5 Common Interview Questions
Preparing for an interview can be a daunting experience, especially if it’s your first time and because you’re not sure which questions they will ask. Every employer is different and the questions they feel are relevant might not be standard. But mostly they will ask common interview questions like the ones listed below.
Firstly, don’t bring your personal life into the interview. Any answers you give should be related to the job at hand, not something that happens at home. For example, if they ask you about difficult experiences you went through, don’t tell them that you had to decide to have a pet put down or that you’re having health or family issues. They’re not interested in that – they’re interested if you can do the job or not.
Tell us about your work experience?
This is a difficult one to answer when you don’t have any previous work experience. They might ask what your greatest achievement in your previous position was, or how you handled conflict in a work situation. Don’t be afraid to remind them that you don’t have specific work experience, and describe a similar situation in your personal life. Just take care not to make it too personal.
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
Focus on traits that are relevant to the job. There is no use telling them that you are an excellent cook, unless, of course, you are applying for a job as a cook. When talking about your weaknesses, be truthful while explaining how you have (or are working to) overcome it.
How would someone that doesn’t like you describe you?
This is a twist on the standard version of describing your strengths and weaknesses. This question aims to expose whether you are aware of why you might not be a nice person. Treat it the same as the “weaknesses” answer.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Never say that you would like to start your own business even if it is true. They want someone they feel will benefit the business in the long run. Explain that you would like to stay with the same company and be promoted to a higher position, provided that they treat you fairly and give you enough room to grow.
How many golf balls can you fit into a limousine?
Interviewers would sometimes ask you a strange riddle question like the one above. They don’t usually care about the actual answer, they just want to see your problem-solving skills in action. Go on, give it your best shot!