The job market is hot right now and so are your skills. Check out these common interview questions to prepare for your interview.

With many opportunities in front of you and an increased use in virtual interviewing you have more touchpoints with your future coworkers before you even step foot in the office (well, apart from remote workers, you get what we mean). While you may be meeting people from the comfort of your own home or chosen space, this process can be incredibly stressful. If you have ever felt stressed during or before a job interview, you’re not alone. 

Do not be alarmed by interview stress. We want to encourage you to lean into those feelings and use them to help you prepare for your interview. Improve your aptitude and confidence by preparing and practicing your answers to typical interview questions. Doing this can help you reveal areas where you may need more time articulating your thoughts and accomplishments. If you haven’t done so already, check out our Guide to Getting Hired.

Let’s look at some common interview questions that you may encounter on your job search:  

1. What are your strengths? 

2. What are your weaknesses? 

3. Why are you interested in working for [insert company name here]? 

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

5. Why are you looking for a new job? 

6. Why was there a gap in your employment between [insert date] and [insert date]? 

7. What can you offer us that someone else can not? 

8. What are three things your former manager would like you to improve on? 

9. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of. 

10. Tell me about a time you made a mistake. 

11. How did you hear about this position? 

12. What would you look to accomplish in the first 30 days/60 days/90 days on the job? 

13. Describe yourself. 

14. Tell me how you handled a difficult situation. 

15. Why should we hire you? 

16. How would you deal with an angry or irate customer? 

17. Give a time when you went above and beyond the requirements for a project. 

18. Who are our competitors? 

19. What motivates you? 

20. How do you handle pressure? 

21. What are your career goals? 

22. What would your direct reports say about you? 

23. What are some of your leadership experiences? 

24. What do you like the most and least about working in this industry? 

25. What questions do you have for me? 

If you have time to play wordle, then you have time to grow your confidence in your interview skills. Take some time each day to consider these common interview questions and you will feel more confident and prepared for every step of the interview process. Write down your answers and practice over the phone or virtually with friends or family and your answers will begin to flow naturally. Don’t forget, you always have access to your Atrium recruiter. They would be happy to practice with you and provide even more tips for landing you the best job possible. 

Being prepared is the key to putting your best foot forward for in-person and virtual interviews. Download our complete Guide to Getting Hired for more suggestions on how to grow your skills and confidence to clearly communicate your story and experiences. We know our Guide to Getting Hired will help you land the perfect job in today’s competitive job market. 

You got this!  

Joanna Chavers
Joanna Chavers

Leading a successful career with early roots in recruitment, Joanna’s expertise includes the titles of Predictive Index Certified Practitioner and HR Manager. With a decorated track record placing top talent in permanent roles across various industries and disciplines, Joanna used her skill set to organically grow Atrium’s first ever Internal Talent Management department.