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Applying for a job can be a stressful and frustrating experience, especially for someone who has never done it before. Considering that you are competing for the position with a at least a dozen other applicants, it is imperative that you thoroughly prepare for the job interview, in order to stand a good chance of getting hired.

Among the things that you need to plan and prepare for would be the questions that will most likely be asked during your interview. Preparation is the key to making a good first impression, particularly for first-time applicants. Consequently, lack of preparation could lead to nervousness and inability to answer questions satisfactorily.

I will help you do well during your job interview, which is why this section has been created to specifically guide you on how best to answer 31 very common interview questions.

Training Objectives

In this self-paced training guide, you should be able to:

  • Determine the right things to say when answering common job interview questions
  • Learn some helpful tips on how to communicate effectively during job interviews
  • Know what not to say during job interviews
  • Know what employers are looking for from their applicants
  • Understand the reason why employers ask certain questions during interviews

Target Audience

This guide is designed to help anybody who is planning to apply for a job in any company, big or small. With the advice, tips, and guidelines provided in this section, you can better prepare for the interview and feel more confident during the question and answer session with your interviewer.

About the Author

Chandra Vennapoosa, B.S Arch Graduate, Managing Director - Exforsys Inc, Founder of exforsys.com and geekinterview.com. Chandra's mission is "to provide quality career coaching and interview advice for aspiring candidates". She is an avid writer and is also very passionate to help others become professional freelancers. In addition to several online trainings, she has authored the popular book "How to Become a Successful Freelancer"

  1. Published On : 12 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    This question will gauge your ability to adapt to certain situations. Interviewers ask this question because they want to know how well you can manage problems and changes at work. A lot of people might...

  2. Published On : 13 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    This question is something that an interviewer would ask in order to know how well you establish goals. Having the ability to set goals and achieve them is something that most companies would look...

  3. Published On : 15 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Tell me about a skill you recently acquired or improved. How did you do it? Every employer that seeks for qualified individuals to fill in vacancies in their company has a list of qualifications for...

  4. Published On : 17 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Here is another example of a behavior-based type of question. But this time, the focus of assessment is on your personality. Interviewers use your personal character as one of the basis in gauging your...

  5. Published On : 17 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    What was the most important decision you ever had to make? How did you arrive at that decision? An important part of assessing your skills and personal character is to test your behavior towards trying...

  6. Published On : 20 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Have you tried going above and beyond your job description just to get the job done? Why did you do it? When you are being asked with this kind of open-ended question, the employer seeks to know how...

  7. Published On : 20 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Employers would like to find out the ability of a candidate to work in a team so during interviews, this common question is asked. While they prefer potential their employees to be self-supervised individuals,...

  8. Published On : 22 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Describe a time when you had to listen to someone. How did you show that person you were listening? When your interviewer asks you this question, you are obviously being assessed on your ability as a...

  9. Published On : 25 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Describe a time when you had to convince a friend or colleague about an idea that you have. This interview question is more commonly asked to job candidates for a supervisory or managerial position as...

  10. Published On : 28 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Have you experienced being given too many tasks? What did you do to meet your deadlines? When you are in a job interview, one of the questions that you are going to be asked will have something...

  11. Published On : 30 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    What is the biggest problem you ever had to face? How did you approach the problem? Questions such as the one given above are something that job applicants should anticipate during their interview....

  12. Published On : 30 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with someone. How did you handle it? There is always a reason why an interviewer would ask a particular question. It could be that the interviewer would...

  13. Published On : 01 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Tough questions are not always easy to answer, but if you plan ahead and structure your response to such questions, then for sure, you will be able to impress your interviewer. Because there are lots...

  14. Published On : 01 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Was there a time when you had to deal with a major challenge? How did you overcome it? Interview questions are targeted to help the interviewer know you better and find out if your skills and abilities...

  15. Published On : 03 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    The way you deal with other people tells so much about you. If you are actively searching for a job, you must consider enhancing your personality and getting yourself ready for the corporate world....

  16. Published On : 03 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    You might wonder why the interviewer would ask such a question during the interview. This type of question is not commonly asked during job interviews. One reason they would ask it is to know if you...

  17. Published On : 04 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Part of measuring your personality or individual character is testing your ability to establish and keep good relations with people. Aside from that, the employer also wants to check your interpersonal...

  18. Published On : 04 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Work can sometimes take its toll on an individual and only highly efficient people are able to take the challenge of beating the pressure. When employers search for potential job candidates, they highly...

  19. Published On : 06 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Have you been through a difficult situation? How does a problem make you a better person? In job interviews, your answers to the questions that interviewers or the employers ask are very crucial in...

  20. Published On : 07 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Individuals who make serious plans in their career even if they are just starting out are sought after by potential employers. These are the people who strive hard to achieve their goals so they do...

  21. Published On : 14 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Have you experienced a time when you felt you could not get your message across to your audience? What did you do to remedy the problem? In a job interview, potential employers would want to know the...

  22. Published On : 13 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Has there been a time when you were presented a problem and solved it effectively through the use of your good judgment? Explain This question may be rephrased or restructured in different job interviews...

  23. Published On : 22 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Your interviewer would like to know if you are open for continuous learning so this question is asked during the interview. Your approach toward self-improvement is being evaluated. Employers see professionals...

  24. Published On : 14 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Recruitment officers would, more often than not, ask a question about rapport building. They want to find out if a candidate has the necessary skills to converse with people and feel comfortable in their...

  25. Published On : 11 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    When an interviewer asks this open-ended question, you have to structure your answer carefully. Although it seems quite simple enough and you may be inclined to give out just any information about yourself...

  26. Published On : 02 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Job interview questions are normally meant to test the different skills and competencies of the applicant for the job position as well as to certify the correctness of information stipulated on the...

  27. Published On : 13 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Most employers do give good impressions to job applicants who take the initiative to study and conduct intelligent research on their company profile and background. If you will be asked this question...

  28. Published On : 15 Aug, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    Do you seek advice from others when you have a question? Will you evaluate their inputs before you consider their advice? A question such as this is asked by interviewers with a goal of determining an...

  29. Published On : 02 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    The set of questions you will probably get in a job interview may address both your personal and work experiences. In essence, your individual personality, work attitude, and skills are the main elements...

  30. Published On : 07 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    In any form of interview such as that of a job interview procedure, it is normal process for an interviewer to ask the applicant to ask questions, if there are any. Since an interview is a two-way...

  31. Published On : 06 Sep, 2011
      |  Author : Chandra Vennapoosa

    There are 12 applicants vying for this job. Give me good reasons why should I choose you over them. Most of the time, the interviewers want to gauge how an applicant views herself or himself at par...

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