11 of the most common interview questions you should be prepared to answer

Job interviews are stressful. You need to be on the ball and answer questions appropriately, but you’re nervous and anxious.

One of the best things you can do for yourself is prepare well. No one likes to enter a new situation blind. Fortunately, there is a list of standard interview question that you will most likely be asked. There are variations, so you will need to pay attention, but you’re doing that anyway, right?

Here is a list of the 11 most common interview questions. I’ll address why they are asked in the first place, and at times offer suggestions on how to answer them.

With the answers already in mind, you can present yourself as confident, and put yourself in a better position to get that much needed new job.


1. What are your strengths?

To answer this question, think of several of your top strengths. And then link those strengths to the requirements of the job you are applying for.


2. What are your weaknesses?

Be careful answering this question. Be sure not to pick a weakness that’s a quality necessary for the job you’re applying for.


3. Why are you interested in working for us?

First, do some research about the company. Find out what about the role interests you and align your answer with that.


4. Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?

Don’t worry, you’re not expected to have a crystal ball. This is just a question that’s used to weed out weak candidates, since employers are looking for motivated people.


5. Why do you want to leave your current job?

The answer to this question will reveal the type of work ethic you have. It also reveals what’s important to you in a role.


6. Why was there a gap in your employment?

Be truthful. But there is no need to go into extensive detail. But do convey that during this period re-entering the workforce was a priority.


7. What can you offer us that someone else can not?

Answer this by providing examples of what you already accomplished elsewhere. Give examples of what you’ve contributed to other companies.


8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?

Don’t specify anything that would be vital to the job you’re applying for. Be honest, but selective with your answer.


9. Are you willing to relocate?

If relocation is going to be necessary, it will typically be mentioned in the job description. However, you can answer with something to the effect that he would be willing to consider it. If you are.


10. Post Covid-19, are you willing to travel?

Again, travel was likely mentioned in the job description. Answer with a percentage. For example, I’d be willing to spend 25% of my time traveling.


11. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.

You can talk about practical skills that have helped you succeed. Or specific strategies you have implemented to achieve objectives.




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