25 Job Interview Questions & Answer you must Know to get a Job
Tell Me About Yourself.
My name is Kenneth Obunadike, I have completed my Bachelors in Engineering with specialization in Information Technology, Overall I have 5 years of experience as a Software Tester, conducted Manual Testing, as well as Automated Testing using UFT, and Selenium, and I have little bit experience in Mobile Testing also.
This answer is enough to introduce yourself, anyhow they get your information from your resume
What is your strength?
Asking about you is a way to break the ice at an interview and make you feel more comfortable. It’s also a way for the interviewer to determine if you’re a good fit for the job. Before you go on an interview, consider what you want to say when you’re describing yourself to potential employers.
Creating an elevator speech, which is a quick synopsis of your background, is a good way to prepare a response.
What did you like or dislike about your previous job?
What you liked – and what you didn’t like – about your last job or the company you worked for is an indicator of how you might feel about this position if you were to be hired.
Be careful what you say when you’re interviewing for a role similar to your last one. It’s important to be positive and enthusiastic about the job for which you’re being considered.
What were your starting and final levels of compensation?
Hiring Managers will want to learn how much you earned to see if you’re a competitive candidate for the company from a salary perspective.
Be honest when discussing how much you were paid because employers can ask about salary when checking your background.
What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them?
With this question, the interviewer is trying to understand how you handle issues and problems.
Can you figure out solutions and workarounds when there is a problem?
How adept are you at problem-solving?
Do you enjoy a challenge, or do you get nervous when there’s a glitch?
What is your greatest strength?
When answering questions about your strengths, focus on the abilities you have that are key to success in the job for which you’re interviewing.
Don’t be too humble.
It’s important to make the hiring manager aware of your qualifications.
What is your greatest weakness?
There are different ways to tackle questions about weaknesses.
One is to turn a negative into a positive by sharing an example of how something you considered a weakness actually helped you on the job.
The other is to speak about additional skills you now have because you worked on those that needed an upgrade.
How do you handle stress and pressure?
What you do when work gets stressful?
Do you stay calm under pressure?
Or do you have a difficult time in stressful situations?
If you’re interviewing for a high-pressure position, the interviewer will want to know that you can deal with the stress.
Describe a difficult work situation or project and how you overcame it.
When you’re responding to questions about what you did on the job, be prepared to share an actual example of a challenging situation at work, what the issue was, and how you helped resolve it.
What was the biggest accomplishment (failure) in this position?
What are you proudest of?
Was there a time something didn’t work out, but you were able to learn from it.
Let the hiring manager know what you achieved, again sharing examples from your most recent job.
How do you evaluate success?
Your answer to this question will give the interviewer a sense of your work ethic, your career goals, and your life goals.
Tailor your response to fit what you expect to achieve if you were to be hired by this employer.
Why are you leaving or have left your job?
There are many different reasons for leaving a job. You could be moving on because you want more opportunities for growth, you may be looking for a salary increase, perhaps you’re relocating, or you have another reason you’re leaving your job.
Be consistent in your answer when meeting with representatives of a prospective employer, because they may compare notes.
Why do you want this job?
Why did you apply for this position?
What do you find most interesting about the job and the organization?
With this question, the employer wants to know why you think this job is a match for your career objectives.
Why should we hire you?
The best way to answer this question is to discuss what you can do for the company.
What do you bring to the table?
What will you achieve if you were to be hired?
This is an opportunity to sell yourself to the hiring manager.
What are your goals for the future?
When you respond to questions about your future goals, it’s a good idea to mesh your objectives with what the company might offer as a career path.
At the least, make sure your goals involve staying with this company for more than a short-term basis.
What are your salary requirements?
Questions about salary can be tricky, especially if you don’t know what the job pays.
One approach to answering this question is to say you’re flexible, based upon the entire compensation package including benefits.
Who was your best boss and who was the worst?
This question is designed to discover what type of leadership and management style works best for you. Be careful answering, and don’t be too negative.
Even if you had a terrible boss, how you speak about them can leave the interviewer wondering how you will speak about other supervisors if you didn’t get along with them.
What are you passionate about?
What’s most important to you?
The answers to this question don’t have to be all about work.
The company is looking to determine if you’re a well-rounded person, and what you enjoy doing outside of work can give them insight into the type of employee you’d be if you were hired.
Questions about your supervisors and co-workers.
Did you get along with your manager? Have you worked with difficult colleagues? How you interact with supervisors and co-workers will provide the interviewer with insight into your interpersonal and communication skills.
What do you love doing?
This is to find out if the hobbies have any close relationship with the job description and how it would affect the performance on the job role and how it relates the organization you’re applying to
Do you have any questions for me?
The last question at a job interview is usually one about what you want to know about the job and the company.
Be ready with a list of questions to ask.
You may seem disinterested if there isn’t anything you want to learn more about.
Tell me about your experience at Company X.
In other words, how does your past experience relate to the job the hiring manager is looking to fill? When answering this question, you want to convince the hiring manager that you can hit the ground running and bring value to the team by providing specific examples that resulted in successful outcomes. It’s also helpful to identify how your current and prospective employers differ.
This will help you determine which skills to emphasize.
Answer: Despite working for a company that prefers organic growth, I have worked through the nuances that evolve when two organizations with distinct cultural norms are brought together. For example, recently, new leadership from Company Y brought new ways of evaluating projects.
I set out to understand their ways of doing things by building a rapport with key leaders and sharing with them the institutional knowledge I acquired during a successful eight-year career in the firm. An example of when my knowledge was beneficial is…etc.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment to date?
This is your opportunity to provide an example that shows you can do the job. Think about the skills detailed in the job description and which of your accomplishments most directly relate.
The goal is to convey to the hiring manager not only your past successes but also what you are capable of accomplishing if offered the job.
Answer: My greatest accomplishment was when I grew the company X business on my agency’s behalf by 25% in one year. Most clients were cutting back on producing events as a way to warm leads for their sales force. With my creative team, I came up with a way to offer the same high-touch experience via webinars. Each webinar was accessible 24 hours a day and led by Company X thought leaders.
In the end, I reduced event production costs by 40% and with those savings, IBM invested in more webinars worldwide. I won my agency’s award and was soon promoted.
How would people you have worked with describe you?
This question centres on how well you work with others and your ability to manage relationships with your peers, managers and direct reports.
Give examples of situations that illustrate how you work with people across various functions.
Answer: Truthfully, as the hiring manager will reach out to your references at a later point to ensure your perception of yourself is in line with theirs.
Answer: My managers would describe me as someone who would rather tirelessly overcome obstacles on my own than continuously seek managerial guidance. I make my managers’ lives easier in this way. For example, when I first started working at firm C, I was asked to figure out ways to cut costs.
Instead of relying on my manager, who had other projects to oversee, I decided to better understand the transportation logistics behind the wood chips that my employer needed in each facility.
After seeing what worked best and what could be improved, I took this information to my manager, who was grateful for the initiative I took.
What is your greatest weakness?
Often dreaded by job candidates, the key to answering this question is to be honest yet strategic. On my site, I go into more detail on new and effective ways to answer this question truthfully without taking yourself out of the running. You also need to address the unspoken follow up, which is what you are doing to overcome your weakness. Ultimately, you want to show the hiring manager that you are self-aware, thoughtful and proactive about your strengths and weaknesses.
Answer: My greatest weakness is my low patience when a team member withholds important information to the detriment of his or her peers or the assignment’s success. I have always tried to maximize knowledge-sharing by bringing team members together prior to launching any assignment to ensure everyone is on the same page.
Yet, there have been times when people have withheld information even after these efforts. In those instances, I have learned to speak privately with those team members to understand why the information was withheld.
Why are you the best person for this position?
In asking this question, the hiring manager is looking for you to succinctly convey what sets you apart from the other candidates. Think of your most impressive and unique strengths that closely relate to the job description and use those to pitch yourself in a way that clearly illustrates the skill set and qualities you bring to the table.
Answer: My analytical horsepower sets me apart from other candidates. For example, I imagine all of your candidates can create robust Excel-based financial models. However, I can also see and articulate the business story behind the numbers to influence decision-making.
During a major food-chain deal, I conducted the due diligence necessary to come up with the right multiple that my superiors should consider based not only on raw data but also on what was the best way to position the assets we were selling.
My strategy resulted in a more profitable deal.
All the best in getting your desired Job