Top interview questions and answers in 2022 [A useful guide to interviews]


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By Snigdha | Last Updated on October 18th, 2022 3:11 am | 4-min read

As you look for the next big opportunity, the one big concern in your mind remains about interview questions coming your way.

Your future opportunities pretty much rely on the questions that come your way as you appear in the interview and how you respond to them. It would not do you well to get flustered by an unexpected question with no clue about how to answer it.

Of course, you should not fall for a canned reply that sounds entirely made up and artificial. However, it doesn’t hurt to anticipate the questions and be prepared to face the most commonly asked questions. Additionally, you can also consider what responses the hiring manager expects to hear from the right candidate for any profile.

We have compiled a list of the most commonly asked questions in a job interview that will be great as a guide for you to ace your next job interview.

Most common interview questions and how to answer them

  1. Tell me a little about yourself.

    As basic as this question might be, many interviewees fail to prepare for it.

    How to answer this question?

    In response to this question, you can tell the hiring manager a little about your current job and responsibilities. Then, you can talk about why you took the jobs you took in the past while also giving the interviewer reasons you left those jobs. This is a great opportunity to explain any gaps in your resume while emphasizing your hobbies and interests.

  2. What are your strengths?

    Though your resume tells the interviewer where your strengths lie, this question is often posed in a job interview.

    How to answer this question?

    When asked, you need to be precise, sharp, and on-point. Let’s say you are a great leader, don’t just say that! Give examples that prove how good your leadership skills are. In short, don’t claim, prove!

  3. Tell me your weaknesses

    Another commonly asked question, and typically a candidate knows that they only need to pick a hypothetical weakness and present it in a way that it turns into a strength.

    How to answer this question?

    Often this attitude can annoy seasoned interviewers as they can smell BS from afar. It is better to choose an actual weakness you have and mention how you are working on it. No one’s perfect. You know it, they know it! No harm owning up to it.

  4. Why don’t you walk me through your resume?

    This question is often an interview opener, and often the interviewer would like to know how you tell your career story.

    How to answer this question?

    One good way to do this is to group your qualifications by your past jobs and tell your career story. This is a great opportunity to relate an anecdote, if you have one, and then tell your story chronologically or start from your current profile and go back to your past responsibilities. No matter how you approach it, remember to highlight the accomplishments and skills most relevant to the job you are applying for.

  5. What would you like me to know about you that is not on your resume?

    Take this question as an opportunity to let the interviewer know that you are more than just a piece of paper.

    How to answer this question?

    Answer this question by mentioning a positive trait of yours or build a story around an experience that gives a hint of all that you are, your goals, and your future career path.

  6. How did you get to know about this job?

    The question might seem innocent, but it can be a great opportunity to tell them how serious and passionate you are about this job.

    How to answer this question?

    If you were referred by another employee at the organization, let them know and mention the name – it may help. If you came across the company in an article or a job posting, let the interviewer know what, in particular, caught your eye.

  7. What attracted you to our company?

    This is a great way to show that you have done your research and are serious about your job.

    How to answer this question?

    Make sure that you read up on everything about the company on the internet, including on their website, social media, or anything else. Know what is their vision, goals, and the latest updates. You can then talk about why you identify with the company’s mission and more.

  8. What do you think we can do better?

    It is natural to feel a bit under the pressure when answering this question because you want to give a good answer without insulting the company you are applying for.

    How to answer this question?

    Start with the positives of the company and the products before moving on to the feedback. While giving the feedback, carefully lay the background with evidence based on previous experiences.

  9. Describe your dream job

    Now you can add some humor to this answer and talk about your aspirations of becoming the next Rihanna. However, there can be some substance to this answer.

    How to answer this question?

    The interviewer is asking this because they want to know whether the open position and you are a good match. You can discuss your goals and ambitions and explain how this job will help you get closer to it.

  10. Where do you see yourself in five years?

    The interviewer needs you to be honest and precise about your goals and ambitions. The answer will indicate whether you can set realistic goals for yourself, whether you have ambition, and whether the position is in line with your goals and ambitions.

    How to answer this question?

    It is a good idea to think realistically about where this job could take you and draft your answer along those lines. In case you are uncertain about the job fitting in with your long-term goals, you can always say that. But be sure to mention how you see this experience being critical to helping you understand where you are headed.

  11. Why do you think you are a good fit for this position?

    This is a loaded question where the interviewer is trying to figure out how you see yourself fitting in the company, position, and culture.

    How to answer this question?

    Tell them about your past experiences and qualifications, and explain how they tie in with the new responsibilities. You can also talk about your personal values, goals, etc., and how they fit with organizational culture and goals.

  12. Why are you planning to leave your current organization?

    We all dread this question, but this is a staple question for all interviewers. Irrespective of how your experience is with your current organization, keep it positive.

    How to answer this question?

    Nothing good will come out of sharing negative experiences about your current employer with a future employer. It says more about you than them. Talk about your eagerness to find new opportunities and how this new role will help you find them.

  13. What are your salary expectations?

    This is a question for which you need to prepare well in advance. Do your research and find out what other such roles pay, and consider your experience, education, skills, and personal needs before calculating this number.

    How to answer this question?

    There are three ways to go about it. One, you quote a salary range keeping the bottom number a little higher than what you’re hoping for. Two, turn the tables and ask the interviewer if they have a range in place. And three, delay the answer by telling them that you want to take some time to learn more about the role and the rest of the package before discussing the salary you expect.

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