25 Popular Job Interview Questions and Answers

Interview questions and answers are a source of many questions for us, no pun intended. Why? Because our readers know that the key to interview success is preparation, preparation and more preparation, and who doesn’t want to have the answers to the test in advance?

Check out these 25 popular job interview questions and answers;

Q1. Describe yourself and your experience? A1. This is the most commonly asked question during interviews. Take time to write a prepared, polished answer that is short and crisp. Your answer should give a brief overview of your experience as it related to the position you are interviewing for, start with oldest to newest.

Q2. Why did you leave your last employer / why are you leaving your current employer? A2. Put a positive spin on your response. Emphasize the desire to grow and learn, and expand your responsibilities and experience. Never bad mouth your current / past employers or coworkers. Emphasize a positive about the position you are interviewing for.

Q3. Describe your knowledge about this organization? A3. You are not expected to be an expert, but you should review the organizations website and read the recent press releases. Emphasize a strong point or positive from your research.

Q4. What reasons do you want to work at this organization? A4. Make sure you map your experience and skills to the position you are interviewing for and also relate your reason to a positive about the organization.

Q5. Do you work better on teams or as an individual? A5. This question is trying to determine if you are a team player. The answer is that you work well in teams and individually depending on the requirement of the task. Make sure you give some examples from previous jobs.

Q6. Describe your greatest strength and greatest weakness? A6. This is another question that you want to prepare for in advance. The key is to keep it positive with both your strength and weakness and demonstrate you and qualified, dedicated and hard working. An example strength could be your work ethic, an example weakness could be your dedication and commitment and that you sometimes work too much.

Q7. Do you have any questions for me? A7. Make sure you prepare some questions in advance about the specific job and the organization.

Q8. Describe a problem you had with a supervisor? How did you resolve it? A8. This also smells strongly of trick question. Stay positive and develop a memory problem about any trouble with a past supervisor.

Q9. Do you have any weaknesses or blind spots? A9. Be honest, everyone has weaknesses and blind spots. As you become aware of them you fix them. No known open weaknesses or blind spots you are aware of.

Q10. Have you ever competing priories assigned and due around the same time? How did you prioritize and complete them? A10. This question is checking your time management and prioritization skills. You want to respond from two points of view. First emphasize how you worked with supervisors and other stakeholders to prioritize each assignment, then give examples of your time management skills and how you do what it takes to meet the deadlines.

Q11. What is your long term goal, what do you expect to be doing in 5 years time? A11. You need to demonstrate a growth path that shows you plan to continue learning and taking on more responsibilities. Make it clear you are flexible, but be honest with your end objective.

Q12. What skills and traits will you bring to the organization? A12. Focus on your demonstrated strengths, give recent substantiated examples. Make sure the examples are relevant to the position you are interviewing for.

Q13. How will you make up for your lack of experience? A13. Give examples from prior jobs of taking on more responsibility or quickly learning and new job or business. Examples showing your flexibility are also helpful.

Q14. What position do you prefer on a project or team? A14. Give your honest preference but indicate that you are flexible.

Q15. Why do you think you will succeed at this job? A15. Provide specific examples demonstrating skills, experience and interest that are relevant to the position you are interviewing for.

Q16. What relevant experience do you have in this area? A16. Give recent and specific examples relating directly to the position you are interviewing for.

Q17. What do your co-workers say about you? A17. Keep it positive and give a few specific examples around reliability, work ethic, can do attitude, ability to deliver, etc.

Q18. Do you know anyone who works for us? A18. Selective memory may be in order here unless you have a friend who is very well respected and liked. Do not mention relatives, some companies have policies against hiring family members.

Q19. Explain how you are an asset that would add to this organization A19. Highlight your best attributes, skills and experience.

Q20. Can you perform the job? A20. This is a key question, so gather all of your confidence when answering. The answer is yes, but a qualified yes with examples from recent experience and education.

Q21. What makes you the best applicant for this position? Why should we hire you over other applicants? A21. Give examples of your unique qualifications and experience, be careful to give very relevant answers and not fluff.

Q22. Give me an example of a complex assignment you have accomplished. How did you get it started? Why did you approach it that way? A22. Select the one most relevant example and be concise.

Q23. What amount of supervision do you feel most comfortable working under? Why? A23. You need to demonstrate that you work well working individually or as part of a team and require little supervision, but strive to keep stakeholders updated and raise issues immediately.

Q24. Give an example of a recent conflict situation with a co-worker that you were involved in. What was your part in it? A24. This is an excellent time for selective memory to kick in. You can not remember any conflicts with co-workers or supervisors as you are easy-going and easy to work with.

Q25. Have you been assigned tasks with unclear or incomplete instructions? How did you handle it? Please give a recent example. A25. Whenever you have received an unclear task or incomplete instructions, you clarify with appropriate stakeholders before beginning the task.

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