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Thursday, May 16, 2013

100 most common interview questions and answers

One of the smartest things you can do before a job interview is to review answers to the 100 most common interview questions and answers because there is a good chance that you will be asked at least some of the questions on the list. and answering just one question incorrectly may put you out of the running for a job.

Here’s a list of the most common questions and a guide to the kind of answers your interviewer wants to hear

Common general interview questions

  • Tell me a little about yourself.
  • Why should I hire you?
  • How do you define success?
  • Where would you like to be in five years? Ten years?
  • Describe your personality.
  • What past accomplishments have given you satisfaction? Why?
  • What made you choose to apply to this position?
  • Why do you want to leave your current position?

    Common experience interview questions

    • How would you define a great work environment?
    • Have you ever worked for a difficult person?
    • Have you mostly worked alone or in groups?
    • How many projects can you handle at one time?
    • What was your workload in your current/last position?
    • What are some things you find difficult to do on the job? Why?

    Common education interview questions

    • What tertiary qualifications have you attained?
    • What if (if any) self improvement courses have you attended?
    • What certificates have you attained?
    • What is the most recent skill you have learned?
    • What have you learned from your past jobs?

    Common competencies interview questions

    • What are your strengths?
    • Describe a time when there was disagreement in your team.
    • What achievements in your life are you most proud of?
    • Tell me about the biggest change that you've had to deal with at work.
    • How do you respond to change?
    • How do you feel about supervising people older than you?
    • What is your weakness?
    • What was your greatest achievement in your job?
    • What experience have you had working in a team?
    • Do you think conflict or differences of opinion can ever be seen as positive?
    • Tell me about a time when you used tact and diplomacy
    • Tell me about a time when you had to unexpectedly change your approach during a project.
    • Tell me about the last time you had a disagreement with someone
    • Give me an example of when a project or task you were managing suffered a setback.
    • Tell me about the most difficult person you have worked with

    Common behavioral interview questions

    • How do you work with new people?
    • We have a problem with “______”. How would you handle this problem?
    • Are you a persistent person? Give me an example of this, if so.
    • Where do you stand with your former employer?
    • Explain a difficult situation in which you were involved and how you handled it.

    Other stress interview questions

    • Why are manhole covers round?
    • Why did you switch to political science? Is it because you couldn’t handle engineering? Why did you do so poorly on this test?
    • What kinds of people do you find it difficult to work with?
    • What are some of the things that you find difficult to do?
    • How would you evaluate me as an interviewer?
    • What interests you least about this job?
    • See this pen I’m holding? Sell it to me.
    • You need to work a full whole one month because of quarter results nearby what reason will you give to exempt from the work?
    • If you are a leader of the team, what could you do better than the truly leader?
    • What do you think that you have learned from it?
    • Would you like to have your boss’s job?
    • Why should I hire an outsider when I could fill the job with someone inside the company?
    • Why were you out of work for so long?
    • If you caught a student cheating on their test, what would you do?
    • How do you feel this interview is going?

    Common new job interview questions

    • What are you looking for in a job?
    • What kind of people do you like to work with?
    • What type of work environment do you prefer?
    • Do you have any questions for me?
    • What do you know about this position?
    • What do you know about this company?
    • Explain why you are qualified for this job.
    • Are you looking for a permanent or temporary job? Why?

    Common stressful interview questions

    • What are your worst characteristics?
    • How long have you been looking for a new job? Why?
    • How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?
    • How long would you stay with us?
    • Have you ever had problems getting along with others?
    • Tell me about the weakest argument in your writing sample.
    • What can I tell you about my organization?
    • Do you think the questions I’m asking you are fair?
    • What can you bring to the table that someone else could not?
    • The answer you just gave me was
    • ridiculous. Tell me what you really think
    • What outside interests do you pursue?
    • Do you have any reservations about the job of the company?

    Common goal setting interview questions

    • By what date do you want to achieve your goal? 
    • What (exactly) do you want to achieve?
    • How do you know you are committed to achieving your goal?
    • Who needs to be involved in this goal process in order to accomplish it successfully?
    • Why invest time and energy into this goal?
    • Why would this goal relate to purpose, vision, or organizational values?
    • Finally one extra question; What day will you commit to, to start to achieve your goal?
    • These stages are short term goals, which are integrated steps to achieving the long term goal. They're also a measure of progress to achieving the long term goal.'
    • Who possesses the skills and talent necessary to meet the goal or do we need to train?
    • What would change once you achieved your goal?
    • Then I define what needs to be done, in working stages, to achieve that goal.
    • 'I start with the big picture, and define what I'm trying to achieve on the long term as the strategic goal.
    • Describe a difficult decision you had to make.  Would you make the same decision again faced with the same situation?

    Common management skills interview questions

    • What are your weaknesses/strengths?
    • How do you motivate people?
    • How do you react to pressure?
    • How do you handle a subordinate whose work is not up to expectations?
    • How do you coach a subordinate to develop a new skill?
    • Explain a situation when you have had to deal with a difficult person.
    • What have you done to develop the skills of your staff?
    • When do you give positive feedback to people? Tell me about the last time you did?
    • Give an example of how you handle the need for constructive criticism with a subordinate or peer?

    Common conflict resolution interview questions

    • Have you ever been deal with any difficult team member or worker? How did you do that?
    • How do you go about problem-solving?
    • What Is conflict resolution?
    • Tell us about any experience of dealing with power struggle. What had you done to convert it to a win-win situation?
    • Tell me about a situation when you were given job instructions and you were unable to comprehend the instructions. How did you go about completing the task?
    • Describe the most difficult conflict you have ever had to deal with.
    • What types of disputes can be addressed through conflict resolution?
    • Provide any example for a successful solution you had brought to a conflict.

    Common last job interview questions

    • Why did you leave your last job?
    • Tell me about your last position and what you did?
    • If you don’t leave your current job, what will happen there? How far can you advance?
    • What did/do you enjoy most/least about your last/p resent job?

    Wage negotiation interview questions

    • What kind of salary do you need?
    • Do not be harsh during salary negotiations.
    • Do not mention your expected salary on the resume?
    • Let the employer first make the salary offer. Try to delay the salary discussion till the end.
    • What kind of salary would you require to accept this position?
    • What kind of salary do you believe you will be earning after five years?
    • What kind of salary do you think you deserve?
    • Do not lie about your previous salary. Employers can often verify your salary history by contacting your previous employers.
    • Your own background and qualifications. If you are asking for an above-average salary, are you above average in your credentials?

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