One of the most important parts of preparing for an interview is practice. While some interviewers or companies take a unique approach, most job interviews will involve common questions that are used again and again. That's where we can help out! These types of questions are the ones that you should practice with and prepare in advance, spending the time getting comfortable with them.
Here are 20 of the most common questions that are asked in interviews:
- Tell me about yourself
- What are your greatest strengths?
- What are your biggest weakness?
- Why did you want to work at [company]?
- What interests you about this role?
- Walk me through your resume
- Talk about a time when you encountered a problem or challenge. How did you solve/overcome it?
- What are you passionate about?
- What motivates you?
- What's something happening the [industry] right now that interests you?
- Describe a time when you went above and beyond your role at work.
- Talk about a time when you had conflict at work. How did you handle it?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
- Talk about a time when you failed. What did you learn from it?
- How do you prioritise tasks when you have multiple deadlines?
- Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
- What is your dream job?
- How do you handle pressure and stress at work?
- Describe a time when you had to adapt to a new or changing situation.
- Do you have any questions for me?
Make your answers unique to you. If its because you’ve always dreamed about working in a global firm, great. Why? Is it because you have aspirations to travel one day? Is it because you want to learn how the markets operate in other regions? Is it because you see an opportunity for a long and diverse career? Offer detailed responses that will help you stand out from the crowd and form a deeper connection with the recruiter and the company.
Here are some questions you can ask the interviewer:
- Can you tell me a little bit more about the work culture?
- What does a typical day look like?
- Could you please expand on what you mentioned about growth plans/company vision/etc?
- What’s the future strategy of the company?
- What would a typical day look like for the role being offered?
- What do you enjoy most about working here?
- What are the common career paths in this department?
- What are the most important things you’d like to see someone accomplish in the first 30, 60, and 90 days on the job?
- What are the next steps in the interview process?
Read more about preparing for an interview here.