70 Most Common/FAQ Job Interview Questions Answers for Everyone | Fresher and Experienced
Among the questions of a job interview, there are always some that are repeated , they are necessary for the interviewer to know more about...
The purpose of the interviews is that after them, the company can know who and how you are . So be honest in your answers or they can turn against you. They can always check what you have told them or rephrase questions during the interview to corroborate the data, and in some of them you can contradict yourself.
Do not memorize the most common answers , take it as a guide with which you can get an idea of what is dynamic of job interviews.
What I recommend is that you analyze yourself to really know how you are, what preparation you have for the position you are applying for and what job goals you pursue. When you are clear about this information, try to have someone ask you the questions and write down your answers, listen to yourself and assess whether the answers you have given are reasonable and sincere, that is what they will ask you for the day of the interview.
- Tip about your questions and your answers
- The first questions (To break the ice)
- Knowledge about the company and the position you are applying for
- Questions about training and professional experience
- The job search and your expectations
- About working as a team and your role
- Questions about the effects of stress and pressure
- Questions about decision making / initiative
- Questions about your personality
- Questions related to your private life
- Cheat questions
- Killer questions
- Questions or situations that may arise
- Questions you should ask the interviewer
But you have never heard them answer, listing those mistakes. Well that's the idea, you can recognize that if you have made mistakes, since that makes you human and is more realistic, but don't mention anything concrete or serious, focus on how you solved them , and how they have served you to learn and reach many More successes.
Although from the first moment they will be valuing you, in this first contact with the person who is going to interview you, it is about breaking the ice with trivial questions and comments , which we all usually do in your daily life, so do not worry about excess.
So in this case it is not about giving the best answers, but the advice of letting go, being natural and just chatting normally to get to know each other a little more.
1). What a day !? How hot / cold / rainy?
Typical elevator conversation. Just give your opinion of how you see the day, you do not need to prove anything, so do not complicate yourself making meteorological parts.
2). Did you find it hard to find the building / company? How was the trip?
If they have paid you for travel and accommodation, do not criticize the first change, say that everything went well and without incident. You are also not interested in discussing this topic, so do not spend more minutes than necessary.
If they ask you the question because you are late , apologize and do not mention the reasons if they are not important. No coach likes to hear excuses since the first question.
3). How do you prefer to be called?
My name is Javier, and that name appears on my curriculum. But I prefer to be called Javi, so I would mention that option. In any case, it is preferable that you do not say that you do not care , since the name is one of the most important things you have and deserve to be called as you like it more.
These types of questions facilitate the process of selection and management of candidates, since the answers obtained are usually decisive, and in all recruitment and personnel selection processes they ensure that they are included:
4). What do you know about our company?
This is undoubtedly one of the first questions they can ask you. It is quite logical that if the candidate has invested time in finding out what the company does and knows it thoroughly, his interest in the position is real, and therefore from the beginning he shows interest and commitment. Needless to say, today with media such as the Internet, it is very simple to inform and interact with the company through social networks , before the interview.
5). What will your work consist of?
Another way to find out if you have bothered to know the characteristics of the job you are applying to. You must respond according to what was described in the job offer, your own experience, or the inquiries you have made , but always with rigor and without presupposing anything.
6). Why do you think you are the right person for this job?
It is directly related to the previous question, and is about answering, emphasizing your strengths regarding work experience and knowledge . It is also important to summarize what is important, such as your enthusiasm, desire to work, interest in that work or the knowledge you have of the company. You should always keep in mind, stand out against other candidates.
Be clear about the characteristics of the ideal candidate for that position, and value your professional profile in that regard. Don't try to belittle other candidates.
7). Do you know someone who works in the company?
It is a very repeated question in which you should be honest and mention someone, only if you really know him. Since it is very likely that they end up asking about you , and it is also very possible that they ask you more specific questions about the company and the position you choose, since it is expected that you have asked your acquaintance in those terms.
What we put in the curriculum is not always accurate, or perhaps incomplete. So thanks to these types of questions, they will get the information they need.
They are also the type of questions that you should impress, mentioning your greatest successes and showing what you have learned, both in the student stage, and in the practical experience in similar jobs.
When it comes to the professional stage, the interviewer wants to know in what position and company you have stood out, so try to make a good script and take it mentally prepared.
8). What languages do you speak?
One of the indispensable questions in a selection process refers to the languages you speak and what is your degree of language proficiency.
If in your curriculum you put that you master some language and for that job it is necessary that you speak it, do not doubt that you can drop one or several questions to which you will have to answer, in English, German, French ...
9). What experience do you have in this sector?
As when talking about your general work experience, you should adjust to those jobs that most closely resemble the one you are now opting for , and highlight those that have provided you with skills for this new job. If on the contrary, you have not worked before in the sector, you can respond by mentioning those practices, volunteers or courses, which are directly related to the sector, and the position you choose.
10). How did you get your last job?
At this point, you must show that you have initiative and that you are an active worker . So if you got the job by your own means, it's good that you explain how you did it and value your productivity.
11). Have you been kicked out of any work?
In a selection process it is important not to lie, you must answer affirmatively if this has happened and not hide anything , since it is something very easy to find out. If you delve into the question, avoid criticizing your previous company or bosses, it is about taking it to your field and not blaming yourself for it.
You can expose what you have learned from that situation, how that has made you change, and tell what happened without going into details that harm you.
12). Who can give me references?
If you have not added the references to your resume, you should be prepared and keep a list of the people who know you best and who can give you the best opinion , talk to them first so they know they could call you. Sometimes they will not call anyone, and they will simply do it to see how you react, so taking it ready you will sign up somewhat.
13). What job successes would you highlight?
Try to explain those successes that in addition to benefiting you personally, have been a benefit for the company . Make him see that the skills you demonstrated in those cases, you could also apply to the job you are applying for.
14). Have you made any professional mistakes?
When you recognize a mistake, you have the opportunity to do better next time, so do n't be afraid to recognize it. We all make mistakes. So you can talk about having made a mistake by joining a company in which you did not advance what you wanted, or how, you did not reach the desired objective in any project.
But always explain what you learned, and how you would have done it now that you have more experience.
15). What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
If you have several, quote only one. Explain that it was, try to tell something that you could not control directly, but do not talk about not raising your salary, that they ascended to another in your place, etc. That could harm you.
Focus on the argument of how you accepted and overcame that situation . Don't try to blame others, so don't talk about feelings towards the people involved.
16). Have you ever had to fire someone?
If you did, do not explain it as if it had been easy. He argues that it was a difficult and very thoughtful decision , and that after assessing what was best for the company, you had to do it.
17). Why did you spend so much time in the same job and the same company?
It is increasingly rare, but if you have spent many years in the same position, you will respond by saying that the company has changed a lot since its inception and that you have been changing with it. You should not leave the image of being stuck . Unlike. You must show that you were evolving and adapting to the changes.
If, on the contrary, there were no major changes in your company, you will emphasize positive things, such as loyalty to the company, believing in a project and that the advantage of maintaining a stable job is highly valued by you.
18). Do you think your last job was the best?
It's about making the interviewer see that you were successful in your previous job, because you gave it your all . And thanks to the knowledge acquired, now is when you are better prepared for this new job.
Do not think about answering what the interviewer wants to hear, but do not create doubts by saying, that it was the best, or that it is coming, since it might seem that you have already given everything and you have no new goals, or that you never you got to try hard enough.
19). Why did he not work for so long?
The answer is not easy and will depend on several factors, but you can answer that it is not something that you have very clear . And then put yourself in value, telling you that your training and experience are correct for the job and that you have also taken certain courses, got certain clients, participated in projects, or have characteristics that differentiate you from the rest.
20). Why did you leave or want to quit your job?
You must be honest and explain, for example, if the company is going through bad times, if you were fired, or that you are looking for better conditions. But as in the previous question, you should not criticize your previous company .
It is best to convey that you are looking for new experiences and challenges, that you want to have greater responsibilities or simply that you want to grow as a professional, in your sector.
21). Why has he changed his job so much?
She is interested in knowing if there is any kind of problem, or if you are a faithful person to the company and you are going to reward them for the resources they dedicate to you, so you can tell them that before, what you valued most were the new experiences. But you have been acquiring greater responsibilities, and that at this time you also value stability .
On the other hand, you can indicate that company changes were always due to major improvements, but without talking too much about purely salary issues.
22). What did you do while you were unemployed?
Explain how you have been actively seeking employment, show that you are a person with concerns and that you are interested in continuing to train. To do this, nothing better than cite the courses, practices, doctorates or masters that you have done during your stage as unemployed.
23). Are you in other selection processes?
Don't give more information than necessary, but don't hide it either . The best thing is that you mention that the work you are interested in is for the one you are now presenting, either because your characteristics fit what they ask for or because what they offer is exactly what you are looking for.
24). If I could choose. In which company would you work?
Do not tell. This is the company I would like to work in. And if you do, reason it enough that it doesn't look like rally.
Actually it is better that you do not say company names, the ideal is to mention characteristics that you like about the company in which you are interviewing.
You can talk about the work environment, their business culture, the clients they have, the incentives, opportunities to face new challenges, move forward ...
25). What would be your ideal job position?
More than the ideal job, talk about the features you would like it to have. You can mention that you would like a job with options to continue learning, where to be surrounded by enthusiastic people, in which your effort is valued, where to have responsibilities, etc. Adjust your response to the characteristics of the position you demand.
26). Are you willing to work overtime?
It is something that in principle should be answered in the affirmative, you must show availability and commitment, so there is no other. But if it's going to be impossible, answer honestly , because among other things, they can ask you questions about where, when and why you did your last extra hours.
27). Would you be willing to travel frequently or move?
It is something that is linked to the position you demand, but they may want to check your family charges or your commitment to the company. In any case, answer with sincerity and not with what you think they want to hear.
28). Where do you see it within 5 years?
Focus on the work, do not specify too much in what position you want to be or how much you want to earn , say rather that you expect to continue working (in general, not in that company) and facing new challenges.
29). What are your goals for the future?
Talk about professional goals that you have set for yourself, and how you plan to achieve it . They do not have to be directly linked with that company, since as in the previous question, you do not know if they will hire you. But if you could talk about the immediate future and how your goal is to work in that company, to continue progressing until reaching certain professional goals.
30). When could you join the company?
If you are working indicate that in the 15 days of rigor , do not say that it would be immediate, because if you start leaving your previous company hanging, it would be a very bad start.
If you are training with a course or have obligations at home , you must have already taken care of finding ways to make them compatible with work, so explain how you would do it and that you would have no problem joining the company. It is better not to respond, "immediately" or it would seem that you do not occupy your time while you are unemployed and have been wasting it.
31). Do you prefer to work alone or in a team?
It is increasingly valued that employees know how to work in a team, so respond in that line. You can say that you work well in a team and that you like to do it, but that in the same way you also know how to work alone.
32). Working in a team. What position do you prefer?
Respond according to your real experience, if you have worked in a team before, you will know in which role you feel more comfortable, so transmit it to the interviewer.
33). Have you led a team meeting? As was?
He mentions that the meetings were always agreed with the team members and that they were never done more than necessary. Talk about how you mixed information and motivation equally.
34). How do you motivate your team?
Talk about recognizing the achievements of each team member, offering them information about the objectives they are accomplishing, and how you communicate with them to solve any problem that arises.
35). What successes have you achieved as the leader of your team?
You can talk about concrete successes , increase in sales, greater customer satisfaction, completion of a project, etc. But above all talk about how your management had an impact on the group, and they allowed you to achieve success.
36). What people do you like to work with?
It's about talking about qualities, especially those that are best valued within a company. You can say that with committed, loyal, imaginative, capable, participatory people ...
37). What do you expect from a boss? How should your relationship with employees be.
You can talk about waiting for a relationship to communicate with him, and receive his support to carry out the work with the greatest efficiency.
38). How were your previous bosses?
As in other similar questions, you should leave behind feelings, whether negative or positive. Never criticize your former bosses , that will only harm you.
What you should do is give a general and neutral response, in which you talk about the way you lead, how you motivated the employees and what you learned during that stage.
39). How do you think you should be a good boss?
You may be talking to your future boss at that time, so it's time to pull generalities again. He mentions aspects such as knowing how to work in a team, the ability to motivate, who knows how to listen and respect opinions, etc.
40). What relationship have you had with your coworkers?
Again, don't talk about feelings or criticize former classmates. The normal thing is that you get along and even make friends among the colleagues who work in your same department, so it is better to remain as sociable people and that are valued by others, enough to make friends.
41). Have you ever mediated a peer conflict?
If you have done so, focus on the impartiality with which you dealt with the conflict and on the techniques you used to mediate. As you worried about knowing the interests of the parties, the rights of each one, and finally you proposed a reconciliation strategy.
42). How do others describe you?
This is a part where references from former colleagues, bosses or customers can enter. But the idea is to normalize the negative and the positive aspects. The very, very, always, you can turn them into: almost always, a little, sometimes.
Talk about how good they say about you, but also cite some criticisms , and talk about how they have helped you improve. From that point, you can start to tell what your qualities are.
43). What is your opinion of your co-workers?
Remember the successes that you have had and the acknowledgments that have been made to you, extract those positive comments and evaluations and present them to the interviewer . Try to be related to the work you choose, you can talk about being creative, having a positive attitude, good taste, being dedicated, perfectionist, good communicator ...
44). What have stood out from you, your bosses?
It is closely related to the previous question, so try to select those positive comments that have to do with the characteristics that are necessary in the profession and the position you are applying for . Talk about your ability to withstand the pressure, your communication skills, how you highlighted your ability to reconcile, etc.
45). How do you work under pressure?
Pressures may exist in any job, so answer that you have already worked in these types of situations and that you could face them again. You can cite a project or situation in which you worked under pressure and what was your method to overcome it successfully .
46). How would you rate the work you did under pressure
Quote how you followed your own planning, and adjusted it to the plan set by the company, and that you met the objectives that were requested.
47). Describe a difficult problem that you have solved
Talk about a relevant case that has been a benefit for the company, cite how you solved it and what techniques you used to reach that resolution. Analyze the situation, identify the problems and establish an action plan.
48). What would you do if you had to make a decision and there is no procedure that dictates how to do it.
You cannot give the image that you ran out to look for your boss, or you were left blank, or with your arms crossed. Cite a similar situation in which you showed initiative proposing solutions and let them see that you are able to think of ways to solve problems, and that you are not afraid to face these situations.
49). How do you solve the daily problems you face in your position?
Synthesize the problems you may have had in the development of your work and also how to deal with them. You can mention that the first thing for you is to analyze the situation, identify the problems, ask for opinions (work in teams) and finally apply a plan to solve them.
50). What proposals have you made in previous work?
Cite those that were accepted by the company, and finally were carried out with greater success. You must prepare this answer as it serves to see if you commit to the company and you care that it improves.
51). What kind of decisions did you make daily at work?
If you have had a position of responsibility, list those decisions you have made, which are relevant and that may have a direct relationship with the position you are in demand.
52). Tell me about yourself
This question is very common and at the same time difficult to answer, as extensive as the answer may seem. But generally the interviewer himself will clarify what period and aspects interest him, so it is not about you telling your whole life.
It is appropriate that you have a script with your different student and professional stages , that way you can expose what interests you, about your knowledge or professional experience.
53). What are your strengths?
You must show what your strengths are, in those qualities that have to do with the personal and professional . Hence the importance of analyzing oneself and preparing the job interview .
Remember what you found out with your analysis and mention those qualities that most have to do with the position you are requesting , you can mention examples in which you demonstrated communication skills, loyalty, results orientation, sacrifice, etc. At least keep in mind three virtues that you want to mention.
54). What are your weaknesses?
It is better to mention those defects that have less relation with the position you are applying for . The trick is to mention defects that can be virtues , such as taking a little longer to do things because you like them to be perfect or to be somewhat stubborn for not stopping until you reach your goal. If you mention other defects such as disorganization, say also what techniques you have learned to correct them, and as now they no longer affect your work.
First of all, we must make it clear that whatever our defect or defects, we have already overcome them or we know how to overcome them and carry out our work. Try to put aside those flaws that only seek to flatter themselves, such as the classic "I'm too perfectionist," "I'm too responsible," etc.
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55). How would you describe your personality?
These are questions in which you should show features of your personal and professional profile, so again personal analysis is important, but it is also important to ask people who have worked with you, and your family or friends. With that information you can get an idea of how your personality is, and transmit it on the day of the interview.
56). If I won the lottery, would I still work?
It is a very rare and elaborate question, but they can ask it. So it is your time to show that you have a bombproof motivation, and that it is not based solely on money. So you can answer that you like your job and that you enjoy facing new professional challenges.
But how to answer questions about our personal life?
If you perceive that the question may discriminate against you , it is in bad faith or directly violates your rights. Respond that you do not think it is relevant to the position you are demanding, but if you think it is really important you can answer it, that will depend on you.
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Many recruiters do not hesitate to go into thorny and private issues, such as health. I advise you, if they ask you, say yes, that you have no health problems and remember that you are not obliged to admit that you have any disease.
Comment that you take advantage of your free time to practice some sport. Risk sports are often related to injuries, so you better not name them.
58). How do you spend your free time?
If you have already been asked about the practice of a sport, mention it again and include other common activities, such as reading, running, hiking ...
59). Are you a smoker?
You cannot answer in any way other than honestly. If you smoke, acknowledge it and argue that you only do it outside working hours and that if you do it at work, you would be willing to recover that time.
60). Do you have a boyfriend? Are you married?
These questions besides being illegal, are out of place and therefore should not count when deciding on a candidate. But many times they are used in combination with others, to get an idea of your willingness to travel or do overtime. As I said, it is up to you to answer them.
61). Are you pregnant? Do you plan to get pregnant?
Again questions that should not be asked and which you may not answer, is your decision. Although many women increasingly postpone pregnancy to focus on their career, that depends on you, so respond according to your convictions and desires.
62). Why do you want to work in this company?
One of the most repeated questions and you should take prepared, as it will demonstrate your knowledge of the company and the job you choose. You should highlight those positive aspects of the company , such as its importance and reputation, its growth, which will contribute to working in it and in any way, show that there is a real interest in working in this and not in any other company in the same sector .
63). What things from your previous job did you not like?
The person who is going to hire you does not want to hear as criticism of your previous company, nor, as you complain about any of your bosses or colleagues.
Among the trap questions of an interview, this is one of the most repeated. So try not to get caught, and talk about general aspects that you did not like , it is better to focus the answer, arguing the monotony of the job, the difficulty of moving there, or the inability to ascend and reach new goals.
64). What bothers you most about your classmates?
This is another of the trick questions, since it is not convenient to cite a string of endless complaints, because if it is not going to seem to bother you everything. Make a list and be clear about three things that bother you , such as: unpunctuality, disorder, lack of attention, negativity, etc.
Those made in previous phases: they are usually made in writing, and these are closed questions that have to do with the basic requirements that you must meet to apply for employment, so in this case there is not much room for maneuver. You can ask them for example, when you respond to a job offer on the internet and they make you fill out a small form.
Those who ask you during the interview: they are usually open questions, for which there is no pre-established answer. If you detect one of these questions, it is advisable that you reflect the answer well, that you answer with sincerity and that you do not try to go through the branches. Thinking well what you are going to say before answering, can be the secret to a second interview.
65). Do you think this job is right for you?
research the company. This is about detecting if you are under qualified or overqualified, and it is at this time that questions begin to be known as killer questions or killer questions . If your resume fits reality, the recruiter knows the answer. But in any case, you should expose your interest in the position and let him know that this is what you are looking for at that moment.
If your training is lower than the needs of the requested position, you must explain what are the strengths of your work experience or studies, and make it clear that without a doubt you could quickly learn what you are not so prepared for.
If you have a higher education , the interviewer will be worried about whether you will do the job with reluctance or leave it as soon as you get a better job. This is when you must show that you are excited about this job, what you are looking for, that you could contribute many things and that you would like to do it if they trust you.
66). Why at your age have you settled for such a low salary?
It is a question designed to break the preparation you can take, one more of the killer questions . As in the others, you must bring it to your land and let see positive things , such as that you value work as a way of learning and acquiring experience , and that perfected your skills you trust to be increasing in category in the company, translating into a higher salary
67). What salary do you expect to collect?
You can say that it is something variable, it would depend on the responsibilities and that in any case it must be a fair salary. If you decide to say a figure, that is because you have already held a similar position or have seen that average salaries are charged in similar positions, better move by ranks and not by exact figures.
You can say that it is something variable, it would depend on the responsibilities and that in any case it must be a fair salary. If you decide to say a figure, that is because you have already held a similar position or have seen that average salaries are charged in similar positions, but it is always better to move by ranks and not by exact figures.
68). If I went to Mars / A desert island. What would it take?
It is one of the questions that adds pressure and puzzles you, they may want to test your nerves. So even if it is difficult for you, show that you do not fall easily.
Myself in my first interview , I went blank because I had not prepared anything like this kind of question. So I advise you to prepare it, to be able to think quickly and respond in an orderly manner , try to explain that you have never seen yourself in that situation but that you would try to bring elements for your survival, oxygen, food, elements to make fire ...
69). Do you have any questions?
Even if they don't tell you directly, your obligation is to ask a question . It is not worth the first one that comes to mind, this is a very important point and you have to ask questions that have arisen during the interview or that you have already prepared.
It is your obligation to ask questions. You will show interest, attention and knowledge.
70). What specific responsibilities should I assume?
You are interested to know for many reasons, one of them may be if the salary does not reward your effort. But you also show interest in the work and its own characteristics.
71). What training plans do you have in the company?
In addition to asking if you are really interested, you will show that you want to continue training and that you are therefore committed to your work.
72). Can you tell me something about the criteria you use to select personnel?
If they give you specific details you can find out what type of candidate they are looking for exactly. It gives you the opportunity to act skillfully and remind you that you have some or all of those characteristics.
73). Do you think I meet the requirements they ask for?
It may seem a somewhat violent question, but it is important to ask it since it can give you first hand information in one way or another. It is your last chance to refute some detail that you did not like, or argue how you can replace your lack of experience in some aspect.
74). What is the next step in the selection process?
You show confidence by being interested in the next step. But it is also something that makes a lot of sense, since it can inform you of the way they will contact you again, if there are other interviews or maybe some proof.
75). How long have you been working in the company?
This question may also arise at the beginning of the interview, in the form of a question to break the ice, since it serves for the interviewer to tell you something about him, and hence a conversation that creates some empathy can arise.
76). To hire me. Who would be my boss?
A new opportunity to start a conversation and create ties with the interviewer. It is understood that by asking this question you already know something about the company and that you are interested in knowing more.