#sample interview questions and answers
Sample Interview Questions With Answers
Sample interview questions of the common type are listed below. Answers are included. But perhaps suggestions for tailoring your responses is a better way to put it, since specific answers are impossible to provide. Practice answering these sample interview questions out loud to yourself or ask a friend or relative to help you.
Don’t feel that you have to answer right away. Interviewers know that you’re nervous and expect you to think a bit, so do think carefully before you answer. But don’t hesitate too long or it’ll appear that you’re stalling. Interviewers will ask open-ended questions to see where you’ll go with them, so try not to ramble while you’re thinking of a real answer.
Tell me about yourself.
This is the dreaded, classic, open-ended interview question and likely to be among the first. It’s your chance to introduce your qualifications, good work habits, etc. Keep it mostly work and career related.
Why do you want to leave your current job? (Why did you leave your last job?)
Be careful with this. Avoid trashing other employers and making statements like, I need more money. Instead, make generic statements such as, It’s a career move.
Point out your positive attributes related to the job.
What are your weaknesses?
Everybody has weaknesses, but don’t spend too much time on this one and keep it work related. Along with a minor weakness or two, try to point out a couple of weaknesses that the interviewer might see as strengths, such as sometimes being a little too meticulous about the quality of your work. (Avoid saying I work too hard. It’s a predictable, common answer.) For every weakness, offer a strength that compensates for it.
Answer with positive, work-oriented adjectives, such as conscientious, hard-working, honest and courteous, plus a brief description or example of why each fits you well.
To answer this one, research the company before you interview.
Why do you want to work for us?
Same as above. Research the company before you interview. Avoid the predictable, such as, Because it’s a great company. Say why you think it’s a great company.