Typical job interview questions

Here you will find a list of sample and typical job interview questions most employers ask. For your good job interview preparation, you have to be ready to answer many different questions: on your past job; on your skills and abilities (problem solving, decision making, dealing with conflict abilities); on your leadership, communication and team work skills. You have to prepare to describe yourself and answer the question how do you handle stress.

Making a list of basic and possible questions is an important part of job interview preparation. As you know a good preparation is essential to a successful interview performance and to get the job you want. While there are a wide range of different possible interview questions, it always helps to be ready for anything.

Typical job interview questions list for a good job interview preparation.

Let’s see the most common and typical job interview questions list.

  1. Basic interview questions:
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Why do you want to leave your current company?
  • Why are you looking for a new job?
  • Are you willing to travel?
  • What motivates you?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • What’s your dream job?
  • Describe yourself.

2. Typical job interview questions on the company and position:

  • How did you hear about this position?
  • What do you know about our company?
  • Who are our competitors?
  • What do you know about our business area?
  • Why do you want to work with us?
  • Why do you want this position?
  • How do you know about this vacancy?

3. Stress management questions:

  • How you handled a difficult situation?
  • How do you handle pressure?
  • Do you enjoy working under pressure?
  • How do you handle stress?
  • Do you work better under stress?

4. Career goals questions list:

  • What are your career goals?
  • Do you have any goals you set at the moment?
  • How do you set goals?
  • Can you tell us about your long-term goals?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?

5. Sample and typical job interview questions on past job:

  • What can you say about your last job?
  • What were your responsibilities in your last job?
  • What was the greatest challenge in your last job and how did you manage it?
  • Can you tell me about your work history?
  • What did you enjoy best in your last job?
  • What did you dislike most in your last job?
  • How your presence in your past job related to the company’s growth?

6. Team working questions:

  • Are you a team player?
  • Do you prefer working independently or on a team?
  • What are your experiences with working with a team?
  • What do you dislike most about your teammates?
  • How would your co-workers describe you?
  • Have you ever had misunderstanding with a colleague?
  • Have you ever had difficulty working with superior?

7. Interview questions on skills and abilities: 

  • What are the qualities a good leader should have in your opinion?
  • What are some of your leadership experiences?
  • What are your communication skills?
  • What are your team leader and team building skills and abilities?

8. Salary and promotion questions:

  • Have you ever been disappointed by your boss?
  • What are your expectations if you are hired?
  • What are your salary requirements?
  • How soon do you hope to be promoted?

9 . Other typical job interview questions list:

  • Why were you fired?
  • What makes you uncomfortable?
  • What is your standard for measuring success?
  • What was your greatest professional challenge?
  • What do you consider as your greatest success?
  • What is your greatest professional achievement?
  • Have you ever been a failure?
  • What do you do when you fail?
  • Would you work holidays/weekends?
  • What’s your availability?
  • What questions do you have for me?

These typical job interview questions are a basic for a good job interview preparation and are essential to a successful interview performance.

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Marin Valchev
Marin Valchev
Marin Valchev, PMP is an IT Project Manager with more than 10 years of experience. He implements cutting-edge technology in a wide-range of Financial and TELCO companies in Europe, Asia, and Africa. Marin shares his knowledge of software, analysis, project management and other business areas.