Common Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them Right

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Did you just get a call back from a hiring manager inviting you for a job interview? Congratulations!

Now, all you have to do is pass the interview and get a job offer! Sounds easy, right?

To help you ace the interview, we have compiled common job interview questions asked by hiring managers and how you can answer them right. (Note, however, that these are only guide questionnaires and your answers should still depend on your actual experiences, personal thoughts, and beliefs.)

Why should we hire you?

“I believe my past experiences and career background fit the requirements of the person you are looking for. If you hire me, it will be a great platform to showcase my skills and share my talents to your organization.”

What is your greatest strength?

“I am a quick learner and a great team player. Whichever team you put me, I can fit in and adjust accordingly.”

What do you consider as your greatest weakness?

  • “I am a perfectionist. I do not stop unless the work is spotless.”
  • “I am not a fan of multi-tasking. I concentrate on one thing at a time.”
  • “I take criticisms seriously. Although, I use them to motivate myself and keep improving my work.”

Read our post on how to answer the question what is your greatest weakness.

What is the reason behind leaving your last job?

“In order to enhance my skill set, I am looking for better opportunities. “

Can you explain the big career gap in your resume? Why have you been unemployed for quite a long time?

If reason is education:
“I enrolled myself for some advanced personality development course while doing freelance work on the side. This allowed me to learn and develop additional technical skills such as XXX and YYY.”

If reason is personal/family:
“I decided to take a personal sabbatical in order to spend more time with my family and take care of my young children. During my spare time, I enrolled in online cooking classes, did some fitness training, and engaged in blogging to develop new skills while staying at home.”

If reason is travel:
“After my stint with company ABC, I spent 6 months travelling to several cities, including Beijing, Paris, and San Francisco. In all my travels, I met a lot of people from different race and cultural background, learned various foreign languages, and discovered natural hidden beauties across the world. I can say that this experience renewed my perspective in life, and prepared me to take on new challenges as I go back to the corporate world.”

Read our post on how to present a career gap on your CV.

Tell me about your expectations from the job.

“I personally think that the position will help me achieve professional advancement, as well as allow me to share my knowledge among team members.”

What is your management style?

“I try not to micromanage. I let my staff do what they have to in order to accomplish the tasks expected of them. However, I constantly keep tab of the assigned work and provide as much guidance as needed. I make sure that deadlines are met and expenses do not exceed the given budget of the team.”

Do you consider yourself as a team player? Why or why not?

“Yes. I am confident to share that the team which I was part of have successfully completed projects within deadlines and I have contributed successfully to these successes.”

How do you work under pressure / tight deadlines?

“I keep myself calm while prioritising the tasks expected of me to accomplish. While multi-tasking can help me start a couple of things at once, I tend to finish tasks one at a time to help me keep my focus and not miss anything.”

How long do you plan to work for us if you are hired?

“As long as my skills are needed and that I feel challenged professionally.”

How do you see yourself 5 years from now?

“I see myself in a senior position managing important portfolio in this company.”

Do you consider yourself successful?

“Yes, apart from career appraisals, I consider having a supportive family and earning a good set of friends and colleagues as part of my success.”

Do you have any question for us?

“When can I join?”

Hope these help. Good luck on your next job interview! If you have other interesting interview questions you’d like to share with me, email me and let’s include it in this list.

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