Interview Questions

The top 10 “Most Common” Interview Questions

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Job Inter­views. Hear­ing these two words can give chills to any job can­di­date. Many peo­ple have trou­ble going through the job inter­view process because of their anx­i­ety or the fear of say­ing the wrong thing. More pres­sure is added to this process as it’s the most cru­cial step of any recruit­ment process and paints your per­son­al­i­ty for the recruiters as to how you answer the inter­view ques­tions, through which they decide whether to hire you or not. 

We can ease things for you by help­ing you pre­pare for the Most Com­mon to Most Unusu­al Inter­view ques­tions that might be asked dur­ing a job inter­view. We referred to a sur­vey done on 500 career experts for these inter­view ques­tions and how the recruiters expect the can­di­dates to answer them.

The sta­tis­tics for it are shown below: 

Source: Zety

The top 10 “Most Common” interview questions (according to the survey)

  • The most favorite ques­tion: Tell me about yourself.

This ques­tion is an all-time favorite for recruiters and one of the essen­tial ones too, as this ques­tion helps them to under­stand you as a per­son and get to know you better. 

  • Tell me about a chal­lenge or con­flict you faced at work and how did you deal with it?
  • What are your great­est strengths?
  • How did you hear about this position?
  • What are your great­est weaknesses?
  • Tell me about a time you demon­strat­ed lead­er­ship skills.
  • Why are you leav­ing your cur­rent position?
  • Tell me about a time you made a mistake.
  • What type of work envi­ron­ment do you prefer?
  • How would your boss and cowork­ers describe you?


These 10 ques­tions have some­thing in com­mon, which will help us under­stand the strat­e­gy of the inter­view­ers and hence, how they expect the can­di­dates to respond. 


Analysis on the Approach of Interviewers

One thing that is com­mon among all these 10 ques­tions is that they are open-end­ed ques­tions, and require expla­na­tion and exam­ples unlike the close-end­ed ques­tions which can be answered in one or two words. 

This shows that the recruiters expect can­di­dates to fol­low the STAR approach (Sit­u­a­tion, Task, Action and Result); where­in the can­di­dates are advised to explain and give exam­ples to jus­ti­fy their answer. 

Even for close-end­ed ques­tions, the can­di­dates should try to give exam­ples and explain the reasoning. 


As we have under­stood the approach behind the com­mon ques­tion, it’s time to move to the unusu­al questions.

Most Unusual Questions in an Interview

Source: Zety

The ques­tions do sound odd and weird to ask, but that is the pur­pose of the inter­view­ers, to star­tle the can­di­dates and catch them at sur­prise. These types of inter­view ques­tions are asked to see if you choose to ben­e­fit your­self, your team or the organization. 

They also ana­lyze how cre­ative the can­di­dates are with the answers. 

The approach for these types of inter­view ques­tions is to give a wit­ty answer that ends up show­ing your sup­port for team­work and con­sid­er­a­tion for the orga­ni­za­tion

Giv­en below are some of the best exam­ples for unusu­al inter­view ques­tions, go ahead and prac­tice answer­ing them:  

  • If you were a coin in a blender how would you get out?
  • If you were a god what would you do?
  • What is the best way to tell whether a fridge light real­ly shuts off when you close it?
  • You’ve been giv­en an ele­phant. You can’t give it away or sell it. What would you do with the elephant?
  • Can you explain Car­bon-14 dat­ing to me? (for a recep­tion­ist job in a con­struc­tion company)


Now that we have ana­lyzed the dif­fer­ent approach­es and ques­tions asked by the inter­view­ers dur­ing a job inter­view, it doesn’t look so scary. 

The main aim of a recruiter is to get to know you enough to see how you use your skills to use for the orga­ni­za­tion and how it ben­e­fits the employ­ers. They also check if you would choose your team and the orga­ni­za­tion or your­self in crit­i­cal sit­u­a­tions. All these fac­tors lead them to decide if you have the right atti­tude for the organization. 

So, instead of being ter­ri­fied of the job inter­view process, break it down to these two approach­es and for­mu­late your answers accordingly. 

All the best!

Jivika Jain

Jivika is a marketing intern at Z1 Media. A creative unit who is fascinated with everything related to consumer psychology and marketing.

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