September 24, 2021

Common and Popular Interview Questions and Answers

Common and Popular Interview Questions and Answers
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For you to get hired, you need to nail these common and popular interview questions interviews asks. From some common questions like ‘why do you want to work for our company?’ to bizarre and unnecessary ones like ‘if you were a car what brand would you be?’ your head needs to be in order before you can provide the best answers to their questions.

When you are fully prepared for an interview, you give a detailed, concise and relevant answers. Which is exactly what employers want to hear from you.

When we are talking about preparation, it means you should be more confident, you should not be scared of unknown questions, allow the questions to come first.

Common and Popular Interview Questions;

1. Can We Know You More?

Any employer will always want you to tell them more about yourself.

In an interview questions, knowing you more is one of the most popular and common question that the interviewers always asks, Its’ very tough one to answer because its’ normally comes first.

You should always be careful when answering the above questions because it will help them determine if you CV is up to date. When your interviewers wants to know you more, it grants them the opportunity to test your levels of confidence through your voice and body language.

How to answer

For you to answer the question above in a right manner, you need to relate your answers in terms of the skills and experience needed in the position. It is advisable to Start with a brief summary of your career history, you now explain how your career was developed over the years, laying emphasis on what you’ve learnt or achieved.

End your interview by asking your interviewer if there is any other thing they needs to know about you, by down this, you are satisfying your mind that they have exhausted their questions.

2. What do you know about the organization/business?

As usual, you can’t know everything about an employer or a company from the outside, but it’s important to know the basics.

Few stuffs your Employer and the interviewer will expect you to know about their;

Industry/business.

1. Goals.

2. Key challenges.

3. Major competitors.

4. Culture and values.

You employers will likes to see the keenness and seriousness in you that you want to work with them.

Before interview, you need to research facet of your job which is very crucial. Too often I have had candidates who have claimed significant levels of enthusiasm for a role yet have no significant knowledge of the business.

The question often leads into number 3. Why do you want to work for us?

How to answer

You answer by pointing the key to an excellent answer thorough research.

Note that when researching, it is very important make it clear you really want the company to employ you and don’t let them know that you have applied for so many jobs.

3. Why Do You Want Us To Employ You?

During an interview, the employer wants to know why you wants to work for the company and your motivations for the job.

They use this pattern to screens out plenty candidate who’ve only applied because of working sake.

How to answer

To answer this question above successfully, you need to focus on your employer’s needs, not your personal needs.

It also helps to show that you’re fit for the job.

You needs to Show that you know about the company by been specific about the job which you are interested in.

When they said you are overqualified, tell them about the challenges you may find in the role. When they said you’re underqualified, make it known to them that you’re a fast learner and that growing and learning motivates you.

How not to answer

When answering, don’t bring up salary, benefits or relatively minor incentives.

You need to avoid sounding desperate for the job, but be clear that you really needs the job.

4. What can you bring to the company?

What the employer wants to know about what you can bring to the company.

The employer wants to compare your skills with those required for the role, don’t be offended with this, just know that it a way of asking you why they should offer you the job.

How to answer

Days to any interview, make sure you study the job and figure out the employer’s most valuable.

You will make your answers very strong by demonstrating experience with something they’re looking for.

There are few things to know before the interview;

How you work.

Your passion for the industry.

Your motivation to deliver results.

Ways you can bring new ideas to the business.

Don’t worry if you can’t fill every checkbox.

How not to answer

Candidates should not make the mistake of using their mistake of not using example to back up their answer.

This question is also phrased as…

Why do you think you’re suitable for this role?

Why should we hire you?

What would you bring to the team?

5. What are your weaknesses?

Why your employer wants to know about your weakness.

Most of the employers and an interviewers will ask this to see if you’re conscious of your weaknesses, and they will also like to know if you have any strategies in place to tackle them.

“We’ve all got weaknesses. It’s recognising them that’s important.

Preparing for this question can be tough. Think carefully about a suitable weakness, and come up with a realistic and achievable approach for overcoming it.

One of the key reasons why employers asks this question is to know how you perform under pressure.

How to answer

It can be difficult to think of a weakness.

For you to control this, you need to ask your close and trusted friends and family what traits they think you need to work on. Even better, someone at your current job who you trust completely. They’re more likely to give relevant feedback. One of the major risk is that your employer might find out you’re looking for another job.

Don’t mention any faults that would directly impair your ability to do the job.

Describe your weakness.

Explain how you’re working to overcome it.

Here are some things you could say:

To counter this, each day I created a prioritized to-do list.”

“I used to spend too much time on tasks that weren’t the highest priority

 “I used to get nervous giving presentations, so I enrolled on a course to improve my public speaking.”

How not to answer

The interviewer will see through your answer, and it’ll come across as a bluff.

“Cunning answers are also not good during the interview because it could make you seem unprofessional,” he adds.

A classic, overused example is “I’m a perfectionist”. Interviewees are often advised to use it. Don’t. The advice is outdated.

This question is also phrased as…

What is your greatest weakness?

Tell me about your weaknesses?

What are your strengths and weaknesses?

Tell me about your main development areas?

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