100 interview questions and answers

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This article showed you the 100 most common interview questions, and what you should answer in each of them to make yourself look good.

100 interview questions and answers

If you want to know what are the most common 100 interview questions, and what you should answer, here it is.

1- How would you describe yourself?

Answer: In this question the interviewer wants to get an idea of your professional path. Make a brief introduction saying where you got your diploma, in which places you have worked before. But don’t take too long, around 2 or 3 minutes is enough, and then see if they will ask for more details on this, or move to a follow up question

2- Why are you a good fit for this position?

Answer: This is a competitive question, they are trying to understand why you are good for this job. Make sure that whatever skill, experience, or education you use to explain why you are a good fit come with examples as to why you are the best person for this job. It is important in this question to highlight how you will be beneficial for the company.

3- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Answer: In this question you should focus on telling them what your short-term goals are career wise. It is important that you let them know what you want, but also show them that you are able to be flexible about the roles you will take during that time, so they are aware that you are open to broadening your knowledge. 

4- What is your long term plan?

Answer: The long term question is one that can show your long term ambitions. In the same way as the question before, it is good that you show them what you want to achieve, but make sure to show them how flexible you are, and that you are motivated, and ambitious towards reaching your goals.

5- What is your greatest accomplishment?

Answer: In this question the interviewer is trying to identify which was the most remarkable thing you have done. It is important to be careful when answering this question so as to never use any personal achievements. And if you are using an achievement that was reached in a team effort, make sure to tell one story in which you were the key factor for what happened. 

Some interviewers may follow up on this question and ask for a second, or even third achievement. So try to have at least three of them in mind.

6- What is a way you made your last work environment better?

Answer: This question is focused on trying to understand the positive influence you can have on your workspace. Make sure to talk about new programs you have helped develop, ideas you gave to improve the environment, or even the morale of your team.

7- How have your life experiences affected where you are now?

Answer: In this question you may want to refer to situations that help you develop professionally. Don’t focus too much on the personal traits, but rather on how the experience made you grow professionally.

100 interview questions and answers

8- How is it for you to work as part of a team?

Answer: This question is trying to understand how you work as a team member. It highlights your ability to work as part of a group. If you are running for a managing position, make sure you tell stories in which you were able to manage the team well, since that is the most important aspect of that position.

9- Have you ever had a conflict with an authority figure? What happened?

Answer: This question is set to determine how you deal with authority figures. You should focus on how the conflict was dealt with, and how willing you were to fix the situation.

10- What are your most positive traits?

Answer: This question is centered on understanding what are the most positive traits you see in yourself. Make sure to tell them traits that are mostly related to your career goals, and what the company is looking for.

11- What are your most negative traits?

Answer: This is a question in which you should not only offer traits that you consider as negative, but also how you have been working towards improving them. Remember to, once again, focus on your career traits.

12- What do you think makes a good leader?

Answer: This question doesn’t imply that you should talk about how you saw your last manager, but rather how you, in doing your job, made sure that your manager looked good. Try to focus on how good leadership can make people reach great results.

13- If you had a chance to relive your life, what would you do differently?

Answer: It is normal to have regrets in life, but make sure you point one that, even though it is real, it didn’t have a negative impact on your career. Once again, don’t use personal examples.

14- What is the ideal job for you?

Answer: Make sure to make a connection between the position you are applying for, and your ideal job. Show the passion that this can bring you.

15- Tell me about your career path?

Answer: Try to go back on your career, and explain what made you decide on each decision you make.

16- What made you decide on this career path?

Answer: In this question you should explain when you decided to follow this career. You should focus on explaining why it came to your interest, and how you prepared for it.

17- What is success for you?

Answer: This is often a question that each person will answer differently. But you should focus on explaining the times in which you think you were successful, and how you reached that.

18- What is failure for you?

Answer: This question, in the same way as the previous one, you should focus on how you failed in a situation, and most of all how you dealt with it.

19- When do you feel you have succeeded in your life?

Answer: This question should explain a situation in which you succeed, even if it was teamwork, try to explain what part you took in the situation.

20- What is the experience of failure you have lived through?

Answer: Detailing a failure experience, and most of all how you dealt with it are key in this question. The interviewer wants to know how you deal with the frustration of failure.

21- How would your last boss describe you?

Answer: In this question it may be good if you have recommendation letters from former employers. This will help you show the interviewer what your previous bosses thought of you. So aside from saying how they would describe you, you can also back it all up with the recommendation letters.

22- How would your last coworkers describe you?

Answer: Similarly to the boss’s question, in this one the interviewer will also want to know how you work as part of a team. So if you have any letters of people that worked with you to back up your answer, it can be helpful.

23- How does it feel to deal with a conflict?

Answer: It is also important to know, when seeing if you are fit for a job, how you deal with conflict. You can share an experience in which you have dealt well with the conflict.

24- How does it feel to handle pressure?

Answer: If you are applying for a high pressure job, it is essential for the interviewer to know how you deal with it. So sharing a situation in which you dealt with pressure in a positive manner is important.

25- How does it feel to work on your own?

Answer: In this question the interviewer will want to know if you are able to motivate yourself when doing a job alone, or if you need people to keep pushing you. Sharing an experience that you can do alone will make you look good.

26- Do you plan to study other things in your life?

Answer: In this question the interviewer is trying to learn if you are open to the possibility that you still have a lot to learn, and understand what are the matters you are interested in. Once again make sure to talk about this in professional matters.

27- How long do you feel it will take for you to feel ready to work on your own here?

Answer: In this question the interviewer will want to understand how long does it take for you to feel safe in doing things alone in this job. Try to show them you are a quick learner, but don’t be cocky, and tell them you will be able to do things you won’t.

28- Why do you want to work in this company?

Answer: In this question, before the interviewer makes you the sale on why you should work in their company, they will ask what you see in it. It is possibly a good sign that they are asking you this, so make sure to tell them in truth what got you interested in the company.

29- What do you know about this company?

Answer: In this question the interviewer is trying to understand if you have done your homework and learned all you could about the company, and have found in that information, something that makes you passionate about working there.

30- Why are you interested in working with us?

Answer: In this question you should tell the interviewer not only the interest you have in working in that field, but also what particularly made you interested in the company.

31- Would you be willing to relocate if it was necessary?

Answer: Sometimes, if the company is in many cities, relocating is a possibility. Because of that, the interviewer may ask you if you are open to relocating, and for that you should be honest.

32- Are you willing to travel for work?

Answer: Sometimes this position may entail some need to travel, so you need to tell the interviewer if that would be a problem to you.

33- What is your relationship between money and work?

Answer: In this question the interviewer wants to understand how you connect your work with your salary. It is important that you let them know that money, and being valued for your job is important, but that you also get a sense of satisfaction from the job you are doing.

34- How much money do you think it is necessary for you to feel happy?

Answer: This is a question in which they will assess if it is possible for you to feel happy with the amount that they are willing to pay for the person that fills the position. In that, it is important that you know how much money is enough for you to prevent you from looking for another job

35- What is your expectation of salary?

Answer: You should compare the income you had in your previous position, and what is adequate for this new one. Make sure it doesn’t sound like you are only changing jobs because of financial reasons.

36- What is the most important thing for you in your job?

Answer: This is an extremely practical question. Focus on answering them how productive you can be, and what you can deliver.

37- Did you ever face an ethical problem? What was it?

Answer: If you have gone through situations like that, make sure you tell them about situations in which the ethical matters were clear, and not subjective ones, and how you responded to it.

38- Are you capable of persuading people?

Answer: In this question you may want to share a moment in which you were able to persuade people to follow you through the right idea. Focus on productivity, and give data about the facts, not your opinion about it.

39- What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Answer: In this question you should focus on intellectual pursuits, and if you are doing courses, or work related matters, you can share that.

40- Did you ever manage people? How is that for you?

Answer: It can be that you managed people, or led them in some projects, so if you have done that, be sure to share how you used your human resources, and material ones to get the best result.

41- How was your experience in your last job? or If you are employed, how is it working in the company you are now?

Answer: In this question the interviewer is trying to understand your relationship with your previous company. Instead of falling for the urge of bashing your company, or boss, focus on saying how this job helped you develop in a positive way.

42- In what situations are you used to taking initiative?

Answer: You should talk about a situation in which you took the lead in something. It could be something you have developed on your own, or even one that you motivated your colleagues to work with you.

43- Why do you think you deserve this job more than the other people that applied for it?

Answer: This is your opportunity to show why you are perfect for this job. Don’t spend time on the areas you think you need to improve, but focus on why you are better than other people in this job.

44-Tell me a situation in which you took a risk.

Answer: To answer this question you should understand what role you are hoping to fill. If it is a position that needs people that play more on the safe side, make sure you answer something related to that. But if it is a position that asks for a risk taker, make sure you tell them the most risky professional situation you have been in.

45- What does it mean to be rewarded in your work life for you?

Answer: In this question it is important that you focus on telling them how your career growth may be the most important thing for you.

46- Did you ever have to make a difficult decision?

Answer: Again, it is important to keep the focus in professional, or academic career decisions. Be ready to explain why it was a difficult decision, what you ended up choosing, and what were the results.

47- How are you prioritizing things?

Answer: You may want to share a situation in which to work as a part of a team, or with your manager you had to set priorities. Tell them it feels for you when people request your time, and how you deal with it.

48- Did you ever deal with a situation in which you needed to decide something in a split second?

Answer: Very few careers will ask people to make split second decisions. So if you haven’t done it, don’t make up an example. You can share a personal situation, but just make sure that you talk about a situation in which you came to save the day.

49- How does it feel for you to ask for the help of others?

Answer: Share a situation in which it was impossible for you to finish a project on your own. But make sure that you still show how productive you have been in the situation.

50- What do you imagine that your first 4 months in this job would look like?

Answer: Knowing what is needed of this job spot is essential in this answer. Answer by telling them all the things you think you will be able to develop on your own after this time.

51- Did you ever go through a situation in which you went the extra mile?

Answer: If you have previous work experience share a situation in which you went above and beyond in your previous job, but if this is your first job, you can share something related to your academic years, like schoolwork.

52- What is your personal work style?

Answer: You may want to talk about how you plan yourself for doing things, but also how well you can execute them. Letting the interviewer know you have a balance is important.

53- How is it for you to deal with the unexpected?

Answer: In this question it is essential that you share a situation in which you successfully solve something unexpected.

54- How do you keep yourself motivated?

Answer: You can share a moment in which you were dealing with adversities and that you managed to motivate yourself to reach a good result.

55- How do you motivate others?

Answer: In this question it is important that you highlight that you understand that it is difficult for one person to motivate others since it is mainly an inside job. But share a situation in which you helped someone find their motivation to do something.

56- How do you decide where you want to apply for a job position?

Answer: Focus on showing the things you think make this company a perfect fit for you. Don’t talk about what you think the company lacks.

57- How has it been to leave your previous jobs?

Answer: In this question you may want to share that you left the company on good terms, and explain that leaving it wasn’t related to problems, but mostly with the possibility of developing yourself professionally elsewhere.

58- Were you ever fired? Why was that?

Answer: If you have been fired, state that this has happened, but be brief on the matter. Don’t lie about this since it is possible that the interviewer will know the difference.

59- Why did you resign?

Answer: Make sure to explain what caused you to resign but never do it in a way that you highlight the negative aspects of the company. Rather than that, focus on what you hoped to achieve in the new company.

60- Are you in the process of other job applications?

Answer: You can answer this question in many ways. If you are not applying for other jobs, say so, and explain why this company is especially for you to apply. But if you are applying to other jobs, you may want to tell which companies you are applying for to increase the competition.

61- Do you prefer bigger or smaller companies?

Answer: You should know the pros and cons for each of them beforehand. And understand that some of them may be personal ones. So answer according to how it feels to you, and taking into account how this company works.

62- How have you invested in yourself during the past year?

Answer: In this question it may be important to talk about a way you improved yourself to fill this position you are applying to. If you don’t have one that directly connects, it can be something related.

63- Did you develop new skills recently? What are they?

Answer: In this question you may want to assess the skills you have developed to help you deal with your shortcomings.

64- How do you work better, in a structured or unstructured work environment?

Answer: This will help the interviewer know if you would adjust to the company culture. Make sure you know how this company works so you can answer accordingly.

65- How did you discover this company and this position?

Answer: If you have been referred to this job, now it is the time to share this information. Make sure the person that has referred you knows you are taking the interview so they can discuss you with the interviewer.

66- How would you describe your ideal work day?

Answer: In this question it is important that you show that you understand that there are repetitive aspects to every job, but also that you know that there is space to develop new, and exciting things, and that is something you are looking forward to.

67- If you are making a career change: Why are you interested in this job that is out of your field?

Answer: Even though you may be applying for a job outside of your field, it is important that you show the interviewer there is a connection, and a reason to why you are making this change.

68- What type of decision do you struggle the most with?

Answer: Since making difficult decisions are a part of pretty much every career, you should focus in a situation in which it was difficult for you to make a decision, but that you acted in a positive manner, and reached success.

69- Did you ever fail to meet a deadline? What did you do?

Answer: You should refer to a situation in which you missed a deadline because of situations that were beyond your control, and show the interviewer how you came through, but also take responsibility for what happened.

70- How are you in making reports and presentations?

Answer: You can have a written project that you later on had to present to show them. This will help them get a notion of how well you can deal with those situations.

71- Did you ever have a difficult relationship with a coworker? Why was it difficult?

Answer: You should be careful with this question on why you are choosing this person. Try to not do it based on personality traits, but mostly base it on the person’s actions, and then give a couple of examples of situations you manage to achieve success working with this person.

72- How do you deal with a difficult relationship with a coworker?

Answer:  In speaking about the difficult situations, show the interviewer your behavior that made the work relationship easier with that person.

73- Do you do any volunteer work?

Answer: The company may be interested in knowing how you behave in your community. This will show your ability to empathize, and care for others. So if you have done volunteer work, it may be a good idea to share.

74- Did you ever need to follow decisions that you didn’t agree with in your job? How was that for you?

Answer: In this question they may want to know if you are able to set apart your beliefs, and how the company works. It is also possible that they are interested in learning if you would stand up for your beliefs. In any case, you may want to share a situation in which you were able to make you disagreement heard, even though the company had its own set of beliefs.

75- How multitasking feels for you?

Answer: This question is made to assess how you would deal with the pressure of having too much to do, and how would you plan yourself, and prioritize. In this context, you may want to share a situation in which you were able to maintain calm, and decided what needed to be done first.

76- What is your biggest professional disappointment?

Answer: Through this question the interviewer wants to know not only what is your biggest disappointment, but they also may want to know how you dealt with it, and how resilient you are to dealing with frustration. Telling them a story in which you were able to deal with the disappointment in a constructive manner is the suggestion.

77- How do you feel when you need to speak in public?

Answer: During this question the interviewer would want to know if you get nervous, and how you prepare. It may be important to have a story in which you had to speak publicly, even if it was for a short audience, and tell them how well you did in that moment.

78- Who do you consider your mentor?

Answer: It can be that you have a formal mentor, so in that situation you should talk about who they are, and how is that relationship. If you don’t have a formal mentor, you should focus on talking about a person that has taken this role in your professional life.

79- How do you feel when someone says no to you?

Answer: Tell the interviewer how it is to experience no in the professional situation. Show them that you are able to deal with frustration, and how that won’t affect your productivity. It is good to have an example to back up what you are saying.

80- Tell me one thing you would not want me to know.

Answer: You should be careful with this question. Although the interviewer will want to know things you would want to hide from them, don’t go spelling out the worst of you. Think of a trait, or difficult situation you went through, but also show them how you deal with it in a positive way.

81- What is the last book you read?

Answer: Make sure to tell them a book that is related to your field of work as a way to show you are interested in developing in your field.

82- What do you like to do for fun?

Answer: In this question the interviewer may want to know more about your personal interests. But don’t expose yourself too much, and try to relate what you do for fun with aspects of your career path.

83- What would you do if you won the lottery?

Answer: The interviewer may want to know the relationship you have with your job. In that, it is important that you show them that your job goes beyond the money for you.

84- Give some ideas that you think you could implement in this company.

Answer: This question is a way of knowing if you studied about the company you are willing to join, but also to verify if you have any innovative ideas for it. Make sure to not come off as arrogant, and make a suggestion that would make the company better.

85- How would you make yourself someone reliable to your team?

Answer: Understanding the way you would work with your team, be it a managing position or not, is important so they know how you fit in the group. Give examples of how you have previously made yourself reliable.

86- If I asked your former employer what they think you needed to work on, what would it be?

Answer: In this answer you should be honest in telling the interviewer the things you never to develop professionally, but also make sure of focusing on matters that you are already dealing with, and let them know how you have been doing that.

87- If you had the salary you are asking for, and asked you to write what your job entailed, what would it be like?

Answer: In this question they are asking to learn what would be the ideal job routine for you, what are the activities you feel most comfortable doing. It is important to focus on the positive instead of the things you wouldn’t enjoy doing.

88- How did you deal with doing something wrong in your job?

Answer: You should share an experience you have done something wrong in your previous job, and how you manage to deal with this situation, and come out of it stronger.

89- If you discovered your company was doing something illegal what would you do?

Answer: Make sure to show that you have values, but that you are also willing to discuss with the company the necessity of each action.

90- How would you deal with having to do a lot of tasks, and having them ready by the end of the day, but it would be impossible to finish all of them?

Answer: In this question they are once again asking how you would prioritize, and how would you deal with the pressure, and the high expectation people would have on you. Be sure to share a story in which you managed to prioritize, and finish the job in the best manner.

91- Did you ever have to do something that was too difficult? How did you handle it?

Answer: Share a story of a difficult activity you had to do in your job, and show them how successful you were by the end of it.

92- Do you prefer to work alone or as a part of a team?

Answer: Showing that you are flexible, but also stating your preferences is key here.

93- Why should we hire you?

Answer: This is the question for you to sell yourself on all the good you can do in the company.

94- What did you like the least about your previous job or the job you are in now?

Answer: Make sure, in this question, to not bash your company. Talk about the ideas you think could make the company better, and your desire to develop more of your knowledge.

95- What do you like the most about your previous job or the job you are in now?

Answer: This is a question to show what you value in your job. Tell them the positive things you like, so they know what type of environment you are looking for.

96- Explain to me the responsibilities you had at your previous job.

Answer: In the same way this question focuses on understanding the responsibilities you are willing to undertake at the new job. Make sure to use positive examples of it.

97-Was your work performance ever criticized? What was said about it?

Answer: In the same way as your boss telling you what you need to improve, in this question you may want to share what you have done wrongly, but also what you did to fix the situation.

98- How does it feel for you to have difficult feedback?

Answer: In this they may want to learn how you deal with frustration. You may want to share a story that show that you took this bad feedback as an opportunity to grow.

99- How do you handle giving someone negative feedback?

Answer: It is also important to know, especially if it is a high level position, how would you talk to people when you need to give them negative feedback. If you have an experience in which you were kind, and considerate in that situation, you may want to share it.

100- Do you have any questions for me?

Answered: In this last question they may want to know if you have studied about the company, and if there is anything else they can answer you about. Make sure to ask reasonable questions, otherwise just say no.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ): What are the most common 100 interviews and their answers? 

Am I always going to be nervous during an interview? 

It is possible that interviews will always make you nervous. But as you understand your potential, it can get easier.

When should I look for a new job? 

You should look for a new job whenever you feel that you need to learn more about your field, and your job is no longer giving you that opportunity.

Should I quit my job if I don’t like it?

First you should consider if there is any chance of making your job more desirable to you, and only if you realize that there isn’t and you see yourself in a safe financial situation you should do it.

Conclusion 

This article showed the 100 most common interview questions, and what you should answer.

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References

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