Recent research has shown that the below-listed job interview questions do little more than make the interviewer feel superior.
One of the biggest fears most people face when looking for a job is answering weird questions during job interviews. Some of these questions that may surprise you, according to our research are:
“What would you do if you were asked to unload a 747 full of gummies?” – Bose.
“Who would win in a battle between Spiderman and Batman?” – Stanford University.
It’s almost impossible to prepare for job interview questions, but they actually help us to achieve the interviewer’s goal: to test unconventional thinking and the ability to act under pressure.
However, the good news is companies hardly use them anymore.
A Glassdoor study of thousands of job interviews found the 50 most common questions:
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why do you want to work for us?
- Where do you see yourself in 5 and 10 years?
- Why do you want to leave your current job?
- What can you offer us that other candidates don’t have?
- Why weren’t you working on these dates?
- What are three things that your current supervisor would like to improve in you?
- Are you willing to move?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Tell me which achievement you are most proud of.
- Tell me about a time when you made a mistake.
- What is your ideal job?
- How did you find out about this vacancy?
- What would you like to achieve in the first 30/60/90 days at this job?
- Tell me about your resume.
- Describe your academic background.
- Tell me how you handled a difficult situation.
- Why are you looking for a job?
- Why should we hire you?
- Would you work weekends and on vacations?
- How would you handle a dissatisfied customer?
- What is the salary you would like to have?
- Show me a time when you did much more than was expected of you.
- Who are your competitors?
- What has been your biggest failure?
- What motivates you?
- What is your availability?
- Who is your mentor?
- Tell me about a time when you disagreed with your boss.
- How do you handle pressure?
- What is the name of our CEO?
- What are your career goals?
- What drives you to get up in the morning?
- What would your work say about you?
- What are your boss’s strengths / weaknesses?
- If I called your boss right now and asked him what area you could improve in, what do you think he would tell me?
- Are you a leader and a follower?
- What was the last book you read for fun?
- What can bother you the most in a co-worker?
- What are your hobbies?
- What is your favorite website?
- What makes you feel uncomfortable?
- Tell us about some leadership experiences you have had.
- How would you fire someone?
- What do you like most about working in this industry?
- Would you work more than 40 hours a week?
- What question have I not asked you yet?
- What questions do you have for me?
- Describe yourself.
The questions may not be that exciting, but they are the ones you should prepare for.
The research opines that most people only prepare to answer only 10 of these questions. After studying the list carefully and resolving what your answers should be, memorizing them so that when the rubber hits the road, you feel much more comfortable and confident answering them.
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However, practicing just these 50 questions is not enough if you want to make an excellent impression and stand out from the rest, if you want to be outstanding and make a great impression there are tips we think you should know, some of these tips are:
- Be punctual
- Dress smart
- Be confident, not cocky
- Be articulate and polite while at it
Make eye contacts
- Listen and don’t talk too much
- Ask and Answer questions appropriately
- Don’t appear desperate
I’m sure you’re confident you can do the job, but you’ve to make sure the interviewer believes you can, too. The best way to achieve this is by preparing well-thought-out answers to the questions listed earlier.
While at it try to avoid generic answers as specifically tailored answers would leave a good impression, whereas cause the interviewer does that frequently, the generic answer would most likely have been used severally and would make you seem like everybody else, so to stand out, you need to specifically tailor your answers to the position, the company, yourself, career, and ambitions.