The interview prep secret, most people don’t know about!

Congrats! If you are reading this, you have most likely received an e-mail or a phone call for an interview, or you just really want to be ready when that call inevitably comes. That’s half the battle won, and we will help you strategise for the other half.

Job Interviews can be a stressful and pressure-filled environment. You’ve done well, getting the attention of a potential employer with your impressive CV or resume. But now, the interview is upon you. Ace this, and you’re one step closer to the position you’ve always wanted. That’s why it is important to be prepared before going into your interview. We are here to give one such tip that’s not only going to help you nail this interview but also all your future interviews – prepare a folder of examples.

A Folder of Example is the simple process of organising the interview questions into categories and preparing answers for the same. So, simply put, this is where one goes online, searches up a typical interview question, such as one of the behavioural questions, note down the questions then write their own answers. Sounds time taking and intimidating? This is where we enter with all the typical interview questions, already categorised, for you to answer and maintain a folder for future use.


Category 1) Common Interview Questions

1. Tell me about yourself.

2. Why do you want to work here?

3. What interests you most about this position?

4. Why should we hire you?

5. What are your strengths?

6. What are your weaknesses?

7. What is your greatest accomplishment?

8. Describe a time you dealt with a conflict at work.

9. Why are you leaving your job?

10. What is your dream job?

11. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

12. Are you interviewing with any other companies?


Category 2) Behavioral Interview Questions

1. What was the last project you led and what was its outcome?

2. Can you describe a time you demonstrated leadership?

3. Describe a time when your work was criticized.

4. What would you do if you disagree with a manager?

5. Describe a time you disagreed with a coworker.

6. Give me an example of a time you did something wrong.

7. Tell me about a time you had to give someone difficult feedback.

8. Have you been on a team where someone is not pulling their weight?

9. Have you ever had trouble working with a manager?

10. How would you handle a difficult customer?

11. What is your greatest failure, and what did you learn from it?

12. Tell me about a time you faced a difficult situation with a colleague.


Category 3) Educational Interview Questions

1. Tell me about your educational background.

2. What academic courses did you like the most?

3. What academic courses did you like the least?

4. Do you plan to further your education?

5. Why did you choose your major?


Category 4) Professional Interview Questions

1. Why do you have gaps in your job history?

2. Why have you changed jobs so frequently?

3. Why should we hire you over the other candidates?

4. If selected, can you describe your strategy for the first 30/ 60/ 90 days?

5. What do you know about this industry?

6. Are you willing to relocate?


Category 5) Personal Interview Questions

1. What do you think about your previous boss?

2. Who was your favorite manager and why?

3. Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

4. What kind of company culture are you most comfortable with?

5. What is your ideal work environment?

6. How would you describe your work style?

7. What are your long-term career goals?

8. What negative comment would your boss or professor say about you?

9. Describe yourself in 5 words.


Category 6) Salary Interview Questions

  1. What are your salary expectations?

2. What is your salary history?


Now that you have all the job interview questions in one place, begin with mastering your pitch today. The initial phase requires your proper focus and time as you prepare your answers but in the later stages of your professional life, all you would need to do is update and probably rephrase the answers, rehearse and you are all set and ready to nail your interview.

Good luck!

ABL Recruitment team