There are several steps that you can take to ensure that your interview runs smoothly. One of the easiest ways to prepare for your next job interview is to familiarize yourself with the popular questions that are often asked in interviews and practice your answers. Here are the 50 most common-asked questions that are asked in interviews. 

1) Tell a little about yourself.

This is a popular interview question


  • Try to cover your achievement in your answer
  • Talk about work or project that resembles the need of the situation
  • Mention that you reached this stage in your career and why the job is the right match for you
  • Do not listen to anything personal
  • End your answer by saying what you want and why.
  • Use selective vocabulary in your answer to problem-solving, new, fast-paced, creative and so on.
  • What not to say
  • Do not say the same thing that is already mentioned in your resume
  • Don’t counter your interviewer by saying – “What do you want to know?”

2) Why do you want to work for this company?

This is a popular interview question

Sample Answer 1:

I am happy to see on your website that your special employees are talking about working for your company. These days so many people start hating where they work for one reason or another. It is wonderful to see your employees take pride in how much they love their jobs.


•    Conduct in-depth research of the company and the company’s top executive before facing the interview

•    Learn about the company’s vision and how you can contribute to it

•    As a professional, you should be able to demonstrate your eagerness to work for the company

•    Display evidence that understands the employer’s business

•    Mention why you depend on the XYZ company for your growth and why it is the best place to use your skills and experience for the benefit of the company

•    Demonstrate your confidence in the company’s product or service

3) Do you consider yourself successful?

This is a popular interview question

Sample Answer 1:

I feel successful when I meet my short term as well as long term goals. I try to achieve the set goals and work as hard as I can. I try to reach those goals and achieve the desired results. I want to identify myself as a person with a progressive outlook who does his best and gives 100% to achieve the goals. For me, success is not just my personal achievements, but also the efforts of the people around me.

Sample Answer 2:

Success for me is knowing that I am fulfilling my performance and feel. My job should be to add value to the company and its customers. Knowing that each day, I am making the world a better place is a success for me. I will define success at work as I have learned from major job assignment experiences.


•    Summarize your career goals

•    Don’t say something that sounds self-centered

4) Are you ready to travel?

Yes. I like to hang out It would be a blissful experience for me to visit new places and meet new people.

5) What are your salary expectations?

Until now, I didn’t think much about it. I am more focused on learning the requirements for this position that I am applying for.

6) What would you consider your greatest strengths and weakness?

This is one of the most common interview questions asked in any interview

Sample Answer 1:

My strength is my ability to turn the negative work environment into positive. At the same time, develop a support team. I have been able to keep many projects on track and ensure deadlines. As far as my weakness is concerned, I sometimes get impatient to achieve everything very quickly. To deal with the problem, I am trying to revisit the to-do list and prioritize tasks.

Sample Answer 2:

I am very comfortable working with different groups of people. My strength is my analytical and planning skills, which have developed over the years. It helps me to complete my work before the deadline. Speaking in a group I am a bit nervous, but I have given several presentations to overcome this.


•    Focus mostly on the strength

•    Show the interviewer how you are trying to overcome the weakness

•    Mention your real weakness but mention how you are going to fix it

•    Make sure your strengths and weaknesses are not unlike each other

•    Thoroughly research the position you are applying for and identify an area where you can apply your strengths.

•    Choose a weakness that is acceptable for the task at hand

•    Do not confuse interests with weakness or strength with dislike

7) What inspires you?

This is a popular interview question

Sample Answer 1:

I am a very results-oriented person. My primary motivation is to get the desired results. When I enjoy working on projects on my own, I am particularly motivated to work in a team. It is very exciting working with others who share the same goal. I want to take up that challenge as part of a team and team effort.

8) Tell me about your dream job.

The only dream job I always had was a job that kept me busy, a job in which I get to contribute to the success of the company.

9) Why did you leave your last job?

I quit my previous job because I feel I want to work more, get more and more opportunities to serve.

10) What is your experience in this field?

I have built many systems that are still in use today. Some of the systems I take pride in [mentioning those notable]

11) What do colleagues say about you?

My co-workers [name] in [company] never get tired of telling other people how talented I am when it comes to [specific work].

12) Why should we appoint you?

Sample Answer 1:

The subjects I chose while working for my degree in XXX subject, prepared me for this particular post. Also, my two years of experience working with Company X has given me the platform to master the skills I needed for this position. It seems as if I was ready all my life to land this job.

Sample Answer 2:

For this particular job, I have the right combination of skills and experience required. I also bring a rich experience of strong analytical and problem-solving skills that I have acquired while working with other companies. My dedication to excellent work standards will add value to the team and the company.


•    Emphasize your uniqueness but keep it brief

•    Unleash your strengths, skills, and achievements

•    Give an example that describes you as a quick learner

•    State or provide some evidence that shows how you contributed to the growth of the previous company in terms of revenue, goodwill, and brand

•    Include the research you have done on the company. For a small company (2 to 50 employees), you can say- “Your company is open to fresh new ideas.”

What not to say

•    Try to avoid saying – I need a job, money or I have this place where I live

•    Focus on what you can do for the company rather than what they can do for you

•    Never compare your skills to others. The natural instinct for this question is that we usually start comparing our skills to others when this question is put up.

13) Are you a team player?

Yes of course. Although I will deny the fact that I can work independently with minimal supervision, I am also a partner every leader would ever want to be in their team. Whatever task is assigned to me, I make sure that it gets to me and exceeds what is expected of me. I also make a point to reach teammates whenever needed.

14) What is your philosophy towards work?

I only have one philosophy when it works: Every piece of work, regardless of size, must be done on time and properly.

15) What did you learn from mistakes on the job?

I learned that without proper coordination, even the simplest tasks can cause problems in a project. I had this problem during my first job. From that time on, I ensured that every detail and coherence I thought followed.

16) Describe your management style.

Basically, my management style comes with quickness and flexibility. To ensure that goals are achieved, I study religiously and plan in the smallest detail. While I enforce a strict sense of punctuality, I also add appropriate allowances and make room for contingencies.

18) How do you know that you have been successful in this work?

Being successful means that the goals set are being met. Being successful also means that standards can not only be reached but exceeded wherever possible.

19) Are you ready to work overtime? Prepare for night shift and work on weekends?

I understand that being asked to do an extended number of things is a good reason at first, so I’m fine with it. This extra effort means something to the company. I would be happy to do this.

20) What will you do if you do not get this job?

I have high hopes that I will be hired. If it turns to the other side, then I have to go ahead and look for another job.

21) What have you done last year to improve your knowledge and skills?

I have attended many self-improvement, time management and personality development seminars. I have also attended training workshops related to [industry].

22) How will you be the property of this company?

My skills are outstanding in [critical skills for the position]. I have earned a lot of awards and certifications from my previous employers. As an employee, I handle pressure easily and can work with minimal supervision.

23) As long as you are hired, how much would you expect to work for us?

I would like to stay in this company for a long time. As long as management sees me as an asset, I am ready to stay.

24) Describe your ability to work under pressure.

This is a very important interview question.

I understand the nature of the situation that I am applying quite well, with the pressure that comes with it. Being under pressure does not discourage me but motivates me more.

25) Tell me about the problem with an observer.

I’m sorry, but I can’t remember any examples when I had such a problem with a supervisor.

26) Why do you think you will do well in this work?

Because I love this job, I have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability to deliver nothing in quality production. I learnt a lot from my experience that helped me to develop these skills.

27) What annoys you about colleagues?

I am fine with my colleagues. I am open minded and very thoughtful.

28) Do your skills more closely match this job or any other job?

I think my skills are best suited for this job.

29) What has disappointed you about work?

I once felt that I was not being challenged enough to work. I was a little disappointed because I was eager to go for more.

30) If you are hiring a manager for this job, what would you look for?

I will note two essential things: the ability to do the task correctly and the proper approach to do it. Without the right approach, skill producers will not contribute to production.

31) What role do you play in a team?

I become versatile when it comes to being a team player. I am a leader, an assistant, a communicator, a secretary, whoever may play the role, will ensure the success of the team. Because understanding the various roles will allow each player to play the role of others in times of need.

32) A decision which is the most difficult decision for you?

It was a time when I had to choose between joining a group of employees opposing certain issues in the company and staying away from the issue. I ended up being the middleman between the staff and our immediate supervisor, and I was glad that I made this decision because it all ended well in the workplace without further conflicts.

33) Are you ready to make sacrifices for this company?

I am ready to do this to the best of my ability. I can manage personal matters on my own, without conflict when management needs me most. However, I will not include my values.

34) What are the qualities in a boss?

I see my boss as someone who can easily form a relationship with me, make firm decisions and is transparent. A boss with a good sense of humor would also be a lovely idea.

35) Are you also applying to other companies?

Yes. I have submitted my applications to some of the best companies… […] Above all, my priority and hope is that I will be able to do a job in your company.

36) Do you know anybody who is an employee of our company?

No, I found this vacancy from a popular job posting website.

37) How do you make up for your lack of experience?

I am a quick learner. Every time something new is thrown at me, I take time to study it.

38) Have you ever worked in a job you hated?

Not hate at all. I once had a job that did not match my qualifications at all. Nevertheless, I was glad that I took the job because it was an opportunity to learn something new and added to my list of experiences.

39) What would your previous supervisor say is your best point?

My strongest points at work are hardworking, patient and quick learners.

This is most frequently asked question in interview.

40) What is the most challenging thing about working with you?

My colleagues often say that I am very serious about my work. However, I attended seminars to better mix some personalities with colleagues.

41) Which have you suggested in your previous employment?

I once suggested that management and staff should hold more regular meetings rather than quarterly meetings. I was happy that the administration noticed this and praised me for taking a good initiative.

42) Will you be liked or scared?

I would be liked, but more importantly, I would love to be honored. Fear does not necessarily have to be respected.

43) How do you deal with stress?

I stop for a few minutes, looking out of the window. In short, it is enough to charge me again. I can manage stress well and my productivity levels do not decrease.

44) Will you work for money or job satisfaction?

This Question is one of the most important and common interview question.

Job satisfaction is more important to me. If I do not like the job in the first place, then working for money cannot be complete. Job satisfaction makes me productive; Money will also come naturally.

45) Describe your work ethic.

Always give your best in every task, if not, do not do it at all.

46) Tell us your biggest challenge that you faced with your previous boss?

My previous boss was very strict when it came to deadlines and outputs. It was a challenge for me to meet up with my expectations. It was also a good learning experience for me because it made me better at what I did.

47) Are you enjoying your work as part of a team?

Always say “yes”for this question.

Yes, I enjoy it very much. Being part of a team means that you have to contribute to the well being of all, while at the same time there are members who can support you and share more knowledge with you.

48) Why do you think you deserve this job?

Because I believe that my talent and skills will definitely be a big contribution to advancing the excellence of your company. I am a fast worker and hardworking person who can be a very reliable asset to this company.

49) Has anything ever irritated you about the people who work with you?

I’m fine with colleagues. When I feel the other man, the attitude is a negative one; I try my best to contact him and talk things over. I always make it a point to stay positive and transparent with the people around me.

50) Do you have any questions for me?

I would like to know what is the next step for me. I would like to know more information about the position I am applying for.