What are the 7 Most Common Interview Questions?

.Before you walk into any job interview, it’s always best to be prepared for whatever questions your interviewer may ask. It’s astounding, but many potential hires enter their interviews with a very limited amount of preparation, relying solely on charm and wit. This ultimately leads to a potentially strong candidate having a poor interview, and missing out on the job because of it.

So to prevent you from making the same mistakes, we’ve listed the most common questions asked during an interview.

Why do you want to work at our business?

For potential employers to give your application serious consideration, they need to know that you’re not just flooding the market with applications. The interviewer may ask you a variation on this question, and your answer should show your knowledge of the company. 

It’s best to do some research into the company before you apply, so you can send a targeted cover letter with your application. Once you’ve got through to the interview stage, you should have some more in-depth research into your potential employer. This includes the way they operate (solo or team-based), the industry they’re in, and the objectives of the business. 

Being able to accurately talk about why you think you’d be a good fit in their workforce is a brilliant way to make yourself a real contender for the job; especially since it lets the interviewer visualise you as part of their team. 

What prompted you to leave your job?

The most important rule for you to remember is to never speak poorly about your previous job. Regardless of how bad it may have been, speaking negatively about them only succeeds at making you seem bitter and can ruin your chances at a new job. 

Instead, try to frame your experience in a neutral light. Saying something like “After several years, I realised I would be better suited to a job role with greater opportunities for career progression”, would be far more beneficial than saying “my old boss never wanted to promote me”. 

Always try to consider what this new job could offer you that your old one can’t. Whether it’s greater job stability, better fringe bonuses, or something else. Be honest about what you want, and this should help you achieve your goals. 

What is a weakness of yours?

This is an incredibly common question to face in an interview. What the interviewer asks this question, what they don’t want to hear is a fake answer. This means you should avoid saying things like “I’m too hard-working” or “I’m too dedicated to doing my job”. You’ll also want to steer away from commenting on any personal traits.

Instead, try to come up with an answer that shows you are able to recognise and work on your professional weaknesses. Responding with something like “I feel like my time management could be improved, which is why I’ve begun enforcing shorter time constraints on my work.” 

Don’t be surprised to hear follow up questions asking you to go into more detail. Plus, if an interviewer is interested in your answers, that’s a positive sign. 

How do You Prioritise Work?

If an employer asks you about this, it means they’re interested in how you organise yourself. You’ll want to use examples of when you have had to deal with multiple tasks simultaneously. Explain how you ordered them and managed to deliver them all on time.

It doesn’t necessarily matter where your examples come from, whether it’s a previous job, university, or an activity/hobby that you do in your spare time. 

What are three positive things about you?

This can be phrased in different ways, whether asking you to be positive about yourself, or what a previous employer has said about you. This is the best opportunity you’ll get to ‘sell’ yourself, so you should definitely have this prepared ahead of time. 

The ideal things to say will vary depending on the job you’re going for. For example, a team-based role would call for a “people person”, whereas a project manager would need to be “highly organised”. Consider the role you’re going for. Think about which skills would be needed for success, and then consider which you possess (and how you can prove them). 

What Salary Are You Expecting?

Before you even walk into your interview, you should know what the average pay range is for the position you’re going for, as well as the lowest amount you will accept. Once you’ve got this figure in your mind, stick to it. 

Don’t be afraid to ask how much they’d be willing to pay for someone with your experience. Their answer can help you judge how they would value you as an employee. Also it will provide you with more room to negotiate when the time comes.

Do You Have Any Questions?

This will be asked at the end of almost every interview. This is your chance to ask questions about the company, and decide if it’s a place you want to work. Failing to ask any questions at the end of an interview can construe that you don’t care about the job. Alternatively, being inquisitive about the company also shows the interviewer that you’re genuinely interested in working there. 

Asking about the potential for progression is also a good question. This will show the interviewer that you’re intending to stay at the company for several years at least. 

And that’s our list of the most common interview questions. It’s important to remember that just because these are common questions, doesn’t mean they are guaranteed to be asked. Making sure you’ve read up on the company and are adequately prepared can help you massively.