The Top 10 Most Common Interview Questions (And How To Answer Them!)
Have you got a big interview coming up? Are you feeling nervous about the type of questions you will be asked? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.
By reading up on common job interview questions and the answers employers are looking for, you can eliminate those nerves and enter the interview room as prepared as possible.
Although some questions will differ depending on the industry you work in, the majority will be relevant no matter the job you have applied for!
The Top 10 Most Asked Interview Questions
Tell me about yourself
Virtually every single job interview you have in your life will involve them asking you about yourself and your background. It may seem like a simple question, but a lot of people trip over it.
Try not to speak for too long, or give an exhaustive personal or professional backstory. Instead, sell yourself and show why you are right for this particular job.
Why should we hire you?
Rather than being intimidated by this question, take it as an opportunity to tell the company what makes you the perfect candidate for the position.
Mention the following: how you can benefit the company by working for them, how you fit in with the company culture and their values, and that your skills and experience are suitable for the role.
Why do you want to work for us?
When asking this question, the interviewer is looking to understand your motivations. Try to keep the answer balanced: consider the company ethos and their values, the opportunity and what it means to you, the team, and so on.
To avoid becoming flustered or having nothing to say in answer to this question, do your homework on the company beforehand.
This could be as simple as visiting their website or social media and finding out their values, mission statement, what they do, and how long they have been doing it for. It shows that you are invested in the position and inquisitive.
The interviewer is looking to understand your motivations...
Can you tell us about a time when you overcame a challenge?
This can be a really difficult question to answer, because you do not want to speak negatively about yourself or a previous workplace.
Be honest, and speak about a hardship you have faced, professionally or personally. Rather than focusing on the specifics of the situation, speak about the resolution and what you learnt from the experience.
What are your biggest strengths and weaknesses?
We all have our weaknesses: what matters is being able to recognise them and putting steps in place to deal with them. This is what your interviewer wants to know that you are capable of.
As for strengths, this is your chance to show off! Stick to strengths that are relevant to the job role, such as punctuality, strong work ethic, creativity etc.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
This has to be one of the most dreaded questions that anyone can ask, whether it be a potential employer, a family member, or a first date.
Your answer will depend on if you see yourself working for the company long-term or temporarily. If you see this role as a permanent career, make sure that is clear to the interviewer. If not, focus your answer on general career and personal development aspirations.
Describe yourself in 3 words or less
Understanding why you are being asked this question is just as important as the answers you give. The employer wants to know that you are self-aware and open to criticism.
When choosing your words, try to come up with something you haven’t already mentioned. For example, if you have spoken about your time-keeping and organisational skills, instead speak about your communication and interpersonal skills.
The employer wants to know that you are self-aware and open to criticism.
Do you have any questions?
As a general rule, you should always ask a question at the end of an interview. It shows that you think critically and are genuinely interested in the company.
Some great questions to ask include ‘what is the company culture like?’, ‘what does a typical day in the company look like?’, and ‘what learning and development opportunities are available?’.