10 most common interview questions and way to handle them

Are you prepared for the upcoming interview, where you need to convince the recruiter that you have enough knowledge and skill needed for that position? It is pretty much necessary to be prepared with the most common questions and respond effectively and confidently to secure the job. A bit of preparation prior to the interview can definitely make the whole process on the big day run smooth for you.

10 common questions that can be asked?

  Every job is different and every recruiter will have a different perspective of hiring an individual in the company. But almost all the interviews will have few common questions ready for their job seekers. Here are 10 such most commonly asked interview questions, you may come across in your interview. We can call them the open ended questions and an interviewer will ask you those to get an insight into your personality. They include:

  1. Tell me about yourself?
  2. Why should we hire you?
  3. What is your greatest strength/ weakness?
  4. How do you handle a failure?
  5. What are you passionate about?
  6. Describe the pace of your work?
  7. What motivates you?
  8. What is the most difficult decision you made so far?
  9. What do you know about our company?
  10. Where would you see yourself in the next five to ten years?

Apart from these there can also be questions related to your qualification, past experience and salary. Which can include the following:

  1. What are your qualifications?
  2. Do you think you are over qualified for the job?
  3. Do you have any applicable experience for the position?
  4. Why are you looking for a change? Please explain your responsibilities in your previous job?
  5. Why did you leave your previous job?
  6. What are your salary requirements?
  7. What are your expectations?
  8. How do you evaluate success of your past experience?
  9. What is the biggest criticism/ comment you received in your last job?
  10. What would you look for in an applicant if you are a recruiter?

Managing to answer better:

All these open ended questions are generally asked by the hiring experts to understand your perspective towards work, estimate your personality and get an idea of your communication skills. So one need to do the following even before attending an interview.

  • Get an idea on the kind of job you are applying for and understand the skills needed for that position, these can fall under your strengths.
  • Make sure you are presentable and your resume fits the requirements of the vacancy.
  • One more very important thing to carry throughout is confidence in self and clear communication of your thoughts through clear and crisp words.
  • Do not stare, but be attentive while responding and sharing your answers to the questions asked.
  • Do have an understanding of the organisation and the way it works even before stepping in for the interview.

End of the day impressing the interviewer can land you in the job, and going to the interview well prepared can help you in impressing the recruiter.

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