Top 10 Interview Questions For 2019 (…And How To Answer Them)

By Jeff Gillis

I want to give you a quick and easy way to get started preparing for your job interview, and of course, that begins with learning how to answer the most common job interview questions for 2019!

That’s right. If you haven’t had a job interview for a while, you might be surprised at how much things have changed. But don’t worry, because we’ve really gone out of our way to make sure that we are sharing our “latest and greatest” techniques for answering each question.

That’s what this top 10 list is all about….

I’m going to lay out the top 10 job interview questions you need to be ready for along with handy “Do’s” and “Don’ts” for each question so you can avoid the mistakes we see most job seekers making and with these questions.

Here are the interview questions that we are going to cover below:

  1. Tell Me About Yourself
  2. Why Should We Hire You?
  3. What Is Your Greatest Strength?
  4. What Is Your Greatest Weakness?
  5. Why Do You Want To Work For Us?
  6. Why Did You Leave Your Last Job?
  7. What Is Your Greatest Accomplishment?
  8. Describe A Difficult Work Situation And What You Did To Overcome It
  9. Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years?
  10. Do You Have Any Questions For Me (the interviewer)?

Now granted some of these questions may seem tired and cliche, but I guarantee you they are still being asked in interview rooms consistently, around the world in 2018. So you need to prepare for them!

Without further ado, let’s get cracking…

P.S. Obviously there are other common job interview questions out there as well. Don’t worry, we’ll cover those too in future blog posts!

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1. "Tell Me About Yourself..."

This classic opening question should probably be put out to pasture but it’s still one of THE most common interview questions you’ll face and it still seems to trip up a ton of job seekers every year. (Plus I doubt it’s going anywhere soon, so you need to prepare for it.) You can check out our article on tell me about yourself for more in depth info.

DO:

    • Keep your answer succinct and to the point.
    • Be work specific and tell the hiring manager about where you are now professionally, what you have learned from your past work experiences and then talk about what makes you excited about this specific opportunity.
  • Do your company research and find out exactly what strengths and qualities this specific company is looking for and in your answer try and show the hiring manager you possess them (You can discover these strengths or qualities in the job description or on their website.)

DON’T:

    • Don’t dive into your life story.
    • The hiring manager doesn’t want to hear about you “growing up on 28th avenue down the road from the Trader Joe’s and how it was a coincidence because you had a brother named Joe! (etc…)”.
  • Don’t go on about experience you may have that isn’t related to the job you’re interviewing for.

Jeff's Tip

At the end of your answer try segueing into an insightful question for the hiring manager that shows you understand exactly what issues or problems the company is for looking for you to solve.

2. "Why Should We Hire You?"

This is another incredibly common question and it gives you a great opportunity to stand out from the crowd and really show the hiring manager how you can help the company.

The key thing to remember here is: be specific.

Leverage your company research and the job description to find exactly