Top 10 Common Job Interview Questions and Answers

Top 10 Common Job Interview Questions and Answers Samples

Practice and get comfortable with these common job questions and answer samples before our
interview and we’ll feel more confident while giving much better answers.
We recommend spending some time getting comfortable with what we might be asked, what
Hiring managers are really looking for in our responses, and what it takes to show that we’re the
right man or woman for the job.

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

To answer, walk them through our background, starting with how we began our career or our
current line of work.

Take them through key accomplishments, and key career moves we’ve made, and end by sharing
what we’re looking to do next in our career and why we’re job hunting.

Good answer sample:

“I started my career in Marketing after graduating with a Business degree in 2011. I’ve spent
my entire career at Google, receiving 3 promotions and 4 awards for outstanding performance.

I’m looking to join a smaller company now, and take on more leadership and project

2. How did you hear about the position?

This is one of the simplest question-and-answer scenarios in any interview, but that doesn’t mean
It can’t ruin our chances at the job if we answer incorrectly.

Good answer sample:

“I saw the job posted on a website, and the position seemed interesting so I wanted to learn

“I found the position while looking for jobs online”

“Your company was recommended to me by somebody I worked with in a previous job and had
heard good things about your organization”

“I heard about it from a friend”

3. What do you know about our company?

Our primary goal is to show we’ve done our research or knew about their company before
applying. If we do this, we’ll be fine.

If we don’t seem like we know anything about them, we’ll come across as desperate – somebody
who will take any job they can find. And that’s going to make us unattractive to any good
employers out there.

Good answer sample:

“From what I read, your company is one of the leaders in providing security software to other
businesses. I read the list of clients on your website. Do you mostly serve Fortune 500 clients? I
saw a couple of big Fortune 500 companies mentioned on the list, including … and……”

“You’re one of the largest investment banks in the US. Your headquarters is in Raleigh, NC, and
you have 25,000 employees worldwide based on what I read on your website.”

4. Why did you apply for this position?

We need to sound like we want the RIGHT job and that we’re being picky. Companies want the
best performers and the best performers are picky in their job hunt.

Stay away from negatives and complaints too. Do not bad-mouth our current company or boss.
Focus on the positives of the company we’re interviewing with.

Good answer sample:

“I’ve heard great things about the work environment here from a few colleagues.
And when I saw this job posting, it seemed to match my skills very closely. For example, I saw in
the job description that you need somebody who’s an expert in MySQL programming.”

“This is what I focused on in both of my previous positions and was even the focus of my
academic work before graduating from university. I consider myself an expert in MySQL and it’s a
skill I hope to continue specializing in.”

“Since beginning my career, I’ve wanted to work for a larger organization in this industry, and I
know you’re one of the leaders in this space.”

“I’m very interested in your services, especially the mobile applications you’re building recently,
so I’d be excited to come here and grow my skills with an organization like yours.”

5. Why should we hire you?

Try to talk about them and how we’ll help them. What will be better for them if they hire us?
What will we improve for them?

And show we’ve done our research. Make it clear that we know what this position involves, and
We’re ready to perform the tasks.

Good answer sample:

“I read in the job description that you’re looking for someone with experience in software
programming. I’ve done that for 3 years and can immediately help you accomplish software

6. Why are you looking to leave your current company?

If we chose to leave on our own terms, stay positive, and focus on what we wanted to gain from
the decision, rather than bad-mouthing or focusing on negatives we wanted to avoid.

Good answer sample:

“I was hired for a project management role, but over time that changed and I was no longer
being given the opportunity to do the work I was interested in.”

“I left to pursue an opportunity that I felt was more aligned with what I’ve chosen to focus on in
my career.”

7. What are your greatest professional strengths?

Answer it well and it’s one of the best ways we can show off our skills and show that we stand
out among other candidates.

Choose 1 to 3 attributes we want to mention (depending on whether the question asks for one
strength or multiple) and cap it there.

We’ll want to think strategically about what skills will position us as qualified for the job and a
good fit for the company.

Does the position require client interaction? Communication and relationship building makes

Or if the environment is fast-paced and constantly evolving our ability to multitask, adapt, and
learn quickly would be good to highlight.

Good answer sample:

“I think some of my greatest strengths are my communication skills and willingness to take

“During my last internship, when I was helping to manage several social media accounts, I made
sure that everyone on the team was on the same page and knew what our messaging strategy was
by taking the initiative to send out a weekly email to keep the team up to date and to seek

“This ended up being so helpful that the weekly social media update was incorporated into a fulltime staff member’s responsibilities.”

8. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.

Focus on a specific work-related challenge and talk about how we overcame obstacles, used it as
a learning experience, used the resources around us (including people/colleagues if applicable),
and ended up with a positive result!

That’s how to answer this interview question. Keep it work-related, not personal.

Good answer sample:

“In my last job, we were facing a tough deadline and my boss was out for the day. Our client
was expecting a project to be delivered by 5PM, but we were far behind schedule.”

“I took the lead on the project, delegated tasks to the four other team members in a way that I
thought would utilize everyone’s strengths best.”

“And then I re-organized my own personal tasks so I could dedicate my entire day to contributing
to this project as well.”

“The project was a success and we delivered the work on-time. I went on to lead more projectsafter that, and used what I learned to be a better project manager.”

9. How much money are you looking to earn?

Unfortunately, this question is left off of many lists of job interview questions and answers

But it’s extremely important and the wrong answer here can cost us thousands of dollars in the
negotiation later on.

Stand our ground and tell them we don’t have a number in mind yet or aren’t sure.

Good answer sample:

“Right now I’m focused on finding a job that’s the right fit for my career.
Once I’ve done that, I’m willing to consider an offer you feel is fair, but I do not have a specific number in  mind yet, and my priority is to find a position that’s a great fit for me.”

10. Why do you want to work here?

This is very similar to the question: “Why did you apply for this position?”
Show them that we know what that their job involves (at least as much as we could learn from
the job description and company website), and that we’re excited to be interviewing for this

Good answer sample:

“I’ve been actively searching for jobs since graduating with my Nursing degree.”

“I’m interested in intensive care and emergency medicine and I’ve seen your hospital mentioned
as having one of the best ER’s in the region.”

“I thought the job description matched up well with my background, and saw some of my personal
strengths mentioned, like multitasking and being able to thrive in a fast paced environment, so

“I’d love to begin my career here.”

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