The 10 Most Common Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

The 10 Most Common Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them


– Hi I’m James Ball, Founder
of The Interview Academy and welcome to our series on how to answer the most common interview
questions that you’re ever likely to face. The first question is
tell me about yourself. Now I’ve been in the recruitment industry for nearly 20 years,
and from my experience, this is a question that
you’re almost guaranteed to get asked in an interview. So it’s absolutely vital that
you make sure that you get the answer to this question
fully prepped in your head. Now, whilst I can’t
tell you exactly to say because I’m not you, I have
no idea what your strengths and weaknesses are, and I’ve
got no idea what kind of job you’re looking for there are
some very right and some very wrong ways of answering this question. The first thing you should
do when planning your answer is to consider the
following three main points. Number one, what does your interviewer actually want to hear? Number two, what have
you got that they want? Number three, what proof have you got? Because obviously there’s no
point in just saying something that they want to hear without being able to give some very specific
examples of how you can do it. The best bit of advice I
could give you is to get hold of the job specification in
advance of the interview. The recruiter should be able
to send you a copy in advance if you haven’t got one. When you get it, go
through it a few times, highlight any qualifications,
or skills or experiences that you see on it that match yours. Two or three accomplishments
or skills should be enough for what you
need to do for this task. Then what you need to do
is to mold all of those into a really good answer about
yourself and your strengths. Another great thing to talk
about in this answer is what got you first interested in
your current career path and what your plans are for the future but only do this if you
think that this is relevant and impressive to the company. So for example, did a
particular experience at school or college get you
interested in the industry? Or maybe environmental
sustainability is something you’ve always wanted to fight for? Whatever your personal
circumstances, make sure that your answer fits with their requirements. Don’t go off topic, don’t start
rambling about experiences you had years and years ago,
what you like doing in your spare time and how your aim in life is to settle down and start a family. None of those are bad things,
and whilst you might feel that they’re relevant to the
question, because they’re asking about yourself, they’re not relevant. The interviewer is
asking you this question for a very specific reason. And that’s to find out how
suitable you are for the job, and not your entire life history. Normally this question is
one of the first you’ll have to face in an interview, so ultimately it can potentially frame
the rest of the interview and how it’s gonna pan out. So giving a really impressive
answer which instantly identifies you as a
potentially suitable candidate for the role puts you on a very
strong footing from the off. Basically, all you really need
to remember when answering this question is this,
how will you benefit them? As an example, if I was
applying to a marketing role, for instance, I might
say something like this. I studied English and
Philosophy at university and took a marketing
module in the first year which I found really fascinating. This ignited my passion for
digital and I spent a lot of my spare time reading
up on the latest techniques and tools involved in
the marketing process. This helped me get my first
job as Marketing Assistant straight out of university. I’ve now been at the agency for 10 years, and have led a variety
of different campaigns, which included one which made
the client £100,000 in a week. I’m hoping to move on to an
in-house role so I can really get my teeth stuck into a business and see the results of my hard work. This answer is good because
it’s detailed and it’s relevant and it flows well together. And I’m not just throwing facts at you. Another bit of advice with this question is to keep it snappy. Don’t waffle if your nerves will allow it. Your answer should last
for no longer 30 seconds. And one last thing. Keep it natural. You don’t want to sound like
a robot, so whilst your answer should be practiced and rehearsed, make sure that it doesn’t sound stilted. The second question to consider
is why should we hire you? Okay, this is a question
that gets asked a lot in interviews, and if
you think about it from an interviewer’s perspective,
you can understand why they ask it. It’s a question that instantly
puts you on the spot, and it’s an opportunity
to express the skills that you’ve got that others won’t have. Basically it’s your chance to
shine and position yourself as being the must-have employee. This requires you to put across
exactly how you can benefit the company, and why you’re
so much better than everyone else who has applied for that role. What the question is
basically asking is this, why are you better than
all the other people we are going to interview? What makes you different to them? And that’s the tricky bit. Because somehow you need to stand out. Believe me, a lot of candidates fall down at this point in an interview. They say something along the lines of because I’m the best. But that means absolutely nothing. Especially if you haven’t got any stats or facts to back it up. So, think about what
could give you the edge on other people. What makes you extra special? What one thing could you
say that no other candidate in the process is likely to say? When you’re preparing for this question, get a hold of the job
specification and ask the recruiter if you haven’t got one and they should be able to send a copy across to you. The reason you need this is
because you need to know exactly what your interviewer is
looking for in the person, so that you can build your
answer around their requirements. Once you know that, align
your own skills and experience with them and start putting
your answer together. Your answer should show that
you understand the business, understand the role and that
you’re more than capable of fulfilling their needs and wants. Your answer should also
show why you can do that better than everyone else. So, when you’re preparing your answer, follow this precise course of action. Number one, write down
a list of your skills and qualifications, and any
training courses you’ve attended over the last few years. Number two, make a note of any
statistics that you can quote which will back up your claims
so if you’ve the been the top salesperson for several years,
make sure you quote how much revenue you generated and
what percentage of your sales target this equates to and
remember that stats really impress people and add a lot
of credibility to your claim. Number three, have a look at that list. And at the same time look
at the job specification. Number four, what matches? What stands out? And what do you think is unique to you? Number five, if you can’t
find one unique skill or experience then use
a combination of skills and experiences which are unique to you and help you stand out So, let’s work through
a real-life example. Let’s say you’re applying
for a senior sales role for a Digital Marketing
Agency, who want people with experience in the industry and are comfortable dealing at board level. Your answer to why
should we hire you could be something like this. You should hire me because
I’ve been a senior salesperson for two digital marketing
agencies over the last 10 years, dealing directly with senior
directors and decision makers all the time, and in that
time I was the top salesperson for seven of those 10
years, averaging 2.2 million in revenue which equates to 176% of my target on average. An answer like that shows
that you’ve got industry experience, you’re used to
dealing with senior contacts, and that you’re really
good at what you do. I suppose one final key bit
of advice when building your answer is to treat the
job specification or even the online job advert as a
wish-list or exam question. Your job is to make sure you
address their key requirements using your own skills and
experiences and positioning yourself as the best person for the job. The next question you need
to think about is what is your biggest weakness? Okay, hands up I personally I
hate this interview question, but that’s not to say
that it doesn’t get asked all of the time, because it does. Personally I had to
answer it many times right at the beginning of my
career and I can honestly say I always struggled with it. It’s only when I started in
recruitment that it finally clicked in my head what
the question really means. But before I tell you
how you should answer it, there’s something you
absolutely shouldn’t do, and that’s to lie. Everybody has a weakness, so don’t make the schoolboy error of saying
I haven’t got any weaknesses. All that’s going to happen
if you say that is that the interviewer will think
you’re really arrogant and it will be an instant
black mark against your name. Also, you’ve got to be careful
not to be too truthful. Let’s be honest, you don’t
want to go off on a ramble about how terrible you are at X, Y and Z. That’s also not what an
interviewer wants to hear. You have to be tactical. You have to select weaknesses
that make you look human and not incompetent. Finally, and this is the
worst thing you can do, don’t say some kind of cliché
like I’m a perfectionist or I work too hard or anything like that. Honestly, answers like those
say nothing and they just irritate interviewers,
and I should know because I’ve heard it thousands of times. So that’s what you shouldn’t do. No lies, no awful confessions,
and absolutely no clichés. So now you know that, how
should you build your answer? In my experience, the best
answers obviously include a weakness, but the best
candidates will use that weakness to reveal some positive
attributes about themselves. So, briefly state your
weakness, then show one or two positive characteristics
about yourself that are helping you to overcome that weakness. Now, that might sound
complicated but it’s really not. So for example, you could
say something like this. I’m not great at time-management. I’m definitely guilty of
over-committing and trying to do too much at once, and then I
often struggle at prioritizing my workload, but I have been working on it over the last few months
and I found an online time-management course which
I personally subscribed to and it’s really starting
to pay off for me. It’s just helped me look at it things in a completely different
way, and it’s lead to me being far more productive and focused. In this example, time-management
is obviously the weakness and the strengths are dedication, passion, initiative, and proactivity. You want to take some time
to really show how you’ve improved your situation and become more employable because of that. The only thing to be careful of here is, using the example I’ve just given you, if time management skills
are a must for the role, then saying something
like that might just shoot you in the foot. So plan your answer
carefully in conjunction with the vacancy’s job specification
or even the online job advert that you saw when
you applied for the role. If you haven’t got either,
just ask the recruiter to send them to you in
advance of your interview. The fourth question is what
is your biggest strength? Now everybody expects to
get asked what your biggest weakness is in an interview,
but not many expect to be asked what their
biggest strength is. Take a moment and think about it. What are you best at doing? There might not be one shining
thing that instantly comes to mind, but initially
write down everything that you can think of. Now, grab hold of the job
specification for the role you’re applying for, and match
your strengths with the company’s requirements. Look over your list that you made earlier and try and work out if
there’s one strength which aligns closest to the company’s biggest desire on the job spec. Now, this task might not
necessarily be straightforward you’re going to have to decipher
what the company is really looking for, and to do this,
it’s a really good idea to build a list of what
you think are the most desired skills and
strengths from the job spec. From that, prioritize and
rank each of the company’s desirable skills and strengths,
and match them to your own. Once you’ve done both of those tasks, you should have the basis for your answer. When you’ve got your answer,
you now have to prove it. What evidence have you got
to back up your claims? What experience, skills,
training or results can you demonstrate with your answer? Like with any other interview
question you get asked, you need to be able to prove
yourself and why someone should pick you to work for
them over everybody else. So, for example, if your
biggest strength lies in people management, explain a
bit of the back story. Do you currently work
with a small or big team? Are there a wide range
of backgrounds, ages, and seniorities within that team? What do you do that makes
everyone enjoy or at least respect working with you? Then what you have to
do is state some facts to go with that. Maybe a number of employees
asked for transfers to your team in the last year, because people respect your leadership? Or perhaps you impressed your
senior managers so much when you were managing one team
that they’ve now added two more teams to your remit? Has your company seen an
upsurge in sales since you took on the management position? Stats and facts work a lot
better than just saying something random and
hoping that it sticks. One last thing, keep in
mind that your strength has to be relevant to the job. You should have worked out
exactly what your interviewer wants from the job
specification, so make sure your strengths will actually be
something they’re looking for. There’s absolutely no point
saying you’re a brilliant administrator, when you’re
applying to be a salesperson, and whilst I know that
sounds really obvious, you’d be surprised at how many
people get this really wrong. To recap, make a list of
your strengths, marry them up to the job specs desired
skills and strengths and pick your best strength which
most closely aligns you to what the company is looking for. The next question you need to think about is what do you know about our company? There is a very strong chance
that you’ll get asked this question in an interview, and
honestly, if you can’t answer it then your chances of getting the job instantly reduce to zero. I’ve had people turn up to
interviews I’m running who answer with nothing really, and
as an interviewer it just puts you completely off the person. Firstly, they haven’t been
bothered to do any company research, so it makes them look lazy. Secondly, it displays a
complete lack of passion or get-up-and-go. Finally, it makes them
look like they can’t be bothered about the company’s job. And that’s the key thing. The employer wants to know
that you’re passionate and interested in their opportunity. And if you display that you’re not, they simply won’t recruit you. You absolutely must, at the
very least, have one or two things to say about the company. These will ideally be
points that you found out during your online company research. But the things that you
really should know include, what the company actually does, the company mission statement,
which you should be able to find on their website,
and any recent news stories that the company might
have been involved in, again, a quick Google search
on the company name followed by a click on the news
button at the top of Google will help you with that. And finally, who their competitors are. Now you’ll definitely have
to do some research to work this bit out, but being
able to answer this question is potentially really impressive It may also help you answer
another common interview question which recruiters ask which is do you know who our competitors are? So the main point is, do your research. Check out the company’s website,
social media, Glassdoor, and any other marketing material
you can get your hands on. If you do this, you’ll be able to prepare your answer in advance. Then you should use quotes and
facts that you’ve found out during that research and
give reasons why they appeal to you or why you found them interesting. If it helps, take your notes
into the interview with you it won’t annoy the
interviewer if you do this, because nobody would expect
you to remember everything. In fact, walking in with a
set or pre-prepared notes will show that you are the kind
of person who’s committed, passionate and interested
in the role and company. Having this kind of
knowledge will really impress any interviewer. So for example, if you
were applying for a job at a recruitment agency for
example, and you get asked, what do you know about our
company, you might say, you specialize in sales
and marketing recruitment, there are about 40 people in the business, and you’ve worked with
some great brands like National Express and T.M Lewin. You typically recruit
for some high end roles and you offer a more quality-driven
support than the average agency which is why I find
the role so compelling. Just remember though, don’t go overboard and take it steady. A little praise is great and
shows that you’re passionate about the role, but you don’t
want to look like you’re sucking up too much in the
hopes of getting a job. So, to recap do your
research, and do it well, and the answer to this
question will be easy. The sixth question you need to prepare for is why do you want to
work for this company? This question is really
common and is a natural follow on from the question what do
you know about the company. A lot of people also confuse
this with why have you applied or why should we hire you,
but in truth this question is a lot more specific than that. If your interviewer asks
you this, they want to know why you want to work for their company. They’re going to want you to
display a real understanding of their actual company,
their culture, their values, and the industry in
general and exactly why these things made you apply. This question is specifically
asked to see whether you’re genuinely interested in the company or if you’re just applying
for every job you can find on the internet. To that extent, the question
is designed to catch those kind of people out, and that’s
because companies want to hire people who love their
brand and their business. Now for most companies, that
might be a bit too ambitious, but what it basically boils
down to is that they believe that people who love their
brand and company are more likely to be the passionate and dedicated and ultimately will be the
people who are most likely to push the business forward. What you need to remember is
that an interview is just as difficult for an interviewer
as it is for an interviewee basically they’ve got about
an hour to decide whether you’re a good fit for their business. And the cost of making a
mistake is potentially very expensive, and I should
know, because over the years I’ve made several, very
big hiring mistakes. The interview is the company’s
only opportunity to work out and in a very small
timeframe whether the person sat opposite them can
truly make a difference. That’s why a question
like this is so important, and can be really powerful
for the interviewer. So a really good answer to
the why do you want to work for this company question
could be something like, after doing some research, I
feel like your company culture is dynamic, progressive
and in a constant state of growth which would offer
me a chance to flourish. I have applied because I
really want to grow within a vibrant team and culture
and I think your company would be the perfect match. Or even, I use Company
Products all the time, and I have done for years. I’d be absolutely thrilled to
join your team, so I can help to develop the technology
in line with the brand. You want to properly highlight
how connected you are to the company’s mission statement
and products or services, whilst showing that you’ve made the effort to do some research. There’s nothing worse than
someone showing up to interview without any idea about
what the company does, or its values and where it’s
positioned in the market. So as with most things interview-related, make sure you do your research. Right, just a couple of
warnings that you need to heed. Firstly, don’t go absolutely
wild if you get asked this question. You don’t want to go on and
on about how much you love a company and how you
only want to work there and nowhere else and how you’ll
do anything to get the job. If you do, the chances are that you will end up sounding desperate. And secondly, please, please,
please make sure that you get your facts completely straight, and don’t quote made-up stuff. You’ll be speak to someone
that works for the business, so it’s going to be incredibly
embarrassing if you ramble on about something that
is completely wrong. Seventh, is the question
why are you leaving your current workplace? Now this is an interview
question which you’re almost certainly going to get
asked, and there are lots of very wrong things you can say, so make sure you’re listening carefully. The reason why interviewers
love this question is because it gives them an
opportunity to work out just how serious you are
about taking their role. If also potentially gives
them an insight into your commitment levels and how
likely you are to stay in their position, should
you be offered the job. That’s because no company on
the planet wants to recruit you for a new role, only for
you to leave six months later. That would cost the
company tens of thousands, and they’d have to start all over again and nobody wants that. Another reason why it gets
asked is because it gives the interviewer an
opportunity to eliminate any time wasters. These days, it’s incredibly
common for someone to look for a job, and get to the
point of being offered the job only for them to use it as leverage to ask for more money with
their current employer. If that’s you, and you know
who you are, then part of the interviewer’s job is
to work out who you are, which is why you’re going
to get asked this question. So, how should go about
answering it and what are the worst things you can say? Firstly, don’t ever
think about badmouthing your current company. Showing any kind of negativity
can come across really badly and the interviewer might think you can’t work well with others. Everyone’s worked with
a bad boss at some point mentioning it in an
interview though really isn’t a good idea. You also shouldn’t be illusive. Simply saying because I
want a new job just comes across like you’re not bothered
at all, or worse still, you’re being guarded and not being honest. Now a really common
answer to this question is my current role lacks
opportunity to progress. Now, whilst it’s fine to say
this, especially if it’s true, a, it doesn’t really say much, b, everyone else says it and
c, if you want to set yourself apart from everyone else,
then you’re going to have think of something which is a
little bit more interesting. Plus, you want to be careful
that your answer doesn’t come across like you’ve been
stagnating for the past couple of years, and you haven’t
done anything about it. So, an example of a more
passionate, rounded answer would be something like this. I’m a really creative person
and I want to join a team who share my creativity. I’ve learnt so much working
with my current company but I feel like my ideas for
pushing the business forward have outgrown theirs, and in
truth I have got more to offer a more innovative company. I want to wake up in the
morning, excited to go to work. Basically, most recruiters
will know that salary, opportunities and personal
issues are the main driving forces for anyone looking for a new job. But even saying that, they’d
still much rather hire someone who also actually
wanted to join them. And not just any old company. So to recap, no badmouthing,
don’t be illusive, and think of an answer where you can weave some positive traits in. Next question is what
salary are you looking for? Now, this is a question that
gets asked in every interview. Firstly, it’s really
important to understand that the vast majority of
companies will want to pay you the least it can get away with. Now, market forces, your
skill level, and how in-demand you are will determine
what that figure is, but inevitably it may be lower than the number you’re thinking of. When you get asked this
question, it’s really important to not just blurt out a
figure you have in your mind. Salary negotiation is an
integral part of any recruitment process and rushing into your
answer could mean that either you go too high and don’t get
the job, or you go too low and get it, but at a lower
salary than you deserve. Normally, in my experience
at least, you won’t enter into a negotiation during an interview. Typically your interviewer
will ask you the question, you’ll tell them the number,
they’ll write it down, and refer to it when
they make you a job offer and it’s at that stage that
the negotiation starts. But getting this number right
in the interview could make the difference between you
getting the job or not, and at an appropriate salary. It’s really important to
remember when you apply for a job these days, you’ll
have almost certainly done so online, and there
should have been a salary or salary range on the advert. That’s the figure you
need to be working to. So the first thing you
need to do is make a note of that number and remember it before you go into the interview. If the salary wasn’t on the job advert, then go online and do some research. Go on indeed.com and see
what people in similar roles, in the same area are being paid. Or speak to your
recruiter and ask directly what the package is for the role. Now, there is some scope to
ask for slightly more money than was advertised, but if
you do, don’t ask for too much as you’ll annoy the interviewer,
and secondly you’ll need a really good reason as to why
you deserve the extra cash. This will be particularly
difficult if you haven’t sold yourself well enough
during the interview. If you ask for a number that’s
outside of the advertised range, the next obvious
question you’ll get asked is why have you applied
for this job if you know it’s not paying you what you want? I’ve had people sitting
in front of me asking me for £10,000 more than I’d advertised, and they crumbled at this question. I’ve heard answers like
because I’m really good at what I do and to be honest,
that’s not good enough, and just annoyed the hell out of me. So, when you’re thinking
of the salary you’re going to ask for, bear all of that in mind. Good interviewers will also
ask you what you’re currently earning, and most people will
leave a job in the expectation that they’re going to
earn more in a new role and everybody knows that. But if the jump you’re asking
for is too big, that will also raise questions, so be ready
for the follow-on questions about a lack of experience,
or the jump being too big. Typically what happens in those
scenarios if you get offered the job is that you get offered
the job at a higher salary than you’re currently earning,
but lower than you asked for, or worse still lower than
the salary advertised. But as I said earlier, it’s
at the offer stage where the negotiation starts,
and not in the interview. So, with all of that in
mind, a really good way to answer this question is like this. I am currently earning
£20,000, but after 2 years’ experience and a proven
track-record of A, B and C, I’m ready to take on more
responsibility and I’m therefore looking for £23,000. Having done some research
online, I think this is a fair salary for someone at my level. This answer is balanced. You don’t want to be unrealistic, you don’t want to be greedy, but you also don’t want
to undersell yourself. Remember, employers will
pay you the least possible amount that they can get away with! If you want to be a little
bit cheeky, you could throw the question back at
them and say something along the lines of, based
on the research I’ve done, I have found that someone with
similar experience to myself, going into a similar role
would earn between £22,000 £26,000, but I understand
that all companies are different so can I ask
how much you would typically pay somebody with my experience? An answer like this is a little softer. You’re still setting your
expectations but you’re putting the ball back in their court. This is a tactic to use only
if you’re a confident person and the interview is going
well don’t say it if you’re the nervous type or you’re
facing a difficult interviewer. On another note, it’s
probably wise not to apply for jobs you wouldn’t take
because the advertised salary is much lower than
you’d accept in the hope that you can push it up in a negotiation. You’ll probably just end up wasting your time and the interviewers. The ninth question you need to plan for is where do you see
yourself in five years? I’ve never been entirely
sure why interviewers ask this question, as it doesn’t
really tell them much, but unfortunately, the
chances are that you will get asked this question at some point. So, the key things to
remember are that you need to get across are the following,
a, you’re going to remain loyal to the company for
the foreseeable future, b, you have some ambition, and c, you don’t have
ridiculous expectations. And obviously, that you’re not gunning for your new managers job. If you tell your interviewer
that in five years you expect to have their job, guess
what you’ll come across as confrontational and
frankly, unattractive, and it won’t do you any favors. Your potential new
manager wants to know that in five years, you will
have made a brilliant impact on the business and
they’ll think that hiring you was the best decision they ever made. Now whilst it’s a question I don’t like, given the likelihood of getting asked it, you need to prepare a good answer for it. Just saying, um, here really
isn’t going to cut it. A better way of answering
it would be something along the lines of the following. I’m looking to join a vibrant
growing business where there are clear opportunities
for my personal growth, and I think my skills
would eventually suit a people-management role. I’m at the point in my
career where I’d like to find a company to settle down
and continue to grow within for the long term and I really
think this could be the one. So, in five years, frankly, I
can happily see myself here. Don’t get cocky and tell your
interviewer that you’d like their job in the future and
don’t admit that you just want a job where you can just
turn up, get your job done and leave bang on the dot. Emphasize that you want
to grow with the business and that your own aspirations are exactly the same as theirs. Make sure you focus on
growth and development. If you’re really not sure
what they want from you, then you could turn the
question round on them and say something like, is
there a path people would typically follow at your company? This question at least
shows that you are genuinely interested in getting the
role and are seriously thinking about your future at the company. But, if you’re the nervous type
I wouldn’t recommend asking it, as asking it in the right
way takes some confidence, and you have to make sure
you don’t come across argumentative or disruptive. The 10th and final
question is do you have any questions for us? Any interviewer worth their
salt will ask this question at the end of an interview. It is immensely important
that you have a good answer lined up for it. Because if you don’t, you look like you’re not bothered. And don’t just ask the first
thing that comes to your head. It’s an opportunity for
you to seal the deal, to confirm that you really know your stuff and to demonstrate your
passion for the role and the business. The best candidates will
have a pre-prepared list of questions which they’ve generated from their company research. Some of the best people I’ve
interviewed actually produce a list of questions and
start working through the ones that haven’t been answered. On the receiving end
of something like that, well frankly it’s impressive
because it shows that you’ve taken the time to learn
something about my business. It shows dedication,
proactivity and commitment, so I’d strongly advise that you do that. In how you specifically
answer the question, you could ask probing questions such as, could you give me an example of the kinds of projects I’ll be working on. Or an opportunities question
such as what training opportunities are available to staff. Both of these show that
you’re seriously interested in the role and that you’re
considering your future career working for their business. The same goes for questions
about the business culture. If you ask something like are
you quite a close-knit team? Or what’s the company culture like here? It shows that you’re at
least trying to imagine yourself as part of that team. But probably the best
question you could ask is, do you have any concerns about
my ability to do the role? It’s a classic closing question,
and I know that it sounds scary because you open yourself up to criticism, but demonstrating
that you’re ready to meet any objections head on and
still explain why you’re a great fit for the role,
and assuming you can answer their objections well, then
you could seal the deal. This is honestly the perfect
opportunity to make sure that your interviewer leaves
the interview knowing that you’re the only person
who should be in that role. But I have to say, if you’re
going to ask this question, then you need to be ultra-prepared. You’re going to look like
an idiot it you ask it and then you’re dumbstruck
when they actually reply. Before the interview, take
a look over the job spec and see if you can spot any
skills or qualifications that you might be lacking. And if you haven’t got the job spec, ask the recruiter in
advance to send it to you. These are the potential
objections that may crop up and these are the things you
need to be ready to address. Crack this and you could
crack the entire interview. In truth, you should be
asking questions throughout the entire interview. Ultimately, the interview
is your opportunity to work out whether the role
is right for you or not. It’s a two-way street
and your interviewer will be expecting some questions. So, just remember to make
sure that you don’t leave all of your questions to the
very end of the interview and end up interrogating your interviewer as it may scare them off. Okay, that’s it for the 10
most common interview questions and how you should be answering them. The main takeaway is that
you really, really, really need to be ultra-prepared if you want to wow any interviewer. And that takes research,
planning and practice. If you want more details
on how to answer any of these questions then
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and I hope you get the job!

36 thoughts on “The 10 Most Common Job Interview Questions And How To Answer Them

  • Awesome video! I'm noticing that the tips & strategies that you are presenting are very relevant to U.S. job interviews. Keep up the good work!

  • If you're worried or anxious about how to adapt your answers to any of these 10 questions to your situation, put your question in the comments below and we'll do our best to answer them. And if you haven't seen it already, make sure you watch our video on how to answer behavioral interview questions – https://youtu.be/URs2vLAPNT0. The advice in it is "literally GOLD", as one commenter put it… 🙂

  • My problem with all these videos with advice is that they are written for people with insane resumes. Like, "answer this question by telling them that you are the best salesperson in the world and use these ridiculous stats to prove so". No shit, Sherlock. At that point in my career I won´t need this advice, give me answers that I can use in the interview to get the job where I can make those achievements, not the jobs after.

  • What if they asked " Is there a time that you solved a problem?" What should I say? Cuz I don't really remember any problem that I solved😪I only have solved common problem not specific😪help me please😅My Mac Interview is on March😪Help me please😪♥️

  • Watched this twice this morning pre interview and it massively helped me formulate my quedtiond and answers. So much so that the 2nd interview is in the bag and … for a better position! THANK YOU 👍🏽

  • I got asked some really dumb questions recently. I spoke to the girl on the phone for 45 minutes. This wasn't even the real interview, just a pre- screening with the temp agency!

  • Why not ask your current manager what your biggest strength is, and use that when asked in a future interview. Also, when identifying a weakness, if it's something not relevant to the role you're being interviewed for, it's not going to be detrimental.

  • How the hell are you supposed to prepare for an interview when in reality you don't actually know what any of the questions will be? This is a list of the 10 most common, that a lot of preparation for 10 questions when you might only get asked 1, what about the other questions in an interview. How bad is it going to look when you have managed to rattle off an answer to only one question with confidence and crumbled at the rest?

  • I love the informations you give to me in this video, it is very useful and to the point. but with me you spoke so smoothly and that made me a little difficult for me to get all the words you said in the video. just my opinion.

  • how do you answer the question "why should we hire you" when you have 1 year of working experience? help please ^_^

  • great video mate. Thank you for posting it. I always ask the last question to employers: "do you have any concerns about my ability to do the job" and 99% of times they respond nothing back. I guess here in the States they are afraid of lawsuits or who knows what!!

  • Wow just had a Panel interview and they asked some of these exact Questions… they told me It went great and gave me there card n be looking for a call next week 👨🏾‍🦲😀😀💯💯🤪awesome

  • I have watched your videos, but its all applicable to the private agencies. Therefore, we need more videos applying NGOs responsibilities and nonprofit organization.

  • Thank you for your guidance. I will not call you my brother.I will always call you my Teacher. Thank you once again.

  • Question #11: Who the hell do you think you are applying for this job that you're clearly unqualified for?

  • This is a great video!! This has helped me so much preparing for my new job interview.. THanks so much.

  • I have a question regarding salary expectations. In the application I was asked what did I expect to receive. After doing research on glassdoor and indeed, it listed a salary range. As such, I placed that salary range on the application. After the first interview, I was advised what the salary range is. Sadly, I was $100k short. How does one recover from this if a offer is made based on my expectation and not with the position allots for?

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