In your job search journey, you will get invited to interviews, and most people have a deep hatred for interviews. However, interviews do not have to be intimidating if you are well prepared. Interviews serve a purpose and are necessary for the required hiring risk management due process.
Before we get to the preparation for interviews, let us have a quick look at the negative side of interviews and why interviews can be considered the worst.
It takes longer than necessary to get invited to an interview
When you apply for a position, you will be lucky if you get a response at all, any response, including a rejection gives you confidence that your application was received on the other end. If you are lucky enough to get that invitation to the interview, there is nothing more exciting, than the joy of being invited to an interview, and those invitations sometimes take a lifetime and a half to arrive.
They do not show the true capabilities of the candidates
As an individual, you know your capabilities, work ethics and might even feel that you are the perfect person for the job, however, the problem comes when you must convince the interviewer that you are the best fit for that job and make the right first impression, otherwise the interviewers will overlook you for not being able to articulate your capabilities. When going to an interview you should always think and believe that you are the best candidate for the role, because given the right opportunity and if the conditions are right, you will work hard and succeed in that role. Yes, interviews do not take into account your complete true capabilities, as a matter of fact at the end of each interview you might end up doubting yourself depending on how that interview went but do your best anyway.
The chosen candidate may not be the right person for the job.
Hiring is a risky business, which is why interviews are conducted in the first place. People show their best CV self at an interview and will say what they need to in order to get that job, and impress the interviewer, but the truth is interviewers might pass on the opportunity to work with someone great just because that person did not give them the right first impression. The interview process is not a full proof way to get the best person in, if it was hiring mistakes would not cost as much as they do.
There are way too many interview rounds
I am not sure whose idea it was to have thousands of interview rounds, but not only are they tiring for both interviewers and candidates, they suck. You will go through four rounds of interviews as a candidate and then not even hear back from the company that interviewed you.
This is a typical interview at a big corporate:
First Round: Psychometric test
Second Round: Panel Interview (with a minimum of three interviewers)
Third Round: Another Panel Interview
Fourth Round: Another Interview with a lot of technical questions
By the end of the interview process the best fit for the job have made up their minds about not working there, because the process was too long and tedious.
Sometimes they are a waste of time for everyone involved.
Interviews are necessary but due to some poor and unstructured processes they can be a waste of time for both the candidate and the interviewers involved. Some interviews are just a masquerade, to show that due process was followed; this is a show to make sure that the person that has been hired was hired through legitimate means. That means, if you are not the candidate that has been favoured to be hired you are wasting your time and so are the interviewers.
In some situations, the interviewer might come to the interview unprepared and not know how to conduct an interview which is just unprofessional on their side and ultimately wasting your time.
Lack of feedback after an interview
The worst part of job searching is that even after you have done your best at an interview and confident that the job is yours, you might never get feedback about the interview.
In your job search journey, there will be times where you are required to go for an interview, and you should always do the utmost best to get that dream job.
Below are 115 interview questions to expect and to help you be prepared
- Tell me about yourself.
- What are your strengths?
- What are your weaknesses?
- Why do you want this job?
- What made you apply for this job?
- Why do you want to work at this company?
- What do you know about this company?
- What is your ideal company to work for?
- What is the typical company culture you prefer?
- What attracted you to this company?
- Why should we hire you?
- What did you like least about your last job?
- When were you most satisfied in your job?
- What do you think separates you from other candidates?
- What do you know about this industry?
- Are you willing to relocate?
- How did you hear about this position?
- What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
- Tell me about a challenge or conflict you have faced at work, and how you dealt with it.
- How do you deal and handle conflict?
- Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership skills.
- Have you ever disagreed with your superiors’ decision and if yes, how did you address it?
- Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
- Tell me about a time you failed, and what did you learn from your failure?
- What are you looking for in a new position?
- What type of work environment do you prefer? Or What would be your ideal working environment?
- What is your preferred management style?
- How would your previous supervisor and coworkers describe you?
- How do you deal with pressure or stressful situations?
- What do you like to do outside of work?
- How do you prioritize your work?
- What are you passionate about?
- What motivates you?
- What are your hobbies?
- What other companies are you interviewing with?
- What should I know that is not on your curriculum vitae?
- What do you think we could do better or differently?
- Do you have any questions for us?
- How would you describe your work style?
- What do you look for in terms of culture — structured or entrepreneurial?
- Give examples of ideas you have had or implemented.
- What techniques and tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
- How do you manage your time?
- If you had to choose one, would you consider yourself a big-picture person or a detail-oriented person?
- Who was your favorite manager and why?
- What do you think of your previous Supervisor?
- Was there a person in your career who really made a difference and how?
- What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
- What do you ultimately want to become?
- What is your personal mission statement?
- what do you think your previous supervisor might describe you as?
- What might your previous coworkers describe you as?
- What negative thing would your last supervisor say about you?
- What three-character traits would your friends use to describe you?
- What are three positive character traits you do not have?
- If you were interviewing someone for this position, what traits would you look for?
- List five words that describe your character.
- What is your greatest fear?
- What is your biggest regret and why?
- What is the most important thing you learned in school?
- Why did you choose your major?
- What will you miss about your present/last job?
- What is your greatest achievement outside of work?
- What are the qualities of a good leader or A bad leader in your opinion?
- Do you think a leader should be feared or liked?
- How do you feel about taking no for an answer?
- Are you able to say no to work situations that you should say no to?
- How would you feel about working for someone who knows less than you?
- How do you think I rate as an interviewer?
- Tell me one thing about yourself you would not want me to know.
- What is the difference between good and exceptional in your opinion?
- There is no right or wrong answer, but if you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you be?
- What is the last book you read?
- What is the best movie you have seen in the last year?
- What would you do if you won the lottery?
- Who are your heroes?
- What is your favorite memory from childhood and why?
- What was the last project you headed up, and what was its outcome?
- Give me an example of a time that you felt you went above and beyond the call of duty at work.
- Have you ever been on a team where someone was not pulling their own weight? How did you handle it?
- Tell me about a time when you had to give someone difficult feedback. How did you handle it?
- What irritates you about other people, and how do you deal with it?
- If I were your supervisor and asked you to do something that you disagreed with, what would you do?
- What was the most difficult period in your life, and how did you deal with it?
- Give me an example of a time you did something wrong. How did you handle it?
- Tell me about a time where you had to deal with conflict on the job.
- If you were at a business lunch and you ordered a rare steak and they brought it to you well done, what would you do?
- If you found out your company was doing something against the law, like fraud, what would you do?
- What assignment was too difficult for you, and how did you resolve the issue?
- What is the most difficult decision you have made in the last two years and how did you come to that decision?
- Describe how you would handle a situation if you were required to finish multiple tasks by the end of the day, and there was no conceivable way that you could finish them.
- How do you handle criticism?
Getting started on the job questions
93. What would like your first 30, 60, or 90 days to look like in this role?
94. When can you start?
95. What is your notice period?
96. How would you go about establishing your credibility quickly with the team?
97. How long will it take for you to make a significant contribution?
98. If selected for this position, can you describe your strategy for the first 90 days?
99. Is there any qualifications and certificate you would like to obtain while working at this company?
Career development and career goals questions
100. Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
101. Where do you see yourself in five years?
102. What is your ultimate dream job?
103. What are you looking for in terms of career development?
104. How do you want to improve yourself in the next year?
105. What goals do you have in mind with regards to this job?
Work history questions
106. What were the responsibilities of your last position?
107. What do you like least about your current job?
108. Why are you leaving your current job?
109. Why were you fired?
110. Why was there a gap in your employment?
111. Can you explain why you changed career paths?
112. What is your current salary?
113. What are your salary expectations?
114. What are your salary requirements?
115. If I were to give you this salary you requested but let you write your job description for the next year, what would it say?