Eight Most Asked Interview Questions

Sheena Joseph | Aug 04 2019
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Most aspirants worry about job interviews. Some people are nervous about talking to strangers. Some are scared of the thought that the very existence of interview panel is to grill applicants. But the truth is that the company is in the process of finding the right employee just like you are trying to find the right company. Better you approach an interview with a view that you are giving a company an opportunity and for you to test whether the company is suited for self. 

However, preparing some thoughtful answers will help you to impress the company representatives. For that, you need to know the questions beforehand. While each company has its own set of technical and non-technical questions for applicants, there are some common questions asked in all interviews regardless of profession. Here are the eight most asked interview questions.

1. How did you hear about the position?



This casual question is an opportunity for you to show off your passion for the field and network. If you heard about the company and position through a professional contact or friend, you can mention the name of that person. But talk about how enthusiastic you are about the opportunity. If you heard about the opportunity through social media or a job board, you can mention that too. Make it sound like you have a keen eye to little details of what goes on the industry and why this particular company impressed you. 

2. Why do you want this job?



This is a question you will definitely be asked. You must have an excellent, thoughtful answer to this question. It will have to be honest yet good enough to impress the panel. This question is your chance to convince them that you are perfect for this job. An answer along the lines 'I have been observing many great movements by this company, and I believe that I can bring more to it' will be a great answer. The company wants to know if you are passionate about the job and how much are you willing to work for the position.

3. What do you know about the company?


This might not be an ‘always asked’ question. The panel obviously does not need your help to know about their own company. But many companies want to hire people who have done their research before walking into an interview. You may have read the ‘about’ session on the company’s website. But anyone can do that. Your answer should not be that. The only way to ace this answer is to actually work for it. Ask around and surf the internet. Your contacts in the profession or social media will surely help. Talk about the charity event or a contest the company organised. You can also mention the financial achievements of the company.

4. Why are you leaving your current job?


This is the toughest question ever. It is a tricky one. Saying something negative about your current employer will not have the desired effect. An answer without a substantial point will make you look sloppy and unattached and unreliable. Be diplomatic. Say that you have learnt a lot in your past jobs and now you are interested in exploring new opportunities. Mention that the job you are interviewing is a better role to make the best use of your abilities and experience. But if you were fired from your last job, be honest. Mention how much you have grown from the previous job and why do you believe that you were ready to for this job.

5. Why should we hire you?



This is the most intimidating question for most people. But in reality, this is the best question you can be faced with. The interview panel is deliberately giving you an opportunity to talk about your qualities. Keep in mind that this is your best chance to impress them. Craft a careful answer to this question before the interview. Practise this with a friend. Take their feedback. You don’t want to sound like a self-obsessed person. Talk about your strengths and how you can contribute to the company. Let them know how your past experiences can make the company better. Your goal is to convince them that not hiring you will be a loss.

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6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Honesty is very important while answering this question. Talk more about your strengths. But more importantly, talk about your qualities that are relevant to the job and be specific in describing them. For example, rather than simply saying that you have great communication skills, say that you can perform well in communicating with the clients. If you have an incident in mind when you exhibited management skills and multitasking, talk about it. 


On the other hand, talking about your weaknesses is tricky. The interview panel is trying to test your self-awareness. You can't escape by saying that you are perfect. Talk about a flaw that you have been working on to eliminate. If you struggle to talk to people or give presentations, mention how you have been working on remedying it.

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?



This is another question that requires a thoughtful answer. The interviewers must not feel that you are thinking about it for the first time. They want to know if you are realistic and ambitious. Your ambition in the answer should go along with the post you are applying for. Do not say that you want to be an actress when you are applying for the post of a software engineer. The panel should be convinced that you are willing to learn and work hard in the job because it will get you closer to your dream. Giving the impression that you have no ambition will ruin your chances entirely.

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8. Do you have any questions for us?



This may seem like a question with no purpose. But, it is your chance to find out whether the job is right for you or not. Ask about the designation, company, department, and the team. However, you may already have an idea about these. You can ask questions like ‘what is your favourite part of the job?’ or future plans of the company. This will get you direct answers from the interviewer. It will also make you look more enthusiastic.