15 Common and Important Job Interview Questions and Answers


  1. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

The interview wants to know how long you would be committed to the company. Tell them you want to grow within the company and contribute to exceed the expectations of the firm.

  1. What motivates you?

Never make a mistake of mentioning salary as the most motivating factor. Please explain that the more you see your input helping the institution achieve its objectives the more you are motivated to be better.

  1. What is your greatest strength?

You are challenged here to state what makes you think you are better than other candidates. This is your chance to shine; don’t leave it pass.

You can state you thrive under pressure, perform beyond expectations even without supervision. You can also state that you are a good motivator and strive to be a role model at work place.

  1. What is your biggest weakness?

If you are asked this question, give a small work related flaw that you are working hard to improve. For example “I have been told I occasionally focus on details and miss the bigger picture, so I have been spending time laying out the complete project every day to see my overall progress.

  1. Would you rather be liked or feared?

Neither, I would rather be respected.

  1. If the interviewer asks if you have any questions to ask them?

Remember to ask the interviewers about renumeration if they haven’t asked how much you expect to be paid. Don’t forget also to ask them how soon they would like to get back to you.

  1. Tell me about yourself?

This is your chance to describe briefly your career history, education background and achievements.

Please don’t waste time explaining in details because most of the details are contained in your resume.

  1. What do you do for fun?

This question might look simple but you have to be careful when answering it.Stating that you do nothing might deny you the job.

Mention things like jogging, reading novels, swimming or a sport that you love.

  1. Why should I hire you for the job?

You should hire me because I am the best person for the job. I realize that there are likely other candidates who also have the ability to do this job. Yet I bring an additional quality that makes me the best person for this job – my passion for excellence. I am passionately committed to producing truly world class results. Then you could give an example.

  1. Are you a team player?

Here you must say yes, otherwise you lose some marks. Yes alone is not enough; you must narrate a recent example of how team work helped you achieve your targets.

  1. What do you know about our firm?

This is one of the most important questions in an interview. It shows if you are serious about the opportunity. This goes back to you doing your homework and preparing for the interview. You want the interviewer to be confident that you know the firm but let the interviewer tell you about the company too. Keep your answers simple and to the point.

Before you sit for the interview, research about the company products, management team, objectives, achievements and recent news.

  1. What do you look for in a job?

An opportunity to utilize your skills, contribute to the firm and to be recognized for a job well done. Talking about salary, benefits and or vacation here is not suggested.

  1. Provide me with the definition of the position for which you are being interviewed.

Keep your answer brief. Use a definition that lists actions and expected results for the people you’ll be working for. Think of how you’ll perform as a team member and independently. Making the day easier and more productive for the people you’ll be working for is very important.

  1. Why do you want to work for a small firm?

I like working in an environment where my work is directly felt by everyone .Small firms allow actions to take place much quicker than at large firms.

  1. If you do not get hired by our firm, what will you do?

Analyze what I could have done better during the interview. Then take that knowledge with me into my next interview with the next firm.






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