How to Answer 6 Most Common Interview Questions

If you’d already know what questions your hiring manager is going to shoot at you, you’d probably be the happiest person! Well, we can not exactly tell the entire interview frame but Eureka! We’ve got the 6 most commonly asked questions in ANY interview. Take a sneak peak!

  1. Tell us something about yourself?

This question seems simple and so many people neglect preparing for it. However, this is a very crucial to answer this in a right manner. Here’s the deal: Don’t give your huge employment (or personal) history. Instead, just give a pitch—one that’s concise and compelling and that shows exactly why you deserve this job. Begin with the 2-3 specific accomplishments or experiences that you most want the interviewer to know about, going further wrap up talking about how that prior experience has positioned you for this specific role.

  1. What do you know about the company?

Piling up the “About” page of the website is easy. So, when interviewers ask this, they don’t want to know what they already know, also, they aren’t really trying to gauge whether you understand the mission—they want to know whether you care about it. Start with one line that shows you understand the company’s goals, using a couple key words and phrases from the website, but personalize it more. Say, “I’m personally drawn to this mission because…” or “I really believe in this approach because…” and share a personal example or two. This gives a positive effect to the employer.

  1. Why should we hire you?

This question seems forward and intimidating! If you’re asked it, you’re lucky because there’s no better setup for you to sell yourself and your skills to the hiring manager. Your job here is to craft an answer that covers three things: you can not only do the work, you can deliver great results; you’ll really fit in with the team and culture; and then of course you’d be a better hire than any of the other candidates.

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years?

This is a question that is faced by most of the aspirants, here, you need to be honest and specific about your future goals, but consider this: A hiring manager wants to know a) if you’ve set realistic expectations for your career, don’t just build castles in the air, b) if you have a solid ambition and c) if the position matches with your goals and growth. Your best bet is to think realistically about where this position could take you and answer along those lines. Remember, It’s OK to say that you’re not quite sure what the future holds (of course you’re not a astrologer) , but that you see this experience playing an important role in helping you seek that decision.

  1. Why do you want to leave your current job?

This is a biggie or let’s say a toughie, but a very common one. Keep this positive—you have nothing to gain by giving negative remarks about your past employers. Instead, frame things in a way that shows that you’re eager to take on new opportunities and that the role you’re interviewing for is a better fit for you than your current or last position. For example, “I’d really love to be part of product development from beginning to end, and I know I’d have that opportunity here.” And if you were let go? Keep it simple: “Unfortunately, I was let go,” is a totally OK answer.

  1. Do you want to ask anything?

You should know that an interview isn’t just a chance for a company to grill you—it’s your opportunity to ensure whether a job is the right fit for you. What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team? ASK THEM!

Also, make sure you frame your simple questions intellectually. Such as, “What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?” “How do you implement your objectives?”


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