20 frequently asked interview questions
You created the best possible resume and waited anxiously until you heard from the potential recruiter or employer. Now you must be prepared for a great interview if you want an offer. Prepare for this by studying some of the most common interview questions.
1. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
2. Describe your management experience. How many people worked with you? What were your responsibilities?
3. Why are you interested in working for us? Why would you want to work here?
4. Why do you want to leave your current position or why did you leave your last position?
5. Would you be willing to travel? How often could you travel? Would you be willing to use your own vehicle? Could you relocate? How much notice would you need?
6. What is your most successful career achievement?
7. Name a difficult situation you had with a co-worker / subordinate and how you managed to rectify it.
8. What do you hope to accomplish in your first month / six months / year at work?
9. Tell me the three words that best describe you. How would others describe you? If you were to call your boss / former boss, how would he or she describe it?
10. How would you treat an angry customer?
11. What makes you more suitable for this job than someone else?
12. What motivates you?
13. Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with your boss and how you handled it.
14. What are your career goals? How long do you see yourself working with this company?
15. What do you like most and least about working in this industry?
16. What questions do you have for me about this company / position?
17. What are your salary requirements?
18. Explain any gaps in your employment history. Explain any career changes and why you felt the need for a change.
19. Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years?
20. Tell me a little about yourself.
Study these questions and decide the answer that best suits your needs. Honesty and thoroughness are vital. Trust is often the most important of all. Try not to keep the answers too simple. A potential employer can see through ready-to-use responses. Also, be sure to listen. If you focus too much on how to answer the question, you may not hear it correctly.
Even with this guide, your interviewer likely has some questions that you weren’t prepared for. Questions like “Who would win a fight between Spiderman and Batman?” and “Does the color yellow describe someone who is blind?” they have been asked by companies like Standford University and Spirit Airlines. The secret to answering these types of questions is to stay calm, respond quickly, and not feel flustered by their unconventional nature.
Once you have read and answered these questions for yourself, you are ready to answer them out loud to someone else. Good luck.