Common Questions You May Be Asked in a Job Interview

I am an extreme over-preparer, but luckily that is often needed and recommended for job interviews and the job search process. I always recommend that before anyone goes into a job interview that they prepare for common interview questions.

There are many questions that are almost always asked, so it is best to have your answers ready so that you can sound as confident as possible before you go in. Stalling or saying “ummm” a lot can be seen as negatives in a job interview by the interviewer, and that can happen if you haven’t practiced common job interview questions. You might as well spend an hour or two and practice common questions instead of wasting your time failing multiple interviews.

Here are common questions you may be asked in a job interview:

Common Questions You May Be Asked in a Job InterviewTell us about yourself.

This is usually the very first question you are asked in a job interview. This should also be one of the easiest since it’s all about you. You need to shine in this area and practice what you’ll say because it will really show if you have confidence in your job interview or not.

When you are telling them about yourself, you don’t need to mention anything person. This is a mistake that many people make. You don’t need to tell them where you live, whether or not you are married, if you have children, whether you want a family in the future or not, and so on. You can leave all of that personal information about of this question. With the “Tell me about yourself” interview question, they want to know more about your work, volunteer, and school-related life.

You want to talk about your work experience, how it can apply to the job you are applying for, and why you enjoy the industry.

Why do you want to work here?

This is a VERY common question, and it is directly related to the job you are interviewing for. It is also an interview question that many people forget about, so you better not! You need to think of a very good answer to this interview question as it can make or break your interview.

You need to research the specific company you are interviewing at and the specific position you are interviewing for.

I always like to research as much as possible so that I can inject little parts of it into the interview to show that I’ve done my research.

Do you have any questions?

This is usually the very last question in a job interview. The interviewer will usually ask if you have any questions, and usually you should ask one or two. It shows that you are interested in the company and working there.

You usually do not want to ask about salary at this time. You might want to ask questions about the career path that is possible for you at the company and the responsibilities you may have if you were to get the job.

What questions are you often asked in a job interview?


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  1. I have freezed at the question “tell me about yourself” when i faced it the first time in an interview! I think having an idea of what exactly they ask beforehand help such situations. Nice post, keep going!

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