Interview questions

On interview you should not tell the raw truth because it could show you in negative light.
You should tell things which interviewer want to hear. And answers should not be a threat for an interviewer or for the company. But never lie.

Q: Tell me about yourself

A: Interviewer want to hear about your education, your experience and your soft skills. Good example: "I am web-developer who posses 5 years of experience in web-development. I have masters degree in Software Development. I am reliable and well organized."

Q: Why should we hire you?

A: Interviewer want to hear about your experience and your soft skills. Good example: "I am web-developer who posses 5 years of experience in web-development. I am reliable and well organized."

Q: What are your strengths?

A: Same answer as for "Why should we hire you?".

Q: What are your weaknesses?

A: You should prepare 2-3 your weaknesses and you should show how you are trying to handle them. For example: "It is hard for me to estimate large tasks so I split them into smaller ones for more accurate estimation". Or you may show a weakness which is not fully weakness. For example: "It is hard for me to say NO if coworker asks me for a help".

Q: What will your former boss or co-worker say about you?

A: Good example: "My boss would say that I am reliable, well-organized and careful to details".

Q: Describe yourself in 3 words?

A: Same answer as for "What will your former boss or co-worker say about you?".

Q: What does success mean to you?

A: Answer should not looks like a threat to an interviewer or for the company. Bad example: "I want to become a manager in this company". Good example: "I want to become a very valuable employee in your company and to become an integral part of the working team". Answer can be abstract. Good example: "When a task is completely done".

Q: Give me an example of your flexibility skills.

A: You should prepare 2-3 real-life examples. For example: "If boss asks to finish something before deadline - I always stay later or come in weekend to finish everything in time".

Q: Give me an example of your organizational skills.

A: You should prepare 2-3 real-life examples. For example: "I arrange my desk every day before I go home". Another example: "Before the end of the day I finish all low-priority tasks collected during the day". Another example: "On previous job I organize all information about the project in one place for easier sharing and maintaining it inside of the team".

Q: Give me an example of your ability to meet deadlines.

A: You should prepare 2-3 real-life examples. For example: "I always prioritize my tasks. After finishing the task - I reorder the tasks according to priority in the to-do list and move to the the next task in the list.". Another example: "I split large tasks into smaller ones during the estimation".

Q: Give me an example of your team-work skills.

A: You should prepare 2-3 real-life examples. For example: "I always help my co-workers by helping them and sometimes educate them if needed".

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

A: Answer should not looks like a threat to an interviewer or for the company. Bad example: "I want to become a manager in this company". Good example: "I see myself as having more responsibilities in this company".

Q: How do you deal with conflict at work?

A: You should tell the story about the conflict situation (or miscommunication) and you should describe how you tried to solve it. If the person does not want to solve the conflict with you - you may go with it to your supervisor. You should go to the supervisor with the problem and with the solution. Another example: "I write down an answer to a person and not sending it immediately and re-read it the next day".

Q: What did you like most of your previous job?

A: Bad example: "I was well payed" or "I got free launch". Speak about people. Good example: "My boss and co-workers were very helpful and guided me thru the issues".

Q: What did you like least of your previous job?

A: Never say bad thing about the company or about people. The interviewer may think that you will say bad things about his company after your leave. You may said bad thing that are less important. For example: "Air conditioner makes air very dry". Another example: "My co-workers were very loud and I always should use headphones".

Q: If you could change something in your life - what could it be?

A: Bad example: "I would change my country or education". You may show that you are proud who you are. Answers may show some improvements in your life. An example: "I wish I could be less scared to make changes in my life". Another example: "I wish I could speak English better". Another example: "I wish I work smarter more often than work harder".

Q: You have five bottles with pills. One bottle has 9 gram pills, the others have 10 gram pills. You have a scale that can only be used once. How can you find out which bottle contains the 9 gram pills?

A: Number the bottles 1-5. Collect a number of pills from each bottle corresponding to their bottle number. So, 1 pill from bottle 1, 2 from bottle 2, etc. If they all had 10 gram pills they should weigh 150 grams. The difference will be the number of the bottle the 9 gram pill came from. Example, bottle 3 has the 9 gram pills. Total weight read will be 147 grams. The difference of 3 is the bottle it came from.

Q: You have a bouquet of flowers. All but two are roses, all but two are daisies, and all but two are tulips. How many flowers do you have?

A: 3 flowers - 1 rose, 1 daisy and 1 tulip.

“Let’s play a game of Russian roulette. You are tied to your chair. Here’s a gun, a revolver.
Here’s the barrel of the gun, six chambers, all empty. Now watch me as I put two bullets into
the barrel, into two adjacent chambers. I close the barrel and spin it. I put a gun to your head
and pull the trigger. Click. Lucky you! Now I’m going to pull the trigger one more time. Which
would you prefer: that I spin the barrel first or that I just pull the trigger?

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