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Most Common Job Interview Questions

Updated on November 28, 2012

Most Common Job Interview Questions

Here are the top 15 most common job interview questions, and what you should know about the company you're interviewing with before you go on your interview. Knowing to little about the company is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, and may result in you not getting the job.

What You Should Know BEFORE Your Job Interview

Prepare for your job interview. Find out...

1. What the company does and the services they provide?

2. The company's mission.

3. The company's goals.

4. When the company was established.

5. How many employees work for the company.

6. What the newest products or projects are.

7. Who the company's competitors are.

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15 Common Job Interview Questions

1. Tell me about yourself.

2. Why are you looking for a job?

3. Why did you leave your last job?

4. Why do you want to work here?

5. What sort of skills do you have that match our needs?

6. What sort of training do you have that matches our needs?

7. How do you work under stress and with deadlines?

8. Describe your work ethic?

9. Describe your strengths and weaknesses?

10. I notice that you have some time on your rsum where you were not working. What were you doing?

11. Do you work better with a team or by yourself?

12. Describe a past situation where you did something positive for an employer?

13. How do you handle working with people you do not get along with?

14. Are you willing to put the company's needs ahead of your own?

15. Why should I hire you?

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    • gleken profile image

      gleken 6 years ago

      Really nice lens

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      Kelsey-Budden-16 6 years ago

      I love this lens! Those questions I never thought about before. I mean, I knew there was some questions that were a bit frightening but, not that frightening! I'm 16 and I've had only one job, and that job didn't even require a resume. I was fortunate. :-)I'm guessing I will be coming back to this lens often!

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      resume-analyst 6 years ago

      Very constructive lens. This is clear information. Keep up the good posting.Grtz

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      RinchenChodron 6 years ago

      If people study these resources they should do great on their next job interview. Good lens.

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      Anthony Godinho 7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Great interview questions you covered in this lens. Yes, it's important to go prepared and do some homework on the company. It helps a great deal when you go prepared. One important thing to that I've found very helpful is to know you strengths (and weaknesses) and be prepared to discuss how they related to the job/company.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, this is such helpful info for anyone preparing for a Job Interview. Well done!

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      southshoretees 7 years ago

      Interviews are a little nerve wracking. You HAVE to go in prepared for any question, and be on your toes (without seeming nervous). It's probably the toughest part of any job! Thanks for the advice, this will surely come in handy for a lot of interviewees.