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Expect to Answer These 20 Common Interview Questions

Interviewers hold the keys to your fate, which kind of makes it seem like you're going into a lion's den, feeling vulnerable and a little (or a lot) anxious. While the series of questions will always TBD, you can still prepare by pondering some of the most common interview questions. Some of these predictable questions come from your personal experiences, and some of them come from my own.

  • So, tell me about yourself?
  • Why do you want this job?
  • What do you consider your biggest strengths/weaknesses?
  • Why did you get into this field?
  • Where do you see yourself in five years?
  • Why did you leave your last job and why?
  • Tell me about the best and worst bosses you've ever had.
  • What did you like most and least about your last job?
  • Describe a situation when you had to make an important decision and how you handled it.
  • Here's an example of a situation you might encounter in this job. How would you handle it?

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  • If you feel you have any weaknesses in regard to the job, what would they be?
  • Why should we hire you?
  • What motivates you?
  • Do you plan to further your education?
  • What have you done to improve yourself during the past year?
  • How do you do in a team setting?
  • How much of the work at your last job was performed independently?
  • What could you contribute to this department/company?
  • What else do you think I should know about you?
  • What questions do you have for me?
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RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 6 years
Ooh the one about improving yourself is nice! I have a lot of respect for people who are always looking for ways to make themselves a better person, and I try to do it too.
Chrstne Chrstne 7 years
Nice list. When I interviewed to get my teaching job (that I did student teaching at, and also did some mentoring with before I graduated college), the interviewer asked where I wanted to be in five years, and I said "working for you". It wasn't subtle, but it worked. I did the interview unrehearsed, and I said how I really feel. I guess knowing what to expect more than "tell me about yourself" would have made me relax in the two weeks prior to the interview.
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