Job interviews are nerve-wracking for any job seeker. Even if you spend hours preparing, you can never be certain you won’t be caught off-guard with a tough interview question — and it can be hard to know in advance whether you are a good fit for the company.
You may spend hours combing through a prospective employer’s company website and reading up on job interview advice and tips for job interviews, but it can still be difficult to anticipate job interview questions and answers.
This article focusses on what are the top 5 questions employers ask in a job interview. These questions are universal, they are meant for both freshers as well as experienced people.
5 Most asked questions in a job interview
Question 1). Give a brief introduction about yourself?
This Question is perhaps the most asked question in any interview. This question seems simple, so many people fail to prepare for it, but it’s crucial. The question is meant for the Employer to gauge your basic nature. They would like to know your basic background; education, what your parents do, where all have you worked previously (if any), and whether you have any meaningful hobbies or not. All these answers will tell them about yourself in some part or another.
Question 2). What are your strengths and weaknesses?
This question is meant for the employer to understand whether you might be a good fit for the role that you are applying for. The best course of action here is to read a lot about the position you are applying for and develop an understanding as to what strengths might be important for that role. As for weaknesses, this is a tricky question. Try to answer in a way that your weakness also seems like a strength. For eg: My greatest weakness is that I don’t like getting interrupted when I am seriously into something. Another one of my weaknesses is that I trust people very easily.
Question 3). Why are you interested in the Role?
This question like the previous one is designed by the Employer to check how much you know about the current company and the job role in particular. As a job seeker, the best way to answer this common interview question is to emphasize the merits and exciting aspects of the position itself to convey your enthusiasm, rather than a time to rehash how your background and work experience is a fit. Think of it this way: Even if you’re the perfect fit, that’s what the rest of the interview is to demonstrate. This is the time when you get to demonstrate your enthusiasm about the work you’re about to do. Actually wanting to do a certain job counts for a lot.
Question 4). Why join our company?
This is one of the most common job interview questions. If you’re interviewing for a role that might be relatively ‘standard’ across many other companies, it’s actually a very good question — so it’s a good idea to have a ready answer. It also is a test to see how much you understand about the larger context and employer, itself. Think about the interviewer’s perspective and about the company goals. This is a time to show that you understand the company’s mission, its values or something about its culture. Remember, you want to make the interviewer feel good about where he or she works and make them believe you really want to join them.
Question 5). Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
This question is again a tricky one. It is meant to gauge your ambition level as well as your future planning and forethought. Remember, if you answer something completely out of the ordinary then there will be more follow up questions. The safest bet is to answer in a moderate light, meaning answer the question so that the interviewer seems content that you will neither leave in a short duration but also that you are not completely lost when it comes to living your life
All in all, my advice is to not rehearse these questions, rather give a genuine and natural response in an interview. This way the employers seem a whole lot serious in you. Another thing to remember is that the answers that you give will cause employers to ask to follow up questions. Be smart and know what words you utter. And finally, always remember to keep smiling. Even if you feel nervous or the employers are acting seriously it is important to keep a calm and smiling face. This will ensure a much more positive interview round.