Your Ultimate Guide to Nailing the Most Common Interview Questions

Your Ultimate Guide to Nailing the Most Common Interview QuestionsWalking into an interview room can give you all sorts of mixed emotions, and that’s totally normal. No one comes in for an interview with 100% confidence about being able to perfectly answer all the questions. But, wouldn’t it be a lot easier if you somehow have an idea about the kind of questions the interviewer is going to ask so that somehow, just somehow, not everything comes as a surprise?


The good news is that some questions are a constant in almost every single job interview! Read on and learn how to nail the most common interview questions.

Tell me about yourself
Describing yourself to an interviewer may seem like a very simple and easy task but it could make or break your chances of landing the job if you come unprepared. When asked to tell something about yourself, there’s no need to give out a long list of your work experience and relevant background. Instead, give a concise and compelling description of why you’re the perfect fit for the job.

How did you learn about the hiring?
This one is another seemingly easy but tricky question because it’s a measure of how passionate you are about working for the company. It’s also a good way to show your connection with the business.

For example, you’ve learned about the position when you attended an industry event. You can mention that. Or if a friend or professional contact mentioned to you about it, go ahead and mention their name, too.

Why do you want to land this job?
Because hiring managers are looking for employees who are passionate about the job, you have to make sure you’re ready to answer why you’re a perfect fit for the job. Identify relevant key factors that makes the job an excellent fit for you. Does the position align with what you love to do? The things you’re passionate about? The ones that interest you?

Why do you want to work for this company?
A common mistake people make when answering this question is that they’d usually give out general answers. Avoid saying stuff that are applicable to a whole slew of other companies out there. Take time to do research and find something unique about the company that caught your attention. Focus on what the company can contribute to your personal and professional growth.

Why should we hire you?
This question could be quite intimidating but this is your chance to convince the hiring manager why you’re perfect for the post. Sell yourself with confidence (but not with arrogance) by highlighting the skills, knowledge and work experience that are relevant for the position. You should be able to mention something unique about yourself, your strengths and qualities that can make you stand out from the rest of the candidates. Tell them why you’re not only fit for the role but also for the culture of the company.

While there’s no way you can predict what questions are asked during the interview, you can at least prepare for the most commonly asked ones. This way, you can walk into your interview with confidence and increase your chances of landing that job!

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.