When it comes the time you have to interview, the process of researching and prepping for the interview can determine your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to prep for an interview is to practice your responses to common questions and in general any questions.

We are here to help you succeed in the interviewing process. Here are some common interview questions we ask or know others ask.

  1. Describe yourself?
  2. What is one of your weaknesses?
  3. What are your strengths?
  4. Why should we hire you?
  5. Why do you want to work here?
  6. What are your goals?
  7. Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job?
  8. When were you most satisfied in your job?
  9. What can you do for us that other candidates can’t?
  10. What are three positive things your last boss would say about you?
  11. What salary are you seeking?
  12. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  13. Tell me about a time you made a mistake?
  14. How do you deal with an angry customer?
  15. How do you handle pressure?
  16. What is the last book you’ve read for fun?
  17. If you were an animal what kind would you be?
  18. What questions do you have for me?


    We want to help you prepare for some of these questions. Since they are easy to answer wrong, this leads them to not get to the next step in the interview process or they get chosen over.


    What is one of your weaknesses?

This is the most difficult and dreaded question to answer. Most people like to pick a weaker strength, but that is not what the interviewer is looking for. We recommend to stay away from personal qualities and concentrate on professional traits: “I am very critical of my own work. I have always prided myself on having everything perfect or error-free. I am aware that this sometimes is time-consuming. I try to trust myself with my efforts and quality of work to not be critical.”

What are you goals?

We would like to hear about your future goals, but in an interview, you should talk about short-term goals and intermediate goals. An example of this, “my first priority is to do team building activities because I want our company to work as a team. My long-term goal would start becoming more sustainable in greener decisions and ways”.

Why did you leave (or why are you leaving) your job?

If you are currently unemployed, state you reason for leaving in a positive context: “I managed to survive three rounds of company downsizing, but the fourth time I did not make the cut”. If you are employed, focus on what you want in your next job: “After two years, I made the decision to look for a company that is team-focused, where I can add my experience and skills”. You could say “I want a company that cares about its workers & companies morale. My current company has lost focus on that and I like and believe in your company values.”

Why do you want to work here?

The interviewer is listening for an answer that indicates that you have given thought to this question. They want to make sure you are not sending out resumes just because there are openings. For example, “I’ve selected key companies whose mission statements are in line with my values, where I know I could be excited about what the company does, and this company is very high on my list of desirable choices”. You could also say, “My passion is to have relationships with employees and management, so we can strive to make the company reach its fullest potential. We share the same values for growth and opportunities”.

In addition to common questions that we have listed, these are not all the questions that can be asked of you. Some can be very bizarre and unexpected. Make sure that the interviewer does not ask any illegal questions (age, race, and etc.) You can politely ask “how is this relevant” or “what does this have to do with the position you are applying for”. Knowing the do’s and the do not’s have advantages and disadvantages, so we overall recommend you doing research and preparation for every interview.

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