handle a construction business and to provide the best construction services in the country.
Tell that you are aiming for a managerial position. Also, do not hesitate to tell your ultimate dream in your field.
Question 3: What are your weaknesses?
Sample Answer: I am quite slow in getting ready in the morning, so I set my alarm clock two hours before the time of school or work.
Always strive to say a positive response in discussing your weaknesses. You tell your weakness and say something that you do to overcome it.
Question 4: What are your strengths?
Sample Answer: Well, I pride myself as a fast learner. I can easily pick-up directions and information. I also have excellent leadership and communication skills that I honed for several years already. In fact, I was able to attend numerous leadership training before funded by our city government. Also, I am an active officer in our transportation organization. I am also skilled in the management of projects. I was able to manage activities and events back in our organization.
Sell yourself to the employer. Mention characteristics or traits that will show and make you a desirable employee in the company.
Positive Characteristics Circular Diagram
Question 5: What do you know about the type of work we do?
Sample Answer: I researched that your company is one of the leading construction firms in foundation works specifically in Piling Foundations. You are also entitled to providing other construction services such as the construction of Ports, Harbors, Marine/Offshore Engineering and Infrastructures like highways, bridges and industrial and power plants.
Research about the company. Be particular about the type of work they do.
Question 6: Why should we hire you?
Sample Answer: I believe that I have the skills and knowledge needed for this job. I can design using AutoCAD and perform construction calculations. I also assume that my previous experience with ABC Company will help me to become ready for this job. You should hire me because I am already physically, mentally and intellectually prepared for this job.
Show why working in the company is very important to you. Do not compare yourself to other applicants.
Question 7: What is your greatest achievement so far?
Sample Answer: The highest accomplishment in my life was being a student scholar during college, and completed with Latin Honor. These were very meaningful to me. I was able to pay only 1/4 of the total average tuition fee every year. It is something I am proud of because I was able to help my parents with their expenses and make them proud of me.
In telling your highest accomplishment, mention the reason why it is what it is.
Question 8: Do you consider yourself successful?
Sample Answer: Yes, Of course. Being able to graduate on-time in an engineering school is hard. It was like you're going through the eye of the needle. I worked hard for five years and battled out everything to survive. So, I am proud and consider myself successful in that way. Also, being able to be here in front you given an opportunity is a huge stepping stone for me and regarded myself as successful in any way.
Every achievement is a servitude. It compels us to a higher achievement.— Albert Camus
Always say yes. Remember that reaching small goals are also achievements. Mention how you worked hard to achieved those achievements.
Question 9: What do your colleagues say about you?
Sample Answer: I steadily get positive feedback from my co-workers. My friends say that I am always approachable. In fact, they are always asking me to teach them about our lectures and for me, I am willing to help. They also like my flexibility and time management. I tend to do so many activities simultaneously, I study, join as an officer of organizations, write articles in Hub Pages, take online courses, and I still manage to get high grades.
Recall good things your colleagues say about you.
Question 10: How long do you plan to stay with us if hired?
Sample Answer: I am planning to stay as long as I am contributing to the company, and we both feel that I am doing my job well.
Don't be specific in answering this question. Try saying you are staying for long.
Question 11: Do you think you are overqualified for the position you are applying for?
Sample Answer: I think I am not overqualified but rather highly qualified for the job. I've built my foundation in civil engineering concepts at school and executed these concepts to real-life scenarios when I intern for Construction Companies before. Also, since our school uses Outcome Based Education or OBE, we always have to produce projects or outputs at the end of the term about the subjects.
Regardless of your qualifications, say that you are fully-qualified. Then, support your statement.
Question 12: Are you applying for other jobs?
Sample Answer: Yes, I have submitted my resume to some other construction companies.
Be honest. Tell that you also applied to other companies. If they think you are an asset to their company, they'll offer you the job as soon as possible and might give you a good salary.
Question 13: Describe your management style.
Sample Answer: Well, I provide guidance and motivation to my members. I always spread positivism among my group. I also think that communication is the solution to being successful as a group. I try to talk to each of them on how they are doing and what they feel about it.
Mention how you deal with subordinates. Say something positive.
Question 14: Are you a team player?
Sample Answer: Yes, I am a team player. In high school, I joined so many leadership training in our city funded by the government and the Supreme Student Government Organization and selected as the PRO. When I was in college, I joined Philippine Institute for Civil Engineers Organization of our school and elected as an officer. I also became the Executive Vice President of the Transportation Organization during my last year in college. I've always wanted to be working in groups because I like the interaction and the fact that you help your teammates and vice versa.
Always say that you are a team player. Mention examples to support your claim.
Question 15: What is your philosophy in work?
Sample Answer: My philosophy at work is simple. Just do your best at all times, and everything will settle into a great place.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.— Og Mandino
Keep your answer short, simple, and concise. Don't give a monologue.
Question 16: What position do you prefer in a team?
Sample Answer: Honestly, I don't mind my position in a team. As long as I am happy with my workmates and I contribute significantly to the group, any stand is okay for me. Although, being the team leader is a great opportunity, but experiencing being a team member lets you understand the whereabouts of the work.
Don't mention a specific position. Say you are comfortable with any.
Question 17: What are the things you don't like in a co-worker?
Sample Answer: I am the person who doesn't have much to say about my co-workers. I am the type of person who is very understanding, and considerate to a certain extent. But, I'm pretty sure that I am always flexible in dealing with other people, and I get along with my co-workers of any character.
Do not say anything negative about your colleagues. Divert the negativity and assure that you inform the hiring manager that you always get along with other people.
Question 18: Why do you think you would do well in the job you are applying for?
Sample Answer: I have a great interest in civil engineering. I am very passionate about my work, and that is the important thing I have to be successful in this field. Along with passion, I am very dedicated, goal-oriented and hardworking person. Together with these traits of mine, I am well-knowledgeable of my work. I am proficient in Microsoft Office Applications, AutoCAD Software, and all other civil engineering software. I also think that my past experiences will play a big part for me to able to succeed in my job.
Nothing is as important as passion. No matter what you want to do with your life, be passionate.— Jon Bon Jovi
Mention your skills, experiences, and interests.
Question 19: Which is more important, money or work?
Sample Answer: In my perspective, both are very important in life. We need money to continue living, but job satisfaction is as important as money.
Play safe. Say both work and money are valuable.
Question 20: Are you willing to work overtime? Weekends?
Sample Answer: Working overtime is okay with me. There are real instances where you feel like finishing something up before you get home. So, why not finish everything during work and not stress yourself at home thinking about the upcoming deadline. As for weekends, I prefer not to. I would like to spend my weekends with my family and treat them to a good eating place.
Be honest in deciding about this. Try to consider different factors such as transportation or events.
Question 21: Do you able to work under pressure?
Sample Answer: Yes, Ma'am. As an engineering graduate, the pressure is always with us especially when I was in college. For instance, I remember that there was a time where exams, quizzes, and deadlines of projects are of the same day. I was panicking and felt sad about it. What I did was, I set goals days before the deadline. I managed my time strictly, and try to focus and not insert extra activities along the way. Fortunately, I was able to finish my projects and studying everything before that day.
Cite an example or event where you handled pressure so well.
Question 22: Would you be willing to relocate for the job?
Sample Answer: Yes, I am willing to relocate. As a civil engineer, it is my job to make sure that the on-going projects of the company are doing well. It is my job to identify the problems encountered from time to time and provide immediate solutions to it. Also, I've consulted it with my family, and we agreed on to it.
Be honest in answering this. It is better if you discuss this with your family. Anticipate this type of questions.
Question 23: What motivates you to do your best on your job?
Sample Answer: First and foremost, my family is the one motivating me. As the breadwinner of our family, it is my responsibility to work hard and strive for the best to be able to give them with all the things they need. Aside from that, I grew up being an achiever. Recognition makes me driven about my work. It is in my nature to be hardworking, goal-oriented and recognized as someone who's reliable in my field.
Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights and our comfort when we occasionally falter.— Brad Henry
Mention some examples like recognition, challenge, interests or your family.
Question 24: What qualities do you look for in a boss?
Sample Answer: The three qualities that I look for in a boss are competence, motivator, and fairness. Firstly, someone who is competent and skilled. We all need a boss who is capable and a big motivation for the members. Secondly, someone who is a good motivator. We experience downfalls, and all we need is motivation from someone we look up. Lastly, someone who is fair. I believe that in work everything should be fair and square.
Say general and positive aspects.
Question 25: Do you have any blind spots?
Sample Answer: I think everyone has their blind spots. But I believe that working in a team is necessary because it helps you in pointing out and covering your blind spots.
Don't mention something specific but say everyone has them. Try to point out yourself being a team player and how it helps you with your blind spots.
Question 26: Describe your work ethic.
Sample Answer: Before, I tend to be serious about what I'm doing. But then I realized that I shouldn't be serious. Life is so stressful that you should just be taking everything positively. I established in my mind that I should enjoy my work, get along with my workmates, be optimistic, and be the best version of myself. Then, everything will fall into a great place.
It's all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.— Philip Green
Emphasize benefits to the organization or company.
Question 27: What are your expectations from this job/Company?
Sample Answer: I love challenges. So, I expect challenging tasks or work with this company.
It is better if you do company research and self-assessment. For instance, say you like challenging tasks.
Question 28: How do you handle criticisms?
Sample Answer: I take criticisms constructively. I think that it is a big chance to improve my work. For instance, I am a writer for Hub Pages. HubPages is a networking site where you submit articles of your own. Before they publish your article, it goes through a quality assessment process where they judge if it is good enough. I've experienced so many rejections and comments from HubPages moderators, what I did is listen to their comments and improve my work. Fortunately, after many tries, I was able to published articles.
Every human being is entitled to courtesy and consideration. Constructive criticism is not only to be expected but sought.— Margaret Chase Smith
Say that criticism is a chance to improve yourself and your work. Give an example where you had criticism from somebody and handled it positively. Say you are very optimistic.
Question 29: Why do you think that you will be successful at this job?
Sample Answer: Based on the company's requirements and my skills, qualities, and experiences, I think that I best fit the job.
Just be honest. Answer from the heart. Say something like, "Your requirements and my skills match each other, and I think it is a good combination."
Question 30: What are your activities and interests outside of work?
Sample Answer: Outside of work, I write articles and play table tennis. I started writing in general and won competitions when I was in elementary. Then when I was in college, I started writing for Hub Pages. I think it is a big platform to showcase my writing skills. I am also a good player of table tennis. I am a very competitive person, so I strive to win every table tennis match I'm doing.
Say something about your interests, and show them how it'll help you with your job. For instance, you're an athlete, and it helped you to be competitive in everything that you do.
Aside from the 30 questions above, there are also situational or behavioral questions asked during job interviews. These are questions that are not practicable and requires your critical and analytical skills.
One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation.— Arthur Ashe
Question 31: Why did you leave your last job?
I believe as a professional we should make choices in life that would improve ourselves in our expert fields. Leaving my previous job is my own choice because I see that this job your offering is a big opportunity for me to grow and learn more. I think that this is a better training ground for me to explore more and face new challenges in the industry, and I am excited about it.
Never refer to a problem with management or say undesirable things about your supervisors, co-workers or the organization. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, or a chance to do something better.
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