6 Most Common Interview Questions

If you get nervous going into an interview, you’re not alone. But being prepared and having an idea of what you will be asked can have a huge impact on your confidence. Before you go to your next interview, make sure you get familiar with this list from Forbes of the most common interview questions and how to answer them.

  1. “Tell me about yourself.” Discuss what your interests are relating to the job and and highlight your experiences and background that make you qualified.
  2. “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” Strengths are easy, but weaknesses may take some practice. Try to talk about a weakness you have had but that you have been able to improve, and focus on why you have been able to turn things around.
  3. “Where do you want to be 5 years from now?” This question is usually asked as a way to feel out your commitment to the job and the company. To answer it, let them know that you are in it long-term and that this is where you want to be.  
  4. “Give me an example of a time when you had a problem with a co-worker or supervisor and how did you approach the problem?” Use this question to exhibit your people skills and show that you are capable of overcoming conflict with others.
  5. “What are your salary requirements?” To prepare for this question, study websites like Salary.com and Glassdoor.com to get an idea of how much the position pays. Don’t give a specific number, but rather a range, and let them know that you are flexible.
  6. “Why should we hire you?” Focus on what you will be able to contribute and how your experience and background makes you a good candidate. Let them know that you are excited about the job and want to take on responsibility.