23 questions you need to prepare for before every interview

When you get invited for a job interview, you do your best to look the part. You put on your best clothes, and you want to prepare as much as possible for the interview

The interviewer always has a couple of questions they want to ask you. If you’re going to come prepared, here is the best way to do so: think about questions they could be asking you.

Do your research before the interview, and you will look prepared. 

Companies value employees that are prepared. Thinking about these questions before the interview will bring you a little closer to getting that job. 

1. Tell me about yourself?

The first question they will be likely to ask you is to get a first impression of who you are and what you can bring to the table. Be sure to prepare for this question, as you don’t want to struggle to find words.

Talk about your background and name your career history that is most relevant to the job you’re applying to. This is just an introduction, so avoid giving a 15-minute monologue.

2. Why do you want to work for [company]?

To know why you want to work for the company, you need to know what the company does and how that fits your skills. 

3. Tell me about your resume?

When you are asked about your resume, you can pick and choose which experience you talk about. Talk about a learning experience you had at one of your previous jobs and how that situation taught you. 

4. Why are you looking for another job?

Be sure to think about this question, to prevent now knowing what to say. Let the interviewer know what you didn’t like at your other job and what you’re looking for in this job. 

5. Why do you want this job?

Companies want employees that enjoy what they do, so prepare for sharing your motivation and enthusiasm. Think about what in this role specifically appeals to you. Talk about the key features of the position and how they align with your interests. 

If you feel a connection with the company somehow, this is the perfect moment to express that. 

6. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?

Talk honestly about your skills and your shortcomings. Pick a couple of qualities relevant to the role when you talk about your strengths. When you think about your weaknesses, think about something that you’re improving and talk about how you’re improving it. 

7. Where do you see yourself in five years?

Where do you want to see yourself in five years is a question you want to prepare before the interview. Talk about your career goals and where you want to be in a couple of years. The great thing? You get immediate feedback on whether this is possible in the position you’re applying for. 

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

When they ask this question, it is your opportunity to brag. Think about a situation that you handled correctly and that you are proud of. Do it according to the STAR method: Specific, Task, Action, Result. 

9. What do you expect from your team?

Think about how you want to work in a team and what you want from your colleagues. Let them know what qualities you value in colleagues that you enjoy to work with. 

10. What do you expect from the manager?

Your manager has a significant impact on how you perform. How do you expect to work together with your manager? How can your manager get the best results from you? Giving examples will help them understand what it is that you’re looking for exactly.

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

They’ve asked you about what team and manager you would like to work with. Now it’s time to think about what company culture fits you. What kind of vibe do you enjoy? What makes you perform best?

12. What is your dream job?

Think about what your dream job is down the road. It can be similar to where you see yourself in five years or somewhere completely different. If the job you’re applying for can get you closer to your dream job, make sure you mention it. 

13. How do you deal with stressful situations?

It is easy to say that you aren’t affected by stress to skip this question. It is your opportunity to share your coping mechanisms and deal with stressful situations. 

14. How would you deal with a conflict at work?

Conflict may happen in the workplace, so it’s essential to talk about how you deal with them. Use the STAR framework mentioned before to identify a specific situation and how you resolved it. 

15. How do you respond when you make a mistake?

Tell them about a mistake you made, how you handled it, and what you learned about it. 

16. Can you give me an example of when you showed leadership skills?

Talk about times you handled something proactively, solved a problem, or helped the team accomplish something. Again, use the STAR method to name a specific situation.

17. What motivates you?

What do you need in your job and in your environment to be motivated? The more details you can provide, the better. 

18. What are your passions?

Besides what motivates you in the workplace, they also want to know what you are passionate about outside your job. 

19. How would others describe you?

Think about how your friends or your team at work would talk about you when you’re not there. 

20. Can you sell me this pen?

Some companies like to put you on the spot. An example of how they can do that is asking you to sell a pen. If you’re applying for a sales or marketing job specifically, this question is popular. 

21. Are you willing to move?

Think about under what conditions you would want to move for the position. 

22. What are your salary requirements?

Most companies will ask for your salary requirements. It is up to you whether you answer this question. This guide on salary expectations covers all of it in detail. 

23. Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions, this is your opportunity to ask them. If you don’t, go through this list of questions to ask in your next interview