Top 50 Popular Job Interview Questions

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There are many steps you can take to make sure your interview goes smoothly. One of the easiest ways to get ready for your next job interview is to familiarize yourself with the popular questions that are frequently asked in interviews and to practice your answers.

You can start by reviewing the top 50 popular interview questions asked by employers, as well as the sample answers for each question on the list. Click through to the Best Answers links to get tips on what information you should include in your response - as well as what details to leave out. You can expect to hear at least one - and likely more - of these questions during your next job interview.

Top 50 Interview Questions With Answers

  1. Are you the best person for this job? Why? - Best Answers
  2. Are you overqualified for this job? - Best Answers
  3. Describe a difficult experience at work and how you handled it. - Best Answers
  4. Describe yourself. - Best Answers
  5. Describe your best boss and your worst boss. - Best Answers
  6. Describe your career goals. - Best Answers
  7. Describe your work style. - Best Answers
  8. Do you prefer to work alone or on a team? - Best Answers
  9. Do you take work home with you? - Best Answers
  10. Give some examples of teamwork. - Best Answers
  1. Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager? - Best Answers
  2. Have you gotten angry at work? What happened? - Best Answers
  3. How do you handle stress and pressure? - Best Answers
  4. How do you measure success? - Best Answers
  5. How long do you expect to work for this company? - Best Answers
  6. How much do you expect to get paid? - Best Answers
  7. How would you describe the pace at which you work? - Best Answers
  8. How would you describe yourself? - Best Answers
  9. How would you handle it if your boss was wrong? - Best Answers
  1. If the people who know you were asked why you should be hired, what would they say? Best Answers
  2. Is there a type of work environment you prefer? - Best Answers
  3. Tell me about yourself. - Best Answers
  4. Tell me why you want to work here. - Best Answers
  5. What are you looking for in your next position? - Best Answers
  6. What are you passionate about? - Best Answers
  7. What are your goals for the future? - Best Answers
  8. What are your salary requirements? - Best Answers
  9. What can you do for this company? - Best Answers
  10. What can you contribute to this company? - Best Answers
  1. What challenges are you looking for in your next job? - Best Answers
  2. What did you like or dislike about your previous job? - Best Answers
  3. What do you expect from a supervisor? - Best Answers
  4. What do you find are the most difficult decisions to make? - Best Answers
  5. What have you learned from your mistakes? - Best Answers
  6. What interests you about this job? - Best Answers
  7. What is your greatest strength? - Best Answers
  8. What is your greatest weakness? - Best Answers
  9. What major challenges have you handled? - Best Answers
  1. What problems have you encountered at work? - Best Answers
  2. What was your biggest accomplishment (failure) in this position? - Best Answers
  3. What was most (least) rewarding about your job? - Best Answers
  4. What relevant experience do you have? - Best Answers
  5. What will you do if you don't get a job offer? - Best Answers
  6. Why are you leaving your job? - Best Answers
  7. Why do you want this job? - Best Answers
  8. Why did you resign? - Best Answers
  9. Why did you quit your job? - Best Answers
  10. Why were you fired? - Best Answers
  1. Why should we hire you? - Best Answers
  2. What do you know about this company? - Best Answers

In Addition to Answering Interview Questions

An interview is more than just being asked questions by an interviewer and responding correctly. It’s your opportunity to make a great impression, and showcase what an asset you will be to the company. Make sure you dress for success and arrive prepared to get offered the job.

Be aware that there are questions you shouldn't be asked during a job interview as well, such as personal questions about age, race, family status, etc.

During an interview, the questions asked should all address only your ability to perform the job. You are not obliged to discuss or disclose anything else.

It’s important to have some questions to ask the interviewer prepared for when you are given the chance. Doing some research about the company and its policies and culture will ensure that your questions are relevant, and will show the hiring manager how interested you are in the position.

Be sure to follow up with a thank you note after your interview.

This gives you the opportunity to reiterate both your interest in the job and some of your most pertinent qualifications. By expressing your appreciation for the interviewer’s time and consideration in a timely manner (you should get an email out within 24 hours), you will reinforce the excellent impression you made during your interview.