Here are eight frequently asked interview questions that you are sure to face in any interview.

1. Tell me about yourself.
This question is used to get the applicant talking about their life in general. It is a good question in that it is very broad and can usually uncover a lot of different pieces and types of information.

When preparing for an interview, always have a response prepared for this question. What information you can share can be up to you but know ahead of time what you are going to say.

2. Tell me about what you did at [your last/current job].
Always expect the interviewer to have frequently asked interview questions that explore your current and previous work experience. Even if the job your are interviewing for is completely different from your previous positions, a job interviewer will ask questions to find out what you did and how things went in the past.

A good thing to keep in mind is that many people will try to use the past to predict the future. In this case, they are going to look to your past work experience to try to figure out how you are going to perform if they hire you. If your past has problems and questionable performance, they will have no choice but to assume that there will be a high probably of the same if they hire you.

Make the details about the past as positive as possible.

3. Why did you leave your last job?
Frequently asked interview questions will be asked to figure out how stable you are. This is one of these.

Finding out why you left your last job and jobs prior will say a lot about how stable you are. Meaning did you quit your last jobs and if so why? Were you let go and if so what were the circumstances that lead to that?

Your story might not be perfect. But be honest and put as positive as a spin on it as you can. Keep in mind that the employer is likely looking for hard working, trainable, loyal, and honest applicants. Answer this question so that you can give of that type of impression.

4. What is your greatest weakness?
This is one of the most common frequently asked interview questions. It is not a real fair question as we all have weaknesses and you never really want to talk about any of those when you are trying to make a positive impression and in such an important situation.

There is no perfect way to handle this question but one way to go is to share a weakness that can be viewed as a positive. Here are some examples:

I am a workaholic.
I can be a little OCD when it comes to being organized.
I am a perfectionist.
I take things too seriously sometimes.

5. What do you like to do when you are not working?
This question will be asked to learn about what kind of person you are. Do you have a lot of friends and hobbies? Or do you not do much when you are not working?

It is good to present yourself as staying busy and active when you are not working. That you have personal interests, passions, activities, etc.

6. What interests you about this job?
People that like what they do will perform better than those that don’t. This question can get asked to see if there is something that you like about the job. Or if the job is something that you could enjoy doing at some point.

7. What do you know about us?
Have you done your homework prior to the interview? That is what this question will identify. If you do not know much about the company, this means that you did not look them up and do any research.

This can tell the interviewer that you are either not real interested, a little lazy, or not real thorough in how you prepare for things. Any of those are fairly bad on the impression that you make.

8. What questions do you have for me?
This is one of the most important frequently asked interview questions as it will likely be at the end of every interview. And the way you handle it will tell the interviewer a lot.

This question is part courtesy from the interviewer allowing you to ask questions. But it is also a great way to get a feel for the applicant. If you do not have any questions, this could give a fairly negative impression as it could mean that you are not real curious, are not real thorough, have not been thinking about the job, are not serious, are not real interested, etc.

On the other extreme, if you ask good questions here, you can really end the interview on a strong note and this could be your opportunity to close the deal. Good questions to ask are questions about the company, the manager, the organization, the job, etc.

InterviewScripter helps you to prepare for frequently asked interview questions.