Are you looking for a new job? If so, it’s time to hone your job interview skills as part of your interview preparation. While we don’t have a crystal ball to tell you the exact interview questions you’ll be asked, we can provide some of the most common interview questions for you to review, along with some sample answers.
And be sure to check out the last section for great questions to ask in an interview!
Common Job Interview Questions
You’ll get the most out of these tips by making them interactive – by reading the questions and answers here, start crafting your own answers. Once you’ve written them down, be sure to practice answering out loud as well. This will help you approach your job interview with much more confidence! (And a lot less sweat!)
“Tell me about you.”
Most people will say that the way to answer is a quick overview of your present, past and future formula, giving insight into:
Present: what you are currently doing
Past: What you were doing
Future: what you would like to do in the future.
But the ZipRecruiter co-founder and CEO has a hack for that answer. Because, as Ian says in his book, Get hired now!there’s a one-sentence answer that will energize any interview you find yourself in. The goal is to move the conversation from yourself to your interlocutor.
This “magic phrase” has 3 parts:
Say the name of the interviewer.
“I’m so excited to be here because…”
Share something you like about the business and ask a question about it.
Saying your caller’s name will help them focus on you. Sharing something you know about the company will show you’ve done your research, and asking the question will get your interviewer talking – and the conversation is off to a great start!
Alex… I’m so excited to be here because I really like Customer service, and I have personally experienced great service here as a customer. Is it something you train or is it just the kind of person you hire?
“How did you hear about this position?”
Here is another question that may seem insignificant, but if asked, it is important. Each question is an opportunity to highlight who you are and why you are the right candidate for the job.
When you answer this question, you also have the opportunity to share why you’re so excited for the role. If you found your job on ZipRecruiter, let them know they’re using the right tools to find the right people. If you found out about the role through a reference, this is a chance to name your connection to the company.
I heard about the position on ZipRecruiter and applied because it was a perfect match for my skills as a seller. Then I realized that a friend’s former colleague, Janice Johnson, worked here, so I reached out to her to hear about her experience. As I’m a fan of the kind of work you all do inonline sales, I thought this would be the perfect job opportunity for me.
“Why are you looking for a new position? »
Be careful on this one! Of course, interviewers ask this question to understand your reason for applying, but also to assess your honesty and integrity. Be honest and positive, and use it as a way to focus on expanding your opportunities to achieve your career aspirations. DO NOT speak negatively about your current boss, co-workers, or your company. The interviewer will assume that if you do it now, you will also do it if you come on board.
It was a privilege to work with an award-winning creative team, and I learned a lot about UX design in my current position. That said, I’m interested in working with a company where I can work with multiple clients rather than just one company. This position and this organization would allow me to do that.
“Why should we hire you?”
This is where you realize why you are the ideal candidate to hire and why you will fit perfectly into the company. Make sure the answer is company and job specific. Tell them what intrigues you about the company and how you want to help them when you join. It’s also helpful to compliment the company employees you met during the interview.
Note: The following answer may also apply to the question: “What are your greatest strengths?”
Based on my research as well as the people I met during the interview process, I couldn’t be more excited. I’m the type of person who thrives on collaboration and enterprise, so the business value of “teamwork with accountability” speaks to me directly. Although I am responsible for client interaction, I know that nothing I present would be possible without the full creative and strategic team behind me. Meeting Bill and Linda from each of these departments makes me want to join them even more because it seems they have the same vision for collaboration. Plus, I think I’d be the doppelganger for the company’s dodgeball team.”
“What are your salary expectations?”
Salary questions often make people uncomfortable. They can also be difficult to answer. Employers ask the question because if you’re beyond their reach, then there’s no need to move forward. Also, if you are one of the best candidates, they want to be able to do their best to meet your expectations.
Still, if it’s early in the interview process, it’s appropriate to respond in a way that suggests you’d like to know more about the job’s responsibilities before sharing your salary expectations.
Note: Salary questions are illegal and prohibited in some regions and states.
Based on my current understanding of the position, I am open to a base salary range of $80,000 to $90,000. This could change based on overall compensation and benefits and any additional information provided about the position. I am open to discussing this further as we continue the interview process and as I learn more about the company.
“What part of this job will be the hardest for you? »
A question like this provides hiring managers and recruiters with insight into your qualifications, as well as your self-awareness and how much thought you really gave to the position. Be specific and use quantifiable examples that match the job requirements. Also, when discussing challenges, always mention how you overcame them or how you plan to overcome them.
Note: The following answer may also apply to the question: “What is your greatest weakness?”
Earlier in my career, I struggled to balance multiple clients at once, was overwhelmed, and didn’t know how to best prioritize needs. I have met this challenge by evaluating my work responsibilities and tasks each morning, so I am clear about my workload. It has become an essential part of my morning routine, helping me prioritize my tasks and know who I will need to involve in my projects. I have also taken training courses on effective and efficient time management and on building productive and collaborative relationships with clients. Sticking to this process has helped me stay focused and organized while keep my customers happy.
“How do you deal with failure? »
Employers understand that while you should always aim for success, failure happens. They want to know that you appreciate that too.
I understand that failure is inevitable. When perceived failure occurs, I first acknowledge up tothisthen assess what the problems were. From there, I determine the solutions that will remedy the failure, if necessary, and I implement them.
“Why are you interested in our the society?”
Interviewers want to know that you have given full thought to why you might want to work for their organization. Research the company beforehand so you can honestly answer this question when it comes to you.
I did a lot of research on this company, including reading your mission statement and core values. Of course, as an accountant, there are a lot of numbers and budgets involved in the work we do, but the way this company selects its clients based on their environmental records – even turning down significant revenue opportunities in order to do what it must – is the type of place I want to be. Environmental protection is a big part of the charity work I do outside of work, and the opportunity to work with others who prioritize it would be an amazing opportunity.
Good questions to ask in an interview
In almost all interviews, time permitting, the the interviewer will ask you if you have any questions. The rule of thumb is to have two to three substantive questions to ask. If you haven’t prepared any questions, this could be a red flag for the interviewer. Here are some good questions to ask:
When was the last time you promoted someone, and why?
Where do you see the company in five years?
What are the current initiatives that the company must carry out as a priority?
What do you like about your position?
What do you like least about your job?
What is the office environment like where I would work?
Do you have any concerns about our interview that would prevent you from hiring me?
When do you plan to make a hiring decision?
Preparing for the interview is key
Taking the time to write out answers to common interview questions in advance will get you closer to getting the job. Once you’re seated in the room for your interview, you’ll be grateful you took the time to prepare, and so will the potential employer.