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Top Interview Questions

Jobs-Hire.com compiled the top 10 most common interview questions every job seeker should be prepared to answer. By familiarizing yourself with these questions, you can better prepare yourself to do better during the interview. Remember, preparation and practice is the key to success!
  • Please tell us about yourself.
  • When interviewers ask this question, they are not asking to hear your life story, but more of your work history.  Take this opportunity speak about your work experience, your previous positions, your skills and qualifications, and your career achievements.  Tell the interviewer qualities that make you unique.

  • Why do you think you would fit well with this company?
  • Fitting in with the company is very important, sometimes even more important than your qualifications.  It is believed that a group of people who get along and work well together is far more efficient than one that does not, therefore, the ability to show that you mesh well with their company culture could determine whether or not you get the job.  To answer this question, first you must do some research on the company and the position you are applying for.  Is this a fun company to work for?  Do they have a work hard/play hard mentality?  Or are they more strict and formal?  If you are familiar with the culture of the company, this question is easy to answer.  Just tell them you are exactly like them!  The more general answer would be that you work hard and are very respectful towards your colleagues.  You take your work very seriously, you're a team player, you get along well with others, and you can work independently or as a team.

  • Please tell us about your experiences at your last company.
  • You can answer this question honestly, but try to focus on the positive.  Don't mention any drama or disputes you may have had with a co-worker or manager.  Simply describe your role, responsibilities, what you've learned, and how your experience has helped you grow professionally.

  • Why are you leaving your current company?
  • This can be a tricky question.  Employers will not want to hear about how much you hate your old or current company.  Again, leave all negative feelings behind and focus on the positive.  If you were fired or laid off, prepare to give an explanation.  If you’re currently employed, you can say you’re leaving because you’re looking for a company with more growth opportunities.  The key here is to keep it short, honest, and sincere.

  • Tell us about a time when you had to solve a problem at your previous job.
  • When asked this question, you should try to recall an example that relates to the position you are currently interviewing for.  For example, if you are interviewing for a customer service position, speak about a time when you had to handle a difficult customer.  Go in details about what the problem was, how you handled it, and what was the outcome.

  • What would you say is your biggest strength?
  • Choose an answer that best describes you as a professional. Since there are so many possible answers because you have too many great qualities, we recommend choosing an answer that pertains to the position your are applying for. Think about the main requirement that is needed to do this job well. Does this position require you to be creative? Or do you need to be extremely detail oriented to be successful? Perhaps what it takes is someone who has exceptional problem solving skills. Make sure you think about your answer before you come to the interview and be prepared to follow up with an example.

  • What would you say is your biggest weakness?
  • Most people will tell you to answer this by naming a positive trait and mask it as a flaw.  For instance, “I work too hard” or “I’m too much of a perfectionist”.  While these answers are fine, we encourage you to be honest as well.  It’s ok a name a real weakness as long as you follow with what you’ve done to overcome it.  Some employers will appreciate your honesty and commend you for it.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years?
  • Most employers will ask this to see what your goals and aspirations are.  You can tell them within 5 years you see yourself in in a management or any other leadership position.  Don’t say you see yourself opening your own business (even if this is how you feel, they don’t need to know that).  Chances are they are looking for someone who wants to stay with the company for a long time.

  • What do you know about this company?
  • Always research the company before you come to the interview!  This is very important.  Employers want to know that you are a serious candidate who’ve put time into getting to know their company.  Find out what they do, who they work with, what their achievements are, etc.  You are not expected to know everything about the company, but the more knowledge you can showcase, the better you’ll look.

  • Why should we hire you?
  • Here’s the opportunity to sell yourself.  Your answer should focus on you and the qualities you have that makes you stand out amongst the crowd.  Do not settle for answers like “I really need this job” or “I’m really good at this”.  Instead, answer by reiterating your strengths and any skills you possess that makes you the perfect candidate.  Also, explain why and how you will be an asset to the company.