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30 Common Interview Questions You Need to Ace

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So many interview questions, so little time. While there are not “countless” interview questions, there are more answers than can (or should) be memorized for your big interview. While you can’t guess exactly what questions will be asked in an interview, there is no harm in being prepared.  We’ve prepared this list of questions based on research, conversations we’ve had with hiring managers, recruiters, and the hundreds of posts and emails on CareerAlley. Happy interviewing.

What are your expectations?

It is not unusual for recruiters or hiring managers to ask this question.  After all, if your expectations are too high why waste everyone’s time.  On the other hand, you don’t want to sell yourself short by responding with a number that is too low. Do some research on the average compensation for both the role and your years of experience.

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You should try to put off the question if you can, especially in the early stages of the interview process. When delaying fails, you should answer with something like “Based on my research of similar roles and my years of experience, I would expect to receive (enter a salary range)“.

To help you prepare, consider reading up on compensation negotiation. Also, take a look at our article – Salary Negotiation – Do You Know How Much You’re Worth?

  • Would you consider taking less pay than in your last/current job?
  • How much was your raise last year?
  • How much do you think you should get paid?
  • What are your annual salary increase expectations?
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“Breaking the Ice” Questions:

  • How was your weekend?
  • What do you do in your spare time?
  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • What were our extra-curricular activities in college?
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” Questions:

  • What is your dream job?
  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
  • If you could work at any company, where would you really like to work?

“Give me an example” Requests:

  • Give me an example of how you solved a problem at work or school.
  • Tell me how you saved the company money.
  • Tell me about a failure at work and how you handled it.

Skills Questions:

  • If your manager gave you a review today, what would they say are your strongest skills?
  • If your manager gave you a review today, what would they say are skills that require improvement?
  • What do you expect from a manager?

“Why should I hire you?” Questions:

  • How did you prepare for this interview?
  • Why do you want to work at our company?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you think you are the right person for this job?

“Dangerous” Questions:

  • What bugs you about coworkers or bosses?
  • What would you change about your current company?
  • Why are you looking for a new job?
  • How does this position compare to other opportunities you are considering?
  • If you know your manager or coworker is 100% wrong about something how would you handle it?
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Explaining gaps on your resume Questions:

    • Why have you been out of work so long?
    • Have you ever been laid off?
    • What did you do during your gap in employment?
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