#most frequently asked interview questions
The 10 Most Common Job Interview Questions
You’ll probably be asked a few of these questions, so practice your answers ahead of time.
The absolute best thing you can do to prepare for a job interview is to practice your answers to the questions you’re most likely to be asked.
Saying your answers out loud – over and over – or even writing them down, which might ingrain them more deeply in your brain, will significantly improve how well you perform when you’re sitting in that interview chair.
Here are the 10 questions you’re most likely to be asked in a job interview:
1. Tell me about yourself.
3. What do you know about our company so far?
4. Why did you leave your last job? (Or why are you thinking about leaving your current job?)
5. Tell me about your experience at [your last job].
6. What experience do you have managing [various responsibilities]?
7. Tell me about your strengths. (If asked the opposite, here’s how to describe your weaknesses in an interview .)
8. Tell me about a time when … (These will be situations relevant to the position. For instance: Tell me about when you had to take initiative … you had to deal with a difficult customer … you had to respond to a crisis … you had to give difficult feedback to an employee … You get the idea.)
9. What salary range are you looking for?
10. What questions do you have for me? (Here are the smartest interview questions you could ask.)
Still have more time to prepare? Bonus points if you practice answers to these additional five questions:
Remember, rehearse your answers out loud. Practice saying them over and over and over, until your answers fly off your tongue automatically.
The more you practice, the better you’ll get and the more comfortable you’ll feel. And most importantly, if you do this, you will see a significant improvement in your interview experience.
Alison Green writes the popular Ask a Manager blog where she dispenses advice on career, job search and management issues. She’s also the author of Managing to Change the World: The Nonprofit Leader’s Guide to Getting Results and former chief of staff of a successful nonprofit organization, where she oversaw day-to-day staff management, hiring, firing and employee development. She now teaches other managers how to manage for results.