21 Fantastic Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Posted by Tracy Reynolds on Aug 14, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In ICS insights, Interview Tips, Job Search Tips, Candidate

If you're getting ready for your next interview, you might be wondering what kinds of questions your potential employer will ask. While there's no certainty to what questions will come up, there are certainly frequently asked ones which you can prepare for!

1. Tell me about yourself.

Your interviewers most likely want to know you more when they ask this question. Start with an overview of the current position you're in, and then elaborate on how your background makes you qualified for the job.

2. How would you describe yourself?

An interviewer may ask this to determine whether your traits match with those attributes needed to succeed in the position. Include tangible instances that show how your qualities can help contribute to the role's overall success.

3. What makes you unique?

This question is often used to gauge why you are more qualified than other candidates. Provide an answer based on how your particular background and skill set would benefit the company. Discuss relevant examples from your past experiences to illustrate why your skills will set you up for success.

4. Why do you want to work here?

Interviewers ask this to evaluate your knowledge of the company and whether you've researched about the position. Learning about all aspects of the company can help you identify exactly how the role appeals to you. Use this information to describe why you're looking for these particular things in a company and how they can help you with your career.

5. What interests you about this role?

This question is almost similar to the previous one as interviewers will want to dig deeper into how you understand the role. Make sure you've thoroughly read the job description and compare the requirements of the position to your experience. This is an excellent chance for you to discuss your top skills.

6. What motivates you?

Provide examples from your past experience, and be as specific as possible when doing so. Your answer can help your interviewers understand your sources of motivation as well as your self-awareness.

7. What are you passionate about?

Your answer can help employers understand what you care for and whether the position aligns with your career goals. Share something you're really passionate about and give concrete examples of how it can be related to the role.

8. Why are you leaving your current job?

Drop the negative aspects of your last position. Focus on the future and what you're looking forward to in your next role. Craft[ a well-prepared answer that highlights what you want to achieve with this job change.

9. What are your strengths?

An interviewer may ask this question to give you a chance to discuss your skillset. Talk about your behavioral qualities and professional expertise that you think are most important for the position.

10. What are your weaknesses?

Interviewers may ask this to check your self-awareness and desire for self-improvement. Begin by describing your weakness, and then talk about the approaches you've worked on to better yourself.

11. What are your goals for the future?

Your answer can help your interviewer get a sense of whether or not you see yourself in the future of the company. Assess your current career trajectory against your career goals, then focus on discussing how the role can help you achieve these goals.

12. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Your answer can illustrate whether or not your career goals align with the goals the company has for the position. Discuss the skills you'd like to enhance from taking on the role your applying for. Relate that to how it will help you get to the position you want to achieve by that time.

13. Can you tell me about a difficult work situation and how you overcame it?

An interviewer may ask this to determine your problem-solving skills. Share a specific experience that demonstrates your willingness to go above and beyond despite being in a high-pressure environment.

14. What is your salary range expectation?

Interviewers will want to ensure that your salary requirements match with what the company has allotted for the position. To show them that you know your worth, research on the position's current market value, and bid toward the higher end of this range. But don't scare them off by being too demanding. Let them know that you're asking salary is still negotiable.

15. Why should we hire you?

This is another excellent chance to demonstrate why you're best suited for the role. Focus on specific skills, how your background matches the role's requirements, and how you'd fit with the company's culture.

16. Do you have any questions?

Your answer is a way to show the interviewer that you're really interested in the role. If your questions about the company and the position were already answered, then it's time to ask your interviewer about their experiences in the company.

17. What did you like most about your last job?

Align the positive aspects of your last position with the company's needs, and describe how this impacted your work in your previous role. Provide specific examples to support your answer.

18. What did you like least about your last job?

Stay away from the negative aspects of your last position. Focus on reiterating your career goals and how those align with the role you're targetting in their company.

19. How do you handle stress?

Interviewers may ask this question to gauge how you solve problems and work under pressure. Remember, everyone gets stressed out, so it's really about seeing whether you react to stress constructively and productively.

20. What is your greatest accomplishment?

Though it can be challenging to pinpoint a single achievement, it can be useful to mention a few successes that demonstrate your work ethics and values. Cite concrete examples and relate these accomplishments to the position.

21. What is your teaching philosophy?

This question may be used to gauge your leadership and management skills. Discuss what you think successful teaching styles are. Describe specific instances where you used these in your previous role.

Now that we've gone over some common interview questions, here are three bonus questions that you might also encounter:

1. How did you hear about the position?

This is a chance for you to highlight your interest in the company and the role. Whether you discovered the position through a job board, a job fair, or a professional contact, you can use your answer to share what excites you about the role.

2. What type of work environment do you prefer?

Do a little research about the workplace culture of the company, and illustrate how your skill set, values, and goals align with this culture.

3. What would your first 30, 60, or 90 days look like in this role?

Think about what information you may need or employees you'd need to speak with to get started on the job. Not only will this show your excitement about the opportunity, but it also shows how you've carefully thought of easing into the role.

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