7 Common Job Interview Questions

Job interviews can be as bad as getting your tooth removed or just a casual conversation (you say what now?) but no matter how creative your ideal employer gets with the questions, you should always expect to be asked any (or all) of the following most common job interview questions.

  1. Tell us about yourself.

    Literally every job interview I’ve ever had asked this question, and it’s still one of those questions that make a lot of people freeze. You need to remember that the HR Manager doesn’t care about your golf skills or how your ex slept with the whole of Harare. The trick to answering this question is to talk about what you are currently doing, what you did and what you can what you can offer the company you’re applying for.

  2. Why should we hire you?

    They have just handed you the mic for your 5 minutes in the spotlight. Sell yourself!. Talk about your skills and how you’ll use those skills to produce results. Don’t go overboard and end up sounding like you don’t play well with others.

  3. What are your strengths?

    Do not go overboard and portray yourself as a modern-day Superman. Be accurately honest, don’t exaggerate. List the skills you’re most proud of, but make sure they’re relevant to the job description. If there’s time, provide situational examples of when you exercised these strengths in your previous jobs.

  4. What are your weaknesses?

    Don’t roll your eyes just yet, everyone has a weakness. Yes, you should be honest about them…but not ~*too*~ honest. You need to prove that you’re self-aware, that you know the areas you need to improve on, but also that these weaknesses won’t keep you from getting the job done.

  5. What kind of salary are you expecting from this position?

    Research sis on how much people in your industry are getting. Don’t show up to that interview without a range. Don’t sell yourself short. Show that you know the value of your skills.

  6. Do you have any questions for us?

    If you have a question ask!

  7. Where do you see yourself in five years?

    I know, this question can be scary if not nerve-wracking, especially if you don’t even have your weekend planned out. The key to answering this is by being honest about your future. It’s okay to be unsure of where you’ll be or what you’ll be doing.

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