30 Most Common Interview Questions and Successful Answers

Oct 12, 2022

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There is no accurate way to predict every job interview question, so it is smart to prepare by considering a wide variety of topics. However, there are at least ten questions that almost all potential employers will ask in some form, and you can boost your interview performance by working on successful answers to these questions.

1 Tell me something about yourself?

One of the most common interview questions is “Tell me something about yourself”. From the answer, the candidate’s first impression is formed. Unfortunately, if the first impression turns out to be negative, it can be very complicated to overcome it further and sometimes even impossible.

Possible answer for “Tell me something about yourself”:

“I’m Kate Osteen. I graduated from X College and have worked in sales for X and Y for the last six years. At X, I averaged X% sales growth over the three years I worked. Now I want to try my hand at an international company. I also consider this vacancy very promising, and I appreciate the opportunities for my professional growth. As for personal qualities, I will say that I quickly adapt to new and complex tasks, and I am also very sociable and easily perceive criticism.”

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Tips for answering the question “Tell me something about yourself”:

  • It is important not to be limited to a dry enumeration of facts that an employer can read in advance in a resume. Instead, the answer can be a professional story about you, but short, logical, and always in chronological order;
  • Speak only the truth, avoiding both excessive modesty and obvious self-promotion;
  • Include the information that you consider significant and that characterizes you most vividly;
  • Start with what educational institution you studied at, what work experience you already have, for what merits you were noted, what you are proud of, and what personal qualities help you develop;
  • Focus on your last job and your most recent and job-relevant experience.

What mistakes should not be made when answering the question “Tell me something about yourself”:

  • Talking too much and starting from far away. Keep in mind that the interviewer expects an answer for 3-5 minutes;
  • Talking about yourself as a person, not as an employee. That is, you should not speak about everything unrelated to work;
  • The absence of a prepared scheme for answering this question. This is the question for which you need to have an answer scheme in advance since it is this answer that will form the first impression of you.

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