The Top 100 Interview Questions That Employers Most Frequently Ask, And The Answers That Will Always Get You Hired!
A careful selection of the interview questions that you are most likely to be asked, and the answers that have proven to give the best chance of getting candidates hired.
- A step-by-step road map on exactly what to do to completely prepare for your interview in the shortest time
- How to easily answer any interview question the hiring manager throws at you.
- The simple techniques to boost your confidence before and during the interview.
- Discover the little-known tricks that will put you way ahead of the other candidates – even if they are better qualified.
“This is basically an interview bible, and if you get this I guarantee you won’t need anything else! Highly recommended.”
Important Message To Job Seekers!
Dear Job Seeker,
If the prospect of your next job interview is playing on your mind, then this is going to be the mostimportant message you’ll read today, because in the next few paragraphs, I’m going to tell you exactlywhat you need to do to make any hiring manager desperate to employ you!
If you’ve ever walked out of an interview with your head down and your shoulders up, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s that gut wrenching certainty that you’ve blown that one shot at your dream job – the interview.
What went wrong? Your resume matched the job perfectly, your skills and achievements were second to none but you messed up so badly on the questions – and why was the hiring manager sitting there with his arms folded and an expression on his face like you just insulted his mom?
You see, the truth is…in today’s fiercely competitive job market where every vacancy attracts countless applicants, it is vital to stay ahead of the competition.
The scary facts about trying to get hired…
- There are an average 118 applications for each job advertised in the US
- In the United States today, 317,000 waiters and waitresses have college degrees
- In the United States today, there are more than 100,000 janitors that have college degrees.
- 7.6 million applicants scrambled for 65,000 corporate and retail positions at Starbucks in the past year
- Nearly one million candidates applied to Procter and Gamble – for just 2,000 positions
- If you’ve been unemployed for a year, there’s a 91% chance you won’t find a job in the next month
- More than one in four jobs added to the US economy last year were temporary
- 82 percent of all Americans believe that it is harder for young adults to find jobs today than it was for their parents to find jobs
- For workers aged over 55, the average length of unemployment is 43 weeks
- More than 3 million US manufacturing jobs have been lost since 1998
- The number of apparel manufacturing jobs in the US will drop by 57% over the next decade
- 4 out of 10 baby boomers said they will have to “work till they drop”
- Now here’s your competition: A network engineer makes $6,000 a year in Bangladesh and a CEO earns about $30k
Sources: New York Times, CNN, Schuyler Thorpe, AARP, AFLCIO, BLS, Payscale, Zero Hedge, Wall Street Journal
How to get a huge advantage over other candidates…
Today’s job market is a battle ground, so let me ask you this: would you go into that battle without being equipped for every eventuality, to ensure you can take on all comers and emerge victorious – or at least emerge with self-respect, knowing you have done everything you could possibly do to win?
If your shoulders have now slumped in utter defeat at the prospect of impossible hurdles ahead of you, relax.
Before you drown your sorrows and resign yourself to the oblivion of the career abyss where so many have gone before you… stop!
It doesn’t have to be like that.
What if you could unlock the secrets to interview success?
What if you were equipped with all the knowledge, advice and tips to attend your next interview with confidence?
I have it all covered in the ultimate guide to interviews, that will help you to stand out from the crowd and deal with everything the hiring manager can throw at you – verbally of course!
Who will benefit from this interview system?
- Those who want to get an ‘unfair’ advantage over other candidates
- Those who have a distinct ‘fear of interviewing’
- Those who interview well but wish to improve
- Those who believe they have actually lost job offers because they couldn’t “close the deal”
- Those who have specific challenges such as long gaps in employment, were fired from a recent job, or will be considered overqualified or under-qualified for certain jobs
- Those who find it awkward negotiating for salary and benefits
A proven and tested interview system that actually works!
When you get this interview guide, you’ll get much more than just a set of interview questions…
My insider’s guide will take you step by step through the key stages of interview preparation, from what you need to know about the company to what you need to know about yourself.
I’ll take you through the research needed to ensure your success on the day of your interview.
I’ll explain the significance of telephone interviews and the real reason that employers use them, why a positive attitude is your most vital asset and how your body language may be sending out subconscious signals of aggression, anxiety – or both – that will trip you up before you even crawl to that first hurdle.
I’ll explain why every second counts, not just from the moment you enter the building but sometimes before you even reach the parking lot.
I include the top 100 interview questions and provide you with detailed answers covering competency (behavioral) and non-competency based questions.
I even reveal the seven perfect questions to ask the hiring manager that will send you soaring above your competition to the top of the candidate shortlist, and I’ll tell you the truth about why you should never accept a counter offer from your current employer.
Not only that, but I disclose the top ten interview mistakes that you must avoid at all costs, and the seven reasons why this job may not be for you and why you must always keep your shoes on during your interview!
The top 100 interview questions and answers
While there are as many different possible interview questions as there are interviewers, it always helps to be ready for anything. So I’ve prepared a list of 100 of the most commonly asked interview questions and the perfect answers to give. Will you face them all? I pray no interviewer would be that cruel. Will you face a few? Definitely. Will you be well-served by being ready even if you’re not asked these exact questions? Absolutely.
Interview questions normally take one of two formats:
- Non-competency based interview questions
- Competency based interview questions (also known as behavioral questions)
What are non-competency based questions?
Non-competency based questions cover general topics and will provide the interviewer with an overview of your career history and reasons for leaving your current role. They are often used by interviewers to encourage candidates to feel more comfortable.
Here is a small sample of some of the 40 non-competency based questions and answers you will discover in my best-selling interview guide:
- Tell me about yourself
- Why do you want to work here/leave your current job?
- What makes you the best candidate for this job?
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Where do you see yourself in five years time?
- What do you think is your greatest achievement?
- What does success look like for you?
- Why is there a gap in your career history?
- How do you handle criticism of your work?
What are competency based (behavioral) questions?
These are the questions that everyone dreads and never feel they can prepare for – competency based interview questions.
Essentially, competency based interview questions are those that require potential candidates to provide specific examples of when they demonstrated relevant skills during their career or education.
From the point of view of the employer, competency based interview questions allow them to discern how the candidate will respond to certain situations and gain an insight into their mindset.
Competency based interview questions typically open with ‘give me an example of…’ or ‘talk me through a time when…’
If that sounds daunting, then don’t worry, because in my guide you will discover a simple trick for answering any competency based interview question.
Here is a small sample of some of the 60 competency based questions and answers you will discover in my best-selling interview guide:
- Give an example of when you were required to manage a team through a time of change
- Tell me about a time when you had to motivate a team
- Describe a situation when you were a witness to major conflict between two team members and how you handled it
- Tell me about a time when you worked to achieve something as part of a team
- Tell me about a time when you worked under pressure and how you handled it
- Tell me an example about a time when you have had an argument with someone at work and how you responded to it
- Tell me about your most recent stressful situation and how you dealt with it
- Tell me about one project that you have started on your own initiative this year
- In what situation did you work the hardest and gain the biggest sense of achievement
- Tell me about a time where you first recognized your ability to be creative in a particular area
When you get my complete interview system you will not only get all 100 interview questions and answers, but you will also discover the true meaning behind each question, and I will reveal a simple trick you can use to answer any interview question. You’ll be amazed how easy this really is.
Sample questions and answers
Here are some sample questions and answers taken from my best-selling interview guide:
What do you do in your spare time?
This question is used for two reasons. Firstly, it is usually asked at the beginning of the interview as a gentle ‘ice-breaker’ to help you relax. Secondly, it helps the interviewer get a fuller idea of what type of person you are by discovering what your hobbies and leisure interests are.
Your answer should be honest, but think about any hobbies you may have which are relevant to the job you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a sales position then mentioning that you play a competitive team sport would support your application.
Sample response: ‘I like to spend time with my family and friends, but I am also a huge sports fan. I enjoy the excitement and competitive edge that comes with playing team sports. I think because I have such a goal orientated personality, it is why I enjoy working in sales so much.’
How do you handle criticism of your work?
Most supervisors and line managers have the occasional bad day when they’ll find fault with your work, whether it’s justified or not. The interviewer is trying to assess your view of your temperament. Do not respond by saying ‘Tell them they are wrong’; that suggests someone who is not open to another opinion! Likewise, don’t suggest you take it in your stride; no-one enjoys being criticized.
Sample response: ‘Naturally, if I have put extensive time and effort into a project, it is not easy to be told that I’ve made mistakes or that my work is not up to scratch. I would obviously be concerned and ask my manager to explain why and where my work is not up to standard. I would reflect on those comments and incorporate them into future projects. If I felt I did not agree in areas I would politely explain why.’
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Depending on where you are in your job search and how many interviews you’ve endured unsuccessfully before this one, you may not particularly care where you are going to be in five years’ time (besides that may be the year you’ve penciled in a world cruise!). That’s not what the employer wants to hear. The response they are looking for is a forward thinking career plan that demonstrates logical, clear and achievable thinking. Similarly, do not say ‘I’m after your job’.
Sample response: ‘With my skills, achievements and experience I would anticipate growing within this company. In five years, with the appropriate opportunities and training, I would hope to be employed in a management or team leader role which would both challenge me and enable me to coach, encourage and mentor other members of staff’.
Which company did you least enjoy working for?
One of the golden rules in an interview is not to criticize any of your previous employers. While you may have explained that you made errors in taking roles in the past, you’ve personally accepted responsibility for that error. All jobs are a part of your career growth and present an opportunity to learn. If you criticize your former employers, it will, as we have said previously, reflect back on to you.
Sample response: ‘Every single one of my positions has been a learning experience, although I did accept one job for the wrong reasons. Each role has given me the opportunity to learn valuable lessons about myself and my career and I’m grateful for the continuing chances to evolve in my career’.
If you found these samples helpful, then make sure you scroll down now and get your hands on the full set of 100 questions and answers. They can be yours in less than 1 minute!
Created by best-selling author and leading recruitment expert Michael Kingston…
Firstly, please let me introduce myself. My name is Michael Kingston. I have 18 years experience in recruitment at a senior level. I was a 360 degree recruiter so carried out every single aspect of the recruiting process, including coaching candidates prior to interviews.
I have covered all levels of recruitment from college drop-outs through to senior executives and board level candidates, domestically and in the international franchise industry. I also set up and ran my own recruitment businesses from scratch.
I have also been an expert guest writer for AOL Jobs, MSN Careers, Career Builder and The Work Buzz.
All of this experience helped me to understand exactly what employers look for at the interview stage, and now I can help you too.
Here are all the incredible benefits you’ll get…
- Find out how to dress to look stronger and more secure in yourself. You’ll also find out the proper clothing choices for both formal and more casual job interview settings.
- To excel in an interview you must be fully prepared. My straightforward ‘road map’ to interview preparation explains how to research the company, present a powerful impression, define your own unique selling point and why it’s important to know where you’re going – in every sense.
- In a global employment market, companies regularly turn to telephone interviews as a way of eliminating (yes, eliminating) candidates from the interview process. Increase your chances of securing a face-to-face interview and avoiding elimination by following our tips for success.
- Gain insight into the types of interviews you will be facing such as behavioral or panel, so there are no surprises on the day!
- How to portray confidence during your interview (and how to keep those nerves under control!)
- I’ll tell you exactly how to respond to the most difficult questions. These include generically troublesome questions such as “what is your greatest weakness?” Or, questions specific to your situation, such as being fired or asked to leave a position under less than favorable circumstances.
- I will teach you powerful interviewing skills that less than 10% of your competitors use. Perhaps the most powerful is the art of selling key strengths. No resource shows you how to do it better than my interview system.
- Discover the top 100 competency and non-competency based interview questions and the perfect answers to give. I also reveal the hidden meaning behind some of the trickier questions and I disclose the real reasons hiring managers ask them.
- 40 non-competency based interview questions. All the interview tips in the world won’t help unless you have an idea of the types of questions you will be asked. This section explains what a ‘non-competency’ based interview question is, the most common you will be asked and why – as well as how to respond effectively.
- 60 competency based interview questions. When it comes to second interviews, employers will take a tougher stance, with a range of competency based interview questions on the basis that past performance predicts future behavior. Our 60 competency based questions cover six principle areas of personal performance answered using the STAR method, including sample responses to help you to prepare your own.
- In your anxiety it’s only natural for you to occasionally stray off topic while answering an interviewer’s questions, but how will you know when you lose the hiring manager’s interest? I’ll reveal the 3 warning signs that suggest you need to get back on track quickly.
- Discover how to use soft-skills to your advantage – things such as a strong handshake and direct eye contact all make a big difference in how interviewers perceive you. These factors all combine to define what employers call a likability factor and can make or break the interview.
- Research consistently shows that following up is essential if you are to feature in the hiring manager’s considerations for a second interview (or a job offer). I show you how to craft the perfect thank you letter to stand out from the crowd.
- 9 breakthrough solutions to handling salary negotiations that can get you a higher salary.
- At the end of every interview, you will have an opportunity to ask carefully prepared questions of the employer – which is often when the panic sets in for many of us. Relax, I have it covered with 7 perfect questions to demonstrate your enthusiasm for the vacancy in question and give you the edge over your competitors.
- So far I’ve covered what you must do in an interview. Knowing what NOT to do is equally as important. Discover the 10 most common interview mistakes and the bizarre behavior you should avoid in all circumstances!
- Once you have been offered the job, you will likely face a counter offer from your current employer. I’ll explain how best to handle that.
- In your final decision making process, you have to be confident that your future employer operates a thriving company culture which will allow you to fulfill your career potential. I have that covered with the 7 warning signs of a toxic organizations.
- …and much, much more.
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Now let’s get to price. I usually charge $47 for my complete job seekers system – which includes my best-selling interview system and all the essential bonus guides I just mentioned.
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I’ve never offered this entire job hunting system at such a low price before. I am just doing it now as a market test to see what happens and I certainly don’t plan on keeping the price this low for long.
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Keep in mind, standing out in today’s competitive job market is very difficult.
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Because applying for positions has gotten so easy, companies are being completely inundated with resumes from job-seekers. The interview is your chance to separate yourself from the other candidates – and my interview system is the simplest, most powerful thing you can do to catapult yourself to the top of the candidate list and ‘wow’ the hiring manager.
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