Job Interview Questions
and How to Answer Them
1 Tell me about yourself?
Confine your answer to work related stuff. Never go much into the personal details unless the panel asks you.
Tell me about your dream job? 2
If your response is for specific job role. It's better to make use of the stereotyped phrases like amicable environment etc.
3 Why did you leave your last job?
Give out a positive reply like "I am in pursuit of greener pastures". It is suggested to confine your words to avail better opportunities.
What is your weakness? 4
Don't start listing out all your personality disorders straightaway. Stay composed and quote silly weaknesses that are strengths in disguise.
5 What are your strengths?
Try to list out all your strengths. Be prepared with instances that reflects your strengths.
What do you know about the type of work we do? 6
Do homework by navigating thoroughly through the company's website as it is the most reliable source information to gather information about the company.
7 Why should we hire you?
Try to speak in a balanced tone that sends them a message that you need the job as much as the company needs you. Never compare yourself with other interviewees.
Do you consider yourself successful? 8
Invariably say yes. Success does not mean getting control over the whole world. Discuss all your major achievements at education level and while working till that point in time.
9 Why have you been unemployed for such a long time?
Cover up the question with any productive activity that you have done during the time right like attending course to improve knowledge.
What do co-workers say about you? 10
Just come out with the regular compliments you used to receive from your colleagues and take care that you don't sound too exaggerating.
11 How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
Don't be too specific by giving away a word for a particular period of time. Answers like "as long as both the parties feel satisfactory" which sounds good.
Do you think you are overqualified for this position? 12
Try to convince the recruiter that you are apt for the job. Never express any sort of doubt regarding your educational credentials by speaking a bit uncertain.
13 Describe your management style?
Say that you make the listener understand the point by laying a lot of emphasis on the communication of any sorts with the subordinates and colleagues.
Are you a team player? 14
Once again a firm yes is necessary for this question! Give various examples where you have succeeded in meeting the project deadlines as a team.
15 What is your philosophy towards Work?
Never use any adjectives for these sort of questions. Just speak out about your basic values that you adopt at the workplaces and energy that you can bring into the team.
What position do you prefer on a team working on a project? 16
Be imperative and create a sense of feeling that you are flexible and don't mind whether you have to follow or else to lead.
17 What irritates you about co-workers?
Tell the panel that you can get along with any kind of co workers by adjusting with them all the times by dealing things quite softly.
Why do you think you would do well at this job? 18
Highlight the skill sets and experience at the previous workplaces along with your activities during the crisis situations to make them feel that you are the right person.
19 What is more important to you: the money or the work?
Answer them that both are important to you. Don't sound too generous or the other way by staying opinionated about any one aspect either money or work.
What would your previous supervisor say your strongest point is? 20
Specific situational things that happened at your previous workplace need to be mentioned. Show letters of recommendation or praise if any to the recruitment panel for reference.
21 Tell me about your ability to work under pressure?
Answer such tricky questions carefully. Try to explain the instances where you have thrived under pressure and achieved better results.
How do you propose to compensate for you lack of experience? 22
Highlight the skill sets and achievements made to create a sense of confidence. Mention some similar roles you have taken up during the school or else Degree projects.
23 What motivates you to do your best on the job?
Dumb answers like "the salary" will drop down your chances of hiring. Quote some positive things like the work environment, discipline and integrity.
When do you feel successful in this job? 24
You may answer "When I qualitatively and quantitatively meet the targets set and go beyond that level to reach next high position in the company."
25 Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
A simple yes! This is a test of how far you integrate with the company and take things seriously to meet and achieve the organizational goals.
What qualities do you look for in a boss? 26
Never say specific things, going for descriptions to the minute details. Try to say a few good things like competent, fair and encouraging.
27 How do you see yourself five years from now?
Say something relevant to the objective line in the resume and speak as if you are a person with vision.
What have you learned from mistakes on the job? 28
Don't just disclose blunders at the previous workplaces. Reveal some of the considerable mistakes and speak much about the mistakes learnt.
29 If you were hiring a person for this job, what would you look for?
Mix out the job description along with your skill set, but be relevant and give out justifiable answers.
What are you expectations from this job/company? 30
Speak out as if you are hired by the company. Answer that you like a bit of freedom rather than being restricted to carry out small things too.
31 Do you have any questions for me?
Make a list of your questions while doing homework. Be clear in understanding the responses, which shows that you are very clear in your thought and action.
Why do you think you can succeed in this job? 32
Answers that spot out the similarities between the job requirement and the skill sets you possess will be correct explanation to grab the opportunity.
33 What do you think of the last company you worked for?
Showcase it as a great platform that helped you in improving skills and avoid any sort of negative things even if the questions are shot very specific.
How do you handle criticism? 34
Speak out as if the criticism is the best way to improve. Say that you never take criticism personally and quote few instances that depicts your criticism handling capability.