How to answer the 9 most common interview questions

Going on an interview gives you a real chance to impress a hiring manager. There is no guarantee what you will be asked, but it would be nice to know that there are a number of questions that come up over and over again.

While we unfortunately can’t read minds, it’s important that you have powerful answers to these questions to help you make a big impact. Here are some of the most common interview questions and tips on how to answer them. Consider this your interview question study guide.

  • Can you tell me about yourself?

This is usually an initial question. This is simple, many people do not prepare for it, but it is crucial. It is a great opportunity to show your strengths. You can start by replying with an overview of what you are doing now and what you have accomplished so far in your career. You can follow the same structure as your resume, giving some examples of your achievements and skills you have acquired. Don’t go into too much detail – the interviewer will ask you to go into more detail for the areas where they like more information.

  • Why should we hire you?

This question seems bold, but you’re lucky the hiring manager asked you. This is where he has the opportunity to tell the hiring manager about his skills and experience that are crucial to the job he is applying for.

Don’t just recount your experience, explain how it could benefit the company.

  • What are your greatest strengths?

When answering this question, be precise. Share your true strengths, not the ones you think the employer wants to hear. Be relevant. Choose the strengths you will share that are most specific to the position.

  • What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

An interviewer wants to identify your self-awareness and honesty through this question. Think of something you’re having trouble with but are working to improve. For example, maybe you find public speaking difficult, but you recently volunteered to conduct seminars that will help you become more comfortable interacting with a crowd.

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Be honest and specific about your future goals. Consider that a hiring manager wants to know if you’ve set realistic expectations for yourself and your career, if you have ambition, and if the position you’re applying for is relevant to your goals and growth.

  • Why are you leaving your current job?

Definitely keep things positive. You have nothing to gain by being negative about your previous employers. Instead, show things in a way that you’re eager to take on new opportunities and the job you’re applying for now will be a better fit for you than your last position.

  • What are you looking for in a new position?

Be specific. You can say the very things this position has to offer.

  • How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?

Choose an answer that shows that you can deal with a stressful situation in a productive and positive way. A better approach is to talk about your stress reduction tactics and share an example of a stressful situation you’ve been through.

  • Do you have any questions for us?

An interview isn’t just a chance for an HR manager to get to know you, it’s also your chance to find out if this job is right for you. What do you want to know about the position? The company? In the actual interview, you may have a lot of questions, so it’s best to have common questions ready.