5 Commonly Asked Interview Questions
do you have an interview coming up soon?
You have spent time perfecting your resume and picked out the perfect outfit, so now what? Whether you have just graduated from college or you have decided to advance your career within a different organization, interviews can be challenging. Regardless of your starting situation, it is essential to prepare before your interview. Preparing for your interview will make you feel more confident during the actual thing! One of the best ways to do that is through practicing with mock interview questions.
I have been through countless interviews at this point in my life, and I can say that most interviews are inherently similar. With the help of my personal experiences, I have compiled the five most common interview questions asked
1. "Tell me a Little About yourself..."
This is usually one of the first questions an interviewer will ask you, and it is somehow one of the most complicated. Resist the urge to state every detail of your life. Interviewers are not interested in random and inconsequential information. They want a short, basic introduction of who you are and why you matter to them. Take this opportunity to reintroduce yourself, discuss your education and work experience, and explain why you are interviewing for the position. You can always throw in one or two hobbies to show off your personality.
2. "Why are you interested in our program/comPany?"
This is a question where prior research comes in handy. This question is another way of saying,
“What do you know about our company and how does this align with what you are looking for?”
Before every interview, you should do your research on the company or program for which you are applying. What is their mission statement? What do they produce or serve? If you know the basics, then you will be better able to answer this question. Take what you know about the company and explain how it relates to you. Start by describing the initial situation that lead you to find this program or company. I would then move on to why I believed that the program or company fit what I was looking for initially.
3. "Discuss one time you have worked in a group setting?"
In most job settings, you will work with other people; it is inevitable. For this reason, many employers want to know if you have experience working in a group setting. For this answer, discuss a time where you worked in a group, and you successfully met your goals. You can address specific challenges you faced as well. Use this question to demonstrate your leadership and organizational skills! Be sure to give details that are relevant to the overall question.
4. "How would You handle a conflict with a coworker?"
When you are in a professional setting with other coworkers, it is easy to disagree with each other on the best route to reach the overall goals. Employers want to know that you would handle any conflict in an efficient and polite way. To answer this question, start by explaining the steps that you would take to defuse the situation. I would allude this story back to a personal narrative that is relevant in this situation. This shows interviewers that you are credible by validating your previously stated points.
5. "Do you have any questions for me?"
So you have made it to the end of the interview, but now the interviewer asks this. Do not make the mistake of not taking this opportunity, as many employers use this question to truly gauge your interest! Here are some example questions that are usually appropriate to ask:
What is your favorite part of working at this company or program?
What are some qualities you are looking for in an ideal candidate?
What do you think sets your company apart from other companies?
If you need more ideas for questions, check out this article from Glassdoor with their suggestions.
These are the 5 interview questions and Answers I feel are the most common.
With practice, you will have perfected your answer to these interview questions. If you know the basics, you will feel confident and prepared for your interview. So go ahead and start practicing!