Common Job Interview Questions

Job interviews can be nerve wracking. While many think it’s a piece of cake, it’s an entirely different experience once you’re seated in front of your interviewer.

Preparing for it is the best way you can pull off the interview. So to prevent yourself from getting tongue tied, here are the common questions you might be asked of.


These are the questions that are most of the time, asked during the first phase of the interview.

  • So, tell me about yourself.
  • What are your interests?
  • What are your strengths/ weaknesses?
  • What do you think makes you stand out?
  • Tell me about a time when… (Trust us. It can be anything.)
  • How much salary are you looking for?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Do you work well under pressure?
  • What are your professional/personal achievements?


These are the queries about your previous employment, if you have any.

  • Why did you quit your previous job?
  • Why did you have so many jobs before?
  • What did you like/dislike most about your previous job/s?
  • Is this your first time to apply for work?

Potential Employment

  • What do you know about our company?
  • Why do you want to work for/with us?
  • What can you offer our company?
  • How long do you plan to work for/with us?
  • How much experience do you have with…

Just a few more pointers

Above are some of the most usual and common questions your interviewer will ask you. Note however that there will always be surprises or changes you may not have anticipated. So..

  • Don’t anticipate the questions too much.
  • Think before you speak.
  • Be ready for any startling questions.
  • Ask the interviewer to repeat the question if you did not understand it. It’s better than giving the wrong or far-out answer.
  • Have a bit of humor.
  • Relax.

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