12 questions to crush your next job interview

Prepare for these 12 questions to crush your next job interview

1. Tell me your story

  • Share your work journey, showing how it led you to this job.
  • Explain why you like what this company does, using your past as proof.
  • Keep it <5 minutes.

2. What is the hardest problem you’ve ever worked on?

  • Testing your problem-solving skills and how you handle challenges.
  • Explain why the problem was hard.
  • Show how you solved it. Use clear examples.

3. Tell me about a time you faced an ethical dilemma. How did you handle it?

  • Show you have high integrity and can make decisions under pressure.
  • Talk about what you decided, how you did it, and what you learned.

4. What sets you apart from other candidates?

  • Highlight your top 5 strengths related to this role, from the job description.
  • Give examples of when you showed these in prior roles.

5. Share an experience when you identified a problem others had missed. How did you discover it, and what action did you take?

  • You are being tested on your initiative and ability to get things done.
  • Give specific examples.

6. Describe a situation where you had to manage multiple responsibilities. How did you ensure that everything was accomplished?

  • Describe your multitasking and organizational skills.
  • Explain how you organize your work and schedule your time.
  • Show that you get things done!

7. Tell me about a time you missed a deadline. How did you handle it?

  • Be honest about the circumstances that led to missing the deadline, without placing blame.
  • Highlight your communication skills to mitigate the impact.

8. What are your greatest strengths?

  • Talk about strengths directly related to the role you are interviewing for.
  • Use the job description as your guide.

9. What are your weaknesses?

  • Choose a real weakness that is not a core skill for the role.
  • Discuss steps you’re taking to improve, showing self-awareness and growth.

10. Give an example of when you worked with someone difficult. How did you manage the situation?

  • Testing your EQ.
  • Highlight the importance of communication and finding common ground to work together.

11. Why do you want to work here?

  • Research the company and explain what you love about it.
  • If the company has a product, use it and give feedback.
  • Mention why you like the job role and tie it to your past experience.

12. Why do you want to leave your current role?

  • Focus on what you hope to gain from the new role (e.g. challenge/learning).
  • Don’t badmouth your last company.

Every question is a chance to showcase your journey.

Make each answer count.

Inspired by Andrew Lokenauth

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