30 Common Interview Questions You Need to Ace

BSo many interview questions, so little time. While there are not “countless” interview questions, there are more than can (or should) be memorized for your big interview. While you can’t guess exactly what questions will be asked in any interview, there is no harm in being prepared.  I’ve prepared this list of questions based on interviews I’ve had (both as “interviewer” and “interviewee”), conversations I’ve had with hiring managers, recruiters and the hundreds of posts and emails on CareerAlley. I’ve tried to separate the questions into basic categories.  Here goes.

Compensation Questions:

  • What are your salary expectations?
  • 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?

“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?

“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 you manager gave you a review today, what would they say are skill 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?

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?

Where to find some answers to common interview questions:

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