Common Interview Questions

Luna Schrøder
Luna Schrøder

Job interviews can vary greatly depending on the industry and the person involved. Nevertheless, there are some questions that are asked very frequently, regardless of the industry.

Preparing for these questions, which are most likely to be asked, can help you answer confidently and give precisely the information that you want. We have prepared tips here on how to answer the most frequently asked questions, though always include your own details and experiences.

1. "Tell me something about yourself."

This is a classic question that is usually asked early on in every job interview in one form or another. When answering keep in mind that the HR manager wants to hear the answer about which skills and experience make you the right person for the job- and not just what you do in your free time.

Since this is often an opening question and people gather impressions very quickly, it is worthwhile to have an answer prepared and to practice it beforehand. To do this successfully, you should look at the job description and the role of the position in the company, and then think about how your own person can contribute to achieving the goal of the position. The focus should be on what you can bring to the company.

For example: "I am an experienced logistics manager who enjoys helping small teams to be more productive. In the last two positions, I have gained valuable experience in how to create new working practices and management systems to increase efficiency and speed. I see that this role needs someone with a positive attitude, who is motivated to make big changes, and I am confident that I can do that".

2. "What are your strengths and weaknesses?"

This is a slightly more complicated question and it can oftentimes feel like a trap. It is not good to sound too boastful, but on the other hand, it is not good to be too timid either, as this question gives you the chance to talk about your best qualities. Do not be evasive and try to find a measured answer that shows that you are aware of your skills and limitations and are capable of reflecting critically on your own personality.

When talking about your strengths use this opportunity to talk about examples where you stood out or achieved something specific. Include some concrete figures or projects, you can underpin your strengths and do not run the risk of appearing conceited

Also, use this as an opportunity to emphasize what you have learned from mistakes or how you have learned to counteract one of your weaknesses. While using one trait as a strength and weakness by explaining its positive and negative aspects of it can be a good idea, be careful not to use clichés.

An example of this could be: "I actually see my greatest weakness as one of my greatest strengths. I am very direct and honest and it can be difficult when I give critical feedback. But it's also a strength because teams often need someone with their feet on the ground to pick up on potential problems and difficulties".

3. "How would your former boss and colleagues describe you?"

This question tests how honest you are about your recent experiences and for that reason it is best to say something positive that someone actually said about you. It also increases credibility if you have a reference or LinkedIn recommendation to back up your statements.

If, on the other hand, you have had a difficult relationship with your former boss or colleagues, you should not lie, because something like that can be found out quickly. It is okay to admit that the relationship was not always easy. In that case, it is better to emphasize what you tried to do to ease the situation.

You could for example say "My boss would say that I'm very reliable and hard-working. This was mentioned in all my references. I struggled to connect with some of my former colleagues at first, but the relationship improved over time after I suggested that we meet weekly to discuss joint projects."

4. "What makes you a good team player?"

Highlight how you organize your working life and how you deal with your colleagues - getting along with others will be required in all jobs, therefore you need to show an understanding of the strengths of good teamwork and cooperation.

Mention what you did to be a good team player and what the result was, such as: "Getting along well as a team makes it easier to solve problems. In my last job, I tried to get to know the people in my team and when there were difficulties, it was accordingly easy to approach them in a friendly and professional manner. I think this has helped us to consistently achieve our monthly goals".

5. "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"

This question gives you a chance to show ambition and highlight in which direction you want to develop. Take the position you are applying for as a starting point and then outline how you see yourself growing from there. Do you want to manage large projects, lead teams or become a specialist in your field? Whatever it is stated honestly, this may also be a good way to lead the conversation in the direction of what future options there may be for you in the company if you get the job.

6. "Why do you want to work here?"

This question gives you the opportunity to show how much you know about the company and how much research you've done to prepare for the interview. What the employer wants to see is that the corporate culture and business strategy of the organization are understood as a whole.

Accordingly, it should be ensured that the links between the company and the industry, in general, have been understood. Some challenges and opportunities which the company is facing should be mentioned, to state why they attract you to the company and how you could be a great asset in these situations.

For example: "I know that there is a growing demand for supply chain transparency, and this is something I am enthusiastically promoting. I know that [insert company name here] has been at the forefront of meeting the need for more ethical production and transportation processes for supply, and that's why I want to work here".

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