19 job interview questions you should always expect

When you are applying for a new job, you will notice that the majority of interviewers ask similar questions.

There will always be some unusual questions, but you can prepare for the most common job interview questions. 

Here is a list of job interview questions you should always expect. 

1. Tell me about yourself?

Tell me about yourself would probably be the first interview question you get asked.

One way to prepare for this question can be to have an elevator pitch ready where you will shortly describe your career. 

2. What are your strengths?

Be clear and have examples ready that show your strengths. 

3. What are your weaknesses?

Outline a weakness that you’re working on improving, and show them how you’re improving.

Never name any of these weaknesses

4. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Tell them where you want to be in five years, career-wise.

They want to know what your ambitions are and whether they can accommodate that. 

5. Why do you want to work for this company?

With this question, they want to know what you like about the company.

Make sure that you know what they are about and what their vision is. 

6. What do you think you can add to the team? 

They want to know why they should hire you, so be specific.

List a couple of accomplishments that are relevant for the position and highlight your relevant skills. 

7. What about this job interests you?

Talk about how the position is a perfect fit for you, both in the short-term and long-term.

8. Why are you looking for another job?

They ask this question to make sure that what you are serious about getting the job and staying with the company.

Highlight what you’re missing in your current job and what you’re looking for in the new position. 

9. What are you most proud of in your career?

Share an example of when you succeeded in a similar position.

The hiring manager wants to see you succeed in this current position, use this question to speak to their imagination.

10. What do you expect from your team?

Answering this question lets them know how you function in a team. 

11. In what type of company culture would you thrive?

Describe what company culture would be a good fit and be honest.

Think about this question before you’re applying. You don’t want to work at a company that has different values. 

12. What is your dream job?

The company wants to know whether or now it will be a good fit.

Talk about how the job you’re applying for is going to get you closer to your dream job. 

13. How do you perform under pressure?

Performing under stress is essential in many fields.

Be specific and have examples ready of how you would deal with pressure.

14. How would you deal with a disagreement between you and a colleague?

They must know how you deal with disagreement and conflict within the team.

Prepare this question and think of an example ahead of time, using the SMART methodology

15. What motivates you?

Reflect on what motivated you in previous roles and let them know what you like about their job description.

Be honest, and your enthusiasm will be contagious. 

16. How would others describe you?

Think back to your strengths and accomplishments, and use these to answer this question.

17. What do you like to do outside work?

To see whether you fit the company culture, they could use interests outside work to determine a fit. Focus on the things you like and enjoy. 

18. What are your salary requirements?

Some ask, others don’t. It is not required to answer this question.

Let them name the first number to negotiate your salary later on in the process. 

19. Do you have any questions?

Asking questions at the end of your job interview can make you stand out.