Job Interview Questions and Answers

How to Answer the Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

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Do you have a job interview coming up? Are you prepared? The best way to get ready for an interview is to take the time to review the most common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Knowing what you're going to say can eliminate a lot of interview stress.

You don't need to memorize an answer, but do take the time to consider how you'll respond. The more you prepare, the more confident you'll feel during a job interview.

 When you're not sure what to expect during an interview, also review this refresher on how job interviews work.

Job Interview Questions and Best Answers

Review examples of the best answers for the most frequently asked interview questions in several different categories, and advice on how to answer. You don't need to memorize your responses, but do have an idea of how you'll answer the interview questions you can expect to be asked.

Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions

These are top 10 most commonly asked interview questions, with examples of the best answers. Also review job-specific interview questions for many different positions to get ideas for framing your own interview responses.

Interview Questions About You

Interviewers will ask questions about you to gain insight into your personality, and to determine whether you're a fit for both the job and the company.

These are open-ended questions which will give you the opportunity to show the employer that you're well qualified for the position.

    Questions About Leaving Your Job

    Employers almost always ask about why you left, or are leaving, your job. Be prepared with an explanation for why you're moving on. Do make sure the reasons you give match what past employers will say about you if they are contacted for a reference.

    Interview Questions About Salary

    Some of the hardest questions to answer during a job interview are about compensation. Here's what you will be asked and examples of the best answers. Questions about salary can be tricky to answer, and, in some locations, employers aren't allowed to ask about your salary history.

    Questions About Qualifications

    The most important thing for interviewers to determine is whether you're qualified for the job. Here's what they will ask to find out. When responding, be specific. Share your skills that are a match for the job requirements, so you can show the interviewer you're well qualified.

    Questions About Job Performance

    How you performed in previous roles can indicate how you will perform in the job for which you're applying. Be prepared to answer questions about what you did well - and what you didn't. As with questions about qualifications, be sure to relate your performance to the employer's requirements. Be careful how you to respond to negative questions. You can frame your responses in a positive manner, even when discussing a challenging situation.

    Interview Questions About Your Work History

    Is your work history stable, has it prepared you for the job you're interviewing for, and do you have any gaps in your employment history that the company should be concerned about? If not, prepare to answer questions about what you were doing when you weren't in the workforce. Also be ready to discuss your accomplishments and the career path you've taken, to date. Here's what you'll be asked about.

    Questions About Management and Teamwork

    Are you a team player? Do you work well with others? Do you prefer to work in a solitary environment or as part of a team? Your work style, and how you get along with others, including co-workers, managers, and customers or clients is important to all employers. Here are some of the questions employers ask about getting along at work.

    Questions About Why You Should Be Hired

    Why should you be hired over the other applicants? What makes you best candidate for the job? Here's when you'll have the opportunity to make the case for getting a job offer, and the chance to sell yourself to the interviewer.

    Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company

    What do you know about the company, why do you want the job, and what would you do if you were to be hired, are just some of the questions you'll be asked about the position and employer. Take the time to research the employer prior to the interview, so that you can ask informed questions about the job and company.

    Interview Questions About the Future

    Are you going to stick around if you're hired is something most employers want to know. All these questions will gauge your interest in making a commitment.

    The Final Question

    The last question you'll most likely be asked is whether you have any questions. Here's how to respond.

    More About Job Interviews

    Behavioral Interview Questions
    In addition to being ready to answer these standard questions, prepare for behavior-based interview questions. This is based on the premise that a candidate's past performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.

    Interview Questions Employers Should Not Ask
    There are some interview questions, typically known as illegal interview questions, that employers should not ask during a job interview. Here are questions that shouldn't be asked during a job interview and how to best respond.

    Phone Job Interview Questions
    Have a phone interview on the agenda? Here are common questions asked during a telephone interview, plus tips on how best to answer so you can move to the next stage of the interview process.

    Interview Questions to Ask
    The last job interview question you may be asked is "What can I answer for you?" Have an interview question or two of your own ready to ask. You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.

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