Sample Interview Questions:
COMMON INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
In preparing for an interview it’s important to come prepared with answers to commonly asked questions and to have 2– 3 questions that you can ask the interviewer at the end of the interview. Below are samples of; commonly asked interview questions with some tips on how to structure your answer and samples of questions that you can ask an interviewer at the end of the interview.
1. Tell me about yourself
2. What are your strengths?
- Cover four areas of your life: early years, education, work experience and your current situation
- Keep your answer to about 2 minutes. Avoid rambling.
3. What are your weaknesses?
- Have 3 or 4 key strengths that you can talk to that are relevant to their needs
- Use the STAR framework (Situation, Task, Action, Result) to provide examples of when you used these skills
4. What are your short-term goals?
- Respond with strengths, which if overdone can become a weakness and say what you are doing to fix it
- Never claim to be faultless
5. What are your long-term goals?
- Talk about your desire to do the immediate job well
- Learn and develop
6. What things are most important to you in a job?
- Talk about progression, but be realistic
7. How would you describe your personality?
- Try to relate your answer to details of the position
- If not, use a corporate answer, “be challenged” etc.
8. What is your management style?
- Talk about your best 2 – 3 traits
- This is a “fit” question so your ability to identify their corporate values will help you put together a stronger response
9. What was your biggest failure?
- Talk about your philosophy on setting team goals, keeping employees motivated and your approach to developing employees
10. Why are you looking for a new job?
- Give an example that you were able to turn into a positive and what you learned from it
- Keep your answer brief and positive
About the position/company
1. Why are you interested in this job/company?
2. What do you know about our organization?
- Give an honest answer of what it is that appeals to you about the job/company (ex. entrepreneurial spirit, innovative approach, corporate culture etc.)
3. What salary expectations do you have?
- Make personal remarks about what you have learned about the company and ask specific questions to facilitate a conversation
4. Why should we consider you for this position?
- You may want to start by asking what the salary range is for the position
- Or, you can rate yourself relative to others and say that you would expect to receive an offer that would be higher than the midpoint salary range for the position
- Or, you can give a range that you had in mind but then qualify it by saying that you hope to learn more about the job responsibilities and scope
Regarding your work experience
- If asked at the beginning of the interview: discuss generally how your skills and experience would benefit the company
- If asked at the end of the interview: relate your skills and accomplishments to the problems/opportunities of the role to which you are interviewing for
1. What did you like most/least about your job?
2. What did you like most/least about your boss?
- Emphasize the positives and do not talk at length about the negatives
3. What were your major career accomplishments?
- If you liked your boss say so and why
- If you didn’t find nice things to say
- Keep what you liked least brief
- Try to relate your answer to the needs of the employer