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The Most Common Job Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)

September 9th, 2016

Before I launched my own career site for women, I was a recruiter and spent the majority of my day interviewing candidates. From interns to managers and from phone screens to in-person interviews, I’ve pretty much seen (and heard) it all. Here’s what I know: the root of every poor interview is a lack of preparation — especially when it comes to responding to the interviewer’s questions. Winging it? Big mistake. Your answers are what really give the interview insight into what it would be like to work with you and whether you’ll bring value to the organization.

To help you ace your next interview, here are 10 of the most common questions I’ve used and encountered. There’s a good chance you’ll get asked at least one them in your next phone or in-person interview. I’ve also got two additional treats at the end of this post: more answers to common interview questions and a free interview prep checklist download.


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7 Comments under :: The Most Common Job Interview Questions (and How to Answer Them)
  1. This is a great list! Also, I’ve only just discovered Career Contessa, can’t wait to read more from there!


  2. Great post with such valuable information! I’ve been a loyal Career Contessa fan for many years and I’ve learned so much from their webinars.

  3. Renaud says:

    What a great article! Thanks for the tips! I haven’t had the chance to go to an interview but your advice will definitely help when the time comes.


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  4. amber says:

    I agree, these are the most common questions in my experience, from my high school jobs to interviewing for my actual career (physician). I definitely find it helpful to talk to others in the field and run these questions by each other.

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