Top 10 Interview Questions Employers ask Job Seekers (with Answers)

By | February 25, 2019

Top 10 Interview Questions Employers ask Job Seekers

If you are looking forward to going for an interview, then this article is a must read.

Many at times, job seekers qualify for a particular job based on their certificates, but in the course of an interview session, their answers to questions disqualify them.

Employers are smart, and there are some who intentionally drill job seekers just to know their reaction and type of response they give to questions.

In this article, we have put together the top 10 interview questions, every recruiter is likely to ask a job seeker.

Without wasting time, let’s get started.

1. Can you tell me a little about yourself?

Many at times, job seekers fail at answering this question. They tend to beat about the bush giving the impression they are not ready for the job or position. When an employer asks you such a question, be smart.

He or she is looking out for a response surrounding a concise pitch of why you’re the right person for the job.

Start off with the 2-3 specific accomplishments or experiences that you most want the interviewer to know about, then wrap up talking about how that prior experience has positioned you for this specific role. Once again, be smart.

2. How did you hear about the position?

In as much as the job advertisement was made only through a specific medium such as a radio or newspaper advert, the employer is always interested in how you got the information.

If you discovered the company through an event or article, share that. Even if you found the listing through a random job board, share what, specifically, caught your eye about the role.

3. What do you know about the company?

Most job seekers seem to think this question only refers to the ‘about us’ of the company. Most at times, the employer is interested in your personal knowledge, what the public perceives about the company and so on.

Be sure to give a positive response when addressing such a question. You could start with one line that shows you understand the company’s goals, using a couple key words and phrases from the website, but then go on to make it personal.

Also, make the employer understand in brief what you ‘believe-in’ or ‘stand-by’ with the company.

4. Why do you want this job?

Again, companies want to hire people who are passionate about the job, so you should have a great answer about why you want the position. (And if you don’t? You probably should apply elsewhere.)

First, identify a couple of key factors that make the role a great fit for you (example, “I love customer support because I love the constant human interaction and the satisfaction that comes from helping someone solve a problem”).

5. Why should we hire you?

This interview question seems forward (not to mention intimidating!), but if you’re asked it, you’re in luck: There’s no better setup for you to sell yourself and your skills to the hiring manager.

Your job here is to craft an answer that covers three things: that you can not only do the work, you can deliver great results; that you’ll really fit in with the team and culture; and that you’d be a better hire than any of the other candidates.

6. What are your greatest professional strengths?

Your strength should contribute to the development of the company. Characteristics such good customer traits, good employer-employee relationship, ability to multitask and meet deadline are all professional strengths.

7. What do you consider to be your weaknesses?

What your interviewer is really trying to do with this question – beyond identifying any major red flags – is to gauge your self-awareness and honesty.

8. What is your greatest professional achievement?

Do not be boastful, and do not think you are the only job seeker who has done great things in their previous jobs. Know how to be truthful in your response and delivery.

For example: if you helped complete a particular task in your previous job which was commendable, share it.

9. Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.

In asking this behavioral interview question, your interviewer wants to get a sense of how you will respond to conflict.

10. Where do you see yourself in five years?

If asked this question, be honest and specific about your future goals, but consider this: A hiring manager wants to know:

  • if you’ve set realistic expectations for your career
  • if you have ambition
  • if the position aligns with your goals and growth

Make sure you’re ready for each of these questions by reviewing these notes on what the hiring manager is looking for, the mistakes to avoid, and example answers that will impress the employer.

Here ends our top 10 interview questions employers or hiring managers ask job seekers. Do well to share with others.