Top 30 Interview Questions - From a Recruiters Hiring Playbook
- Published on: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
So, what I'm going to do in this video; instead of telling you what to say, because that's not what this video is about, we are going to dive deep into the top 30 interview questions. These are the most common interview questions that employers will ask you in a job interview. But I'm not going to tell you what to say. I'm going to tell you what they're looking for. I'm going to tell you what a hiring manager or a recruiter or an employer is looking for in your answer.
And then all you have to do is take that information and craft your own responses based on your experience and you'll have a totally natural, genuine answer that will just wow any employer.
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LIST OF TOP 30 INTERVIEW QUESTIONS IN THIS VIDEO:
1. Ttell me about yourself.
2. Why is there a gap on your résumé?
3. What motivates you?
4. Why are you applying for this position?
5. Walk us through your résumé.
6. Why do you want to work here?
7. Why are you the best person for the job?
8. Where do you see yourself in five years now?
9. What interests you about this position?
10. Why are you a good fit for this position?
11. Tell me about a time where you dealt with a tough challenge.
12. Why should we hire you?
13. What are your weaknesses?
14. Tell me about a time where you went above and beyond.
15. Tell me about a time when you reached a goal.
16. Why did you leave your last job?
17. “What are your strengths?” or “What are your greatest strengths?”
18. What are you most proud of?
19. Describe what you do in your current job.
20. What is your management style?
21. Tell me about a mistake that you made.
22. What are you passionate about?
23. What do you know about our company?
25. What are your salary requirements?
26. How do you deal with pressure?
27. Are you open to relocating?
28. What is your dream job?
29. Why are you changing careers?
30. Do you have any questions for us?
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1. So, the first one we have here; tell me about yourself.
Now, this is one of the most common interview questions that's used. It's a good icebreaker question, but what an employer is looking for is they want to hear about your journey through your career. They want to hear what got you interested in what you're doing.
So, if you're in finance, they want to hear why you like finance, why you're passionate about finance and where you're going. If you're in healthcare, they want to hear what you're passionate about health care; maybe you like helping people, whatever. That's what they want to hear.
So, you don't want to just give them a whole bunch of blah blah blah about, “I've done this and I've done that.” Share your passion with them. Tell them what got you excited, when it got you excited and what you did about it and the journey you went through in your career to develop that passion. That's the best way to answer; “Tell me about yourself” because that's what they're looking for in your answer.
2. This is this is a really popular one; why is there a gap on your résumé?
Well, a lot of people, maybe they got laid off, maybe they got fired, whatever, they quit their job. So, now they've got a 3 or 6-month gap on the résumé; sometimes more, 1 or 2 years isn't all that uncommon.
So, what an employer wants to hear when they look at your résumé and like, “Well, Don, why do you have a 2-year gap on your résumé?” Let me tell you what they want to hear. They want to hear that you were doing something else to better yourself while you were looking for a job. They don't want to just hear that, “Oh, well, you know, no one would hire me.”
They don't want to hear your hard luck story. They don't want to hear that you were taking care of a sick loved one. They don't want to hear that the job market was just brutal and you couldn't find anything.
They want to hear what you were doing to better yourself while you were searching for a job. So, maybe you went to some free seminars, maybe you did some trainings, maybe you read some books. But they want to hear that you were doing something to better yourself related to your career or your occupation instead of just sitting around and watching TV and eating potato chips.
3. What motivates you?