10 Important Interview Questions You Should Be Prepared For

Getting a call for an interview is a feat in itself. All the hard work you put into building your
resume is brought to fruition as you secure the interview. You reach a step closer to your dream job.

Not to mention, the upcoming interview brings in a fair share of stress. The anticipation of what
questions will the interviewers ask, will you be able to answer them is bound to make you
nervous.

Knowing what to expect can ease your tension and make you feel more confident for the
interview.

So, here we are with a list of common questions interviewers ask and how best to answer them so that you are better prepared for the interview day.

Read these questions, get an idea of how to answer them, then, make mental notes of how you would answer.

Furthermore, you can rehearse in front of a mirror or ask a friend or family member to mock
interview you to practice some more.

1. Tell me about yourself.

This is the starter question most commonly asked by the interviewers. This question gives an opportunity to pitch yourself and make a great first impression.

It is also a question most candidates fail to answer well.

Therefore, it is wise to prepare it well in advance.

Through this question, the interviewer wants to learn more about you and your background.
The way to answer this question is by giving them an overview of your current position, work
experience, and a little about your education to show how you got here and what makes you
qualified for the role.

If you want, you can also mention some personal details such as your hobbies or your interests to make the interview more personable.

It’s important to note that you don’t make it too long by mentioning all of your personal, work, and education history. It’s best to stick to the information relevant to the position.

2. Why do you want to work with our company?

Interviewers ask this question to see if you took the time to research the company and
understand why you think you are a good fit.

To tackle this question, you must do your homework to learn about the company, its history,
vision, mission, products, services, and work culture. You can look at the company website, social media pages, and company review sites like Glassdoor to get the information you need.

In your answer, mention what appeals to you about the company, how working here aligns with your career goals, and how you can contribute to the company’s growth. Also, explain why you are looking for these characteristics in your employer.

3. Where do you see yourself in five years?

This question is the way for interviewers to get an idea of your future plans. This will help them understand if they hire you, what would be the direction of your role and whether the company aligns with your future goals.

To answer this question, give general ideas about your skills you want to develop, the type of
work you want to do, and the accomplishments you want to bag.

4. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Through this question, interviewers want to gauge your self-awareness, confidence, and
honesty.

Talking about your strength is your opportunity to highlight the technical and interpersonal skills
you possess fit for the job. You should relate your attributes to the aspects of the job and show
how you will use them.

Discussing your weakness can be difficult. There’s always a fear in your mind that it might
backfire. But the truth is, talking about your weakness helps to show that you are not only
self-aware but also the fact that you have a scope for improvement.

Moreover, if you say that you don’t have any weakness, it reflects badly on your interviewer. It shows you are being over-confident. So, it’s better to think about some genuine weaknesses
you have related to work-life such as, public speaking might not be your strength.

Talk about a few of your weaknesses and discuss the measures you have taken to improve.

5. How do you like to be managed?

Again, this question is asked to understand if you and the company are a good fit for each other.

Through this question, the interviewers want to know about your working style when other
people are involved.

Contemplate what worked for you and what didn’t in the context of management in your
previous roles. Pick a thing or two to focus on and frame your answer in a positive manner.
Tell about what you would want your manager to do to be able to give the best outputs. You can
also give examples of what helped you in previous management.

6. How do you deal with pressure and stressful situations?

This question is asked by the interviewers with an aim to assess your problem-solving abilities and how you handle difficult situations.

The answer to this question is another opportunity for you to show your approach to tackle
problems. Keep in mind some of the problems you faced in your previous companies or in your
personal life relevant to the professional aspects.

Talk about how you navigated through the problems thrown at you or what are your go-to
strategies to solve any problem in general.

7. Why do you want to leave your current job? / Why did you leave your last job?

This question is definitely a tough one but it is highly likely to be touched upon by the
interviewer.

This question is better answered in a positive context. Instead of mentioning the negative aspects of your current/previous employer, you should frame your answer with a positive outlook. You should talk about the new opportunity you are looking for.

If you were laid off or fired, it is totally acceptable to mention it. You should answer it honestly
and talk about the learnings you had and you will be approaching the way forward.

8. Why should we hire you?

This question is asked to give you an opportunity to reinforce why you are a good fit for the role at this company.

Again, you can address your experience, skills, and goals and highlight what you will be
bringing to the table.

9. What is your salary expectation?

One of the hardest to answer, interviewers ask this question to ascertain if your expectations
align with the company’s budget.

Giving a range much lower or much higher than the market value of the position can give an
impression that you don’t know your worth.

You must research to know the typical compensation range offered for the position. You should request for the higher side of the range.

If you are flexible with the compensation rate or you can adjust in return for other benefits, let the interviewers know.

10. Do you have any questions for us?

Often the last question of an interview, this question is asked to get a sense if you are seeing
the company as a good for yourself. It is also a chance for you to touch upon the things the
interviewer might have missed out on.

You must ask questions to clear your doubts related to the role and explore the benefits of
joining the company. You can ask about an employee’s growth prospects in the company.
You can also ask about the interviewer’s experience with the company and tips they would like
to give to succeed there if you are hired.

No matter what the question, a little preparation in advance can take you a long way in
tackling all the questions that come your way. Just remember that you are human and the
interviewer is also human. Answer the questions with honesty and confidence, and you
can ace any interview.

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