There are a multitude of questions you might be asked during an interview. While it is impossible to predict with 100% accuracy what might be thrown your way, you can do your best to prepare for every possible scenario that might occur.
The Most Asked Interview Question
Before we dive in, let's get this one out of the way. Without a doubt, the most asked interview question in existence is "Tell me about yourself."
Here's how you can answer it:
This will most likely be the first question you're asked in any job interview, so it's absolutely imperative you have your response ready to go.
Interview Questions Measuring Personality
Unlike the classic "Tell me about yourself," questions measuring personality are a lot more uncommon, subtle, and complex. These are generally questions the employer has tailored to measure your personality and how it would translate to the responsibilities of their open position.
Here are some examples:
These questions can be tricky because it's not often clear what kind of answer the employer wants to hear. A person hiring someone for an accounting position may consider someone with an introverted personality a better fit for the job than someone who parties it up every Saturday, and vice versa.
Interview Questions You're Not Expecting
It's less likely that you'll be asked any of these interview questions, but as you can never be sure of anything in the interview game. It's always a good idea to prepare:
Remember, these questions exist, which means they were all asked at one point or another. Don't be the interviewee that gets caught like a deer in headlights when faced with a "gotcha" question.
Here are some additional questions that you might not be expecting:
- “How would you fire someone?”
- "What's your idea of the perfect day?"
- "You’re driving down a dark road, during a wild storm. You drive past a bench...."
The "Biggest Challenge" Interview Question
If the interviewer does ask you a question like, “What’s the most difficult part of being a [current job title]?” or “What was the toughest part of your last job?” here are ways you can frame your struggles to make yourself look awesome:
Questions Relating to Salary
The job application process has a number of separate stages: applying, interviewing, job offer, then salary negotiation and acceptance. Most employers stick to this, and let the money talk wait until things are further along. But if they jump the gun and ask you up front for a) your current salary or b) desired salary, what do you do?
Illegal Interview Questions
Out of ignorance or slyness, an interviewer might try to get information out of you that the company is not allowed to factor into their hiring decisions. However, you’re not obligated to answer them—and in fact you shouldn’t. Your battle plan should be to figure out why they’re asking (whether it has direct consequences for the job itself), and to decide whether you should answer.
The Hardest Types of Questions
- Tough Interview Questions That Are Very Common
- The Hardest Interview Questions of 2016
- The 10 Toughest Interview Questions
Here are some additional questions that did not fall into any particular category, but are very important to prep for:
- "Can I contact your current employer?"
- "Why have you had so many jobs?"
- "Aren't you overqualified for this position?"
- "Why Should I Hire You?"
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