List of Top 10 Job Interview Questions With Answers
Top 10 Job Interview Questions
What are your Strengths?
How much salary are you expecting?
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
Top 10 Job Interview Questions With Answers
No matter how much effort you put to prepare for a job interview with your dream organization, interview questions are always unpredictable and you would never be able to predict what’s gonna come your way, as it entirely depends on an interviewer’s mood and assesses the interviewee based on intuition.
The psychology of an interviewer is their belief that they can identify which candidate is genuine and which candidate is trying to fake. An interviewee, on the other hand, could worry about some mistakes, they could make during the job interview; because of which, their performance may suffer during the interview. Best is to keep your cool and try to relax your mind. Below are the top 10 job interview questions with answers, which could help you get an idea of what could be asked; so, you could face the interviewer with confidence.
1. Could you walk me through your CV!
An interviewer expects you to summarize your personal information along with your professional experience, in a nutshell. The best way is to start with introducing yourself i.e your name, followed by your educational background and your relevant job experience.
You can start with your current employer. Share the everyday job roles and responsibilities with the interviewer, including a step by step approach to achieving the KRAs (Key Result Areas) during the entire tenure with your current employer; Similarly, share your job roles and responsibilities during your tenure with the previous employer. Also share the details of any project work done and/or accomplishments, which would help interviewer, better understand your past work experience and creates better chances to hire you. An employer expects you to wrap up your answer in a minute or two.
2. Why are you looking for a job change?
An interviewer expects you to be honest about why you are looking for a job change. You can answer this question by simply showing enthusiasm towards the opportunity. You can say “I think I am the best fit for the job role and I have a strong belief that this organization would help me get closer to my professional goals.”
When asked about your professional goals, you can mention that you love to take a more challenging role that can help you evolve as a professional.
In case you are unemployed and looking for a job opportunity, you can start by stating why you quit your last job, and then you can use the above statement or you can simply be honest about why are you looking for that opportunity.
3. Have you gone through our website/Have you read about us?
Before attending any interview, always go through the company’s website and read about them in terms of their culture, presence, products, services, etc. This would turn to be favorable to you during the interview as the interviewer would be pleased to learn that you had prepared for the job interview and that you are very much interested in that position. It also boosts your confidence in that job interview and puts you one step closer to crack it.
4. Why should we hire you?
This is one of the most frequently asked questions by an interviewer. An interviewer expects you to brief something about your strengths and your skills with respect to the role, they are offering. For example: if you are appearing for an HR role, the interviewer may assess you based on the skills that involve screening the right candidates for a particular job position, manage the payroll, leave policy and other HR policies. Same goes with any other job role.
You need to display your strengths, which come from experience and proven past results at your current organization. Along with that, you can also share your personal strengths which are in conjunction with the employer’s vision statement. This would surely turn favorable to you. That is the reason I keep on mentioning that you need to go through the company website, before attending the interview.
You can answer this question like this; “I am sure I am the right fit for this job role, as I hold a vast experience with this role and would like to take a more challenging role”. Hope this helps.
5. What are your strengths and your weaknesses?
I can tell you that most of the people get nervous answering this question before an interviewer, especially the “weakness” part! We are confident when it comes to conveying our capabilities or our strengths, but the same does not apply when it comes to our weaknesses because we would not be able, to tell the truth. Right?
When it comes to strengths, you can name a lot of them; I am sure. A few of them are hardworking, team player, goal oriented, honest, resourceful, people’s person, and so on.
Now for the weakness part, you don’t have to tell the interviewer, about your weakness that can hamper your growth, and consequently the company’s growth. Instead, you can answer it in the following ways;
- “I do trust people, very easily”
- “It is difficult for me to say NO when somebody asks for a favor”
- “I am a workaholic because of which I am not able to devote much time to my family”
I hope you would not get nervous now when you face the interviewer with this question!
6. How do you deal with stress in the workplace? Can you share one such incident where you dealt with a stressful situation?
By asking this question during a job interview, an interviewer expects to assess your pressure handling skills, during your routine at work. You should be able to recall one such incident where you would have handled the work pressure in an effective way, and where you felt proud of taking the challenge during that stressful situation. Another thing for you to remember is that the interviewer expects you to speak on the context of “professional life”.
You can share one example where you were able to turn a negative “Stakeholder” response from a negative to a positive one by the optimum utilization of your “people management” skills.
7. Where do you see yourself, 5 years down the line?
You would probably have come across this question in one or the other job interview. By asking this question, an interviewer wants to assess your candidature further, based on your personal vision in life, and your ability to evolve as a professional in your area of expertise. Since not everyone shares the same vision in their lives, so there cannot be a universal reply to it. However, you can always tell the interviewer that;
- “I would like to manage a team and aspire the junior staff to look up to me for a solution”
- “I would like to be a manager in my profession, where I get an opportunity to lead the entire campaign and/or be the single point of contact”
- “I am planning to start my own business, 5 years down the line” if you are really planning for that.
Like I mentioned earlier, it is only up to you what to convey to the interviewer. You can prepare these interview questions with answers, well prepared prior to your interview.
8. Do you prefer to work independently or with a team?
Ratan Tata once said: “if you want to walk faster, walk alone”. But, “if you want to walk farther, walk with a team”.
As you can probably make out what the interviewer expects from you by asking this question. The obvious answer to this is that ‘you always prefer to work with a team’ because you believe in “Team Work”.
9. What are your Salary Expectations?
Before answering this question, you must do some market research on the “Salary Package” a company, usually offers for this position. Once you are aware of that figure, you can tell your expectations to the interviewer (usually HR), in “Percentage of Salary Hike”.
For example; 20% of your current C.T.C(cost to company); 30% of your current C.T.C(cost to company), and so on.
You can also choose not to mention your expectations to the HR personnel, and mention that you would go with “As per company policies”. The choice is yours!!
10. Do you have any questions for me?
The interviewer concludes the interview by asking this final question (in most of the cases). I would always advise you to ask some questions to the interviewer. You deserve a chance, after all!
You can probably ask any number of questions to the interviewer. In case you don’t know what to ask, I can suggest you some of the questions you can ask;
- “What are the growth opportunities/advancement opportunities with your organization?”
- “Who shall I report to, in case of onboarding?”
- “What is the Leave Policy and other company benefits?”
- “Does your organization provide medical or maternity benefits as well?”