Regardless of how many interviews you’ve had, there is always a need for practice if you intend to go for another one. According to Scott Dobroski, a career trend analyst with Glassdoor, “over and over again, we see some very common interview questions asked at companies for nearly all job titles, if you are aware and prepared for what is nearly always asked in any interview, you will start the interview off on a great foot.”
Glassdoor is a career site, and they have analysed interview reviews and came up with a list of 50 common questions that are asked in any interview. This will help you prepare better when next you sit for an interview.
1. What are your strengths?
2. What are your weaknesses?
3. Why are you interested in working for [company name]?
4. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years?
5. Why do you want to leave your current company?
6. Why was there a gap in your employment between [date] and [date]?
7. What can you offer us that someone else cannot?
8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on?
9. Are you willing to relocate?
10. Are you willing to travel?
11. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
12. Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
13. What is your dream job?
14. How did you hear about this position?
15. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30/60/90 days on the job?
16. Discuss your resume.
17. Discuss your educational background.
18. Describe yourself.
19. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
20. Why should we hire you?
21. Why are you looking for a new job?
22. Would you work holidays/weekends?
23. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer?
24. What are your salary requirements?
25. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project.
26. Who are our competitors?
27. What was your biggest failure?
28. What motivates you?
29. What’s your availability?
30. Who’s your mentor?
31. Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
32. How do you handle pressure?
33. What is the name of our CEO?
34. What are your career goals?
35. What gets you up in the morning?
36. What would your direct reports say about you?
37. What were your bosses’ strengths/weaknesses?
38. If I called your boss right now and asked him/her what is an area that you could improve on, what would he/she say?
39. Are you a leader or a follower?
40. What was the last book you read for fun?
41. What are your co-worker pet peeves?
42. What are your hobbies?
43. What is your favourite website?
44. What makes you uncomfortable?
45. What are some of your leadership experiences?
46. How would you fire someone?
47. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry?
48. Would you work 40+ hours a week?
49. What questions haven’t I asked you?
50. What questions do you have for me?
The key to a successful interview is starting well; interviewers always take note when they see that an applicant has prepared for an interview and this puts you in a better position with them.
Mr. Dobroski said practising for an interview in front of the mirror, or asking for reviews from family and friends on your interview answers is a very effective method to get you ready.
Dana Leavy-Detrick who is the chief creative scribe at Brooklyn Resume studio said that you should practice subjective stories to better explain your strengths and how you reacted in a difficult situation. He added that practice is key.
This article originally appeared on business news daily.