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The fact is that not all the job interviews are conducted in the same manner, hence preparing for all the upcoming interviews is quite challenging. No one ever knows what runs around in the hiring managers head.

Candidates are quite smart, they research the organization in advance, wear the appropriate wardrobe, and other aspects which are a mandatory part for the interview. They should also be aware of the questions which the hiring managers ask the candidates often. In that manner lets glimpse through top questions hiring managers to ask the candidates.

Interview Questions Hiring Managers Ask

Interview Questions Hiring Managers Ask To Test Your Personality:

1. “why are you looking for a new job”

When such questions are posed, there may not be solid reasons or circumstances, but it is advised to provide honest and brief answers for such questions. To make your answers to a positive mode, you can mention your career change of heart or your job loss. The tone must be set in a manner that you’re looking for work in your insistence and never try to oppress your previous co-workers or boss during your explanation.

  • There are quite a lot of examples which can be utilized to answer this question. You can mention that your company is restructuring and you were offered with a job internally, but you concluded to look for another job.
  • You can also mention that you thought that your job skills were stagnant in your previous job and by looking for a new job, your professional career would grow.
  • You decided to move to a new dimension and hence you are looking for a new job
  • Your company objectives and your career objectives did not match and hence you were looking out for a company with the same strategic interest as yours.

2. “tell me about yourself”

This is one of the usual questions which can be expected in almost all interviews. Do you know what the interviewer is looking for from you? You have to speak about yourself with a summary of your experiences and the abilities that you possess which associates with the job role. It is also important to speak a few words about the company so that the hirer is sure that you have done homework. Moreover, you should mention aspects which make you qualified for this job.

3. What is the position you’re looking for?

By answering this question the hiring manager would know your clear work objective. Apart from generalities, make sure what you need from your new career. Research and be ready to mention the various positions such as internet marketing, sales, graphic designer and more that are available in the organizations which are of your interest. Also, try to reinforce many ways which present that you can be an asset of the organization. Speak more about your skills and how they are linked for the benefit of the organization.

4. Why do you want to work for this organization?

You will be paid off with the research you made by answering this particular question. Now it’s time to present yourself about what you know about the company and also make sure that the skills that you link with the organization are strategic planning. Apart from usual and generalized reasons try to present professional reasons which show pride in whatever you do.

5. Can you mention the job assignments performed in your previous job?

It is mandatory, to be honest, accurate and specific and mention all the duties that you performed in your previous job, though they may not match with the one you’re looking for. This question can be perfectly answered if you have worked in a committee, volunteered any particular projects, and being held for an office position in your previous role. It would be beneficial if you offer such information.

6. What do you consider as your biggest career achievements?

It would be better if you could mention at least three where you must be sure not to blame the organization for your successes or failures. The desire and need you look for in your career can be achieved by answering this question. Try to answer achievements which you think you’re proud of.

7. When your work is started, how do you think you could establish a good relationship with the supervisors and workers?

Being a vital part of the new job, the response would be handled with enthusiasm. The answer to this question must not be taken vaguely as it is considered as vital. The main reason is productivity, which relies mainly on the relationship of staffs with one another. Also, mention the way you networked staffs in your past job.

8. After learning about the organization, me and the job role, how do you think that you can contribute?

The response to this question is one which makes you stand out or shine in an interview. If you’re well prepared for the interview, you can mention all the research and homework you have done. You can mention your skillset and expertise you have on the specific job role. Present them in such a way that they are beneficial and can be productive for the organization. Try not to stumble and give some generic answers for this scoring question.

9. Why should we hire you?

This is considered as one of the best questions as it questions the candidate about what is the special aspect which has made the candidate varied from others in the competition. This question determines who the best candidate from a stack of resumes is. The best way to answer this question is to mention your industry credentials, experience, education, and personal interests.

10. If you were to start your career again then what would do differently?

This question is considered important because the hirer wants to know the major decisions that you have made to date which presents the positives and negatives. Another reason is that it also shows how decision making skills are professionally used by the candidate. Giving smart and fruitful answers to this question is important.

11. When I contact your prior supervisor and ask him about the field that you need improvement in, which would you learn?

This question needs honest answers as they look out for your weakness and the way you project them. You can mention where you need improvement in and also mention in a positive tone, that you can work hard and turn the challenge into a success, by being focused on that specific chore.

12. Describe the best boss whom you have reported to:

This question represents how you had your past relationship with your bosses. This question is also one which underlines the work types and personality of the worker and also the candidates cultural fit, work style, and communication skills are monitored while answering this question.

13. What frustrates you?

When you answer such a question remember that you reveal your ability to work in teams, your diplomacy skills and your personality too. Mentioning the frustrations and the way you resolved them by priorities and budget basis can make you present yourself as a candidate with positive intelligence.

14. Tell me about any toughest negotiation you have been in: 

This type of question tests the negotiation skills of the candidate and the way they tackle tough negotiations. Here the candidate has to mention both the sides of the problem and explain the way negotiations are made and follow a perfect solution.

15. How do you engage your staff in one of the important decision making strategy in the organization?

By the candidate’s answer, one can get to know if the managers would involve other staffs and if it is secure. Also by the answer, the hirer can get to know the management style and aspects from the candidate such as through one to one, through communication, etc.

16. Where do you see yourself in five years?

When such a question is posed, the candidate’s eyes light up, and they start speaking about the future and how ambitious they are. They make answers about how they wanted to go and how the organization would be a ladder for their success in their career.

17. What motivates you to start your day?

The best answers candidates can give is that they have a goal to achieve because they have a competition to fight with, and to work on a specific task. By this way what keeps them going and how enthusiastic they are about their career can be found out.

18. Tell me about your proudest moments?

This is one of the honest questions which must be answered, where the candidate needs to present his professional achievements and also mention other achievements which can reveal his true character.

19. What are your strengths?

For this question, it is mandatory to mention the best attributes you possess which are not mentioned in your resume.

20. Why did you leave your previous company?

You can mention various reasons but remember not to bad mouth or speak badly about your previous employer.

21. Why there is a gap in your employment?

It is mandatory, to be honest and upfront for this question. Also, make sure to mention the gap and the way you utilized the gap as an opportunity to learn some new skills that would be beneficial for the job.

22. What can you offer which someone else cannot?

Mention your skills, talent, and knowledge that you have gained so far and how would it be beneficial for them. The answer must be something that sets you apart from others.

23. Are you willing to relocate?

Do offer an honest answer to this question as they may place you accordingly for the job.

24. Tell me the moment where you made a mistake?

Carefully handle this question; mention the ways by which you learned a lot from the mistakes and how you used it in your career, rather than simply listing your mistakes.

25. What is your dream job?

When such a question is asked be careful and mention your dream job as something that is associated with your job.

26. How did you know about this position?

This is again a chance to mention your connections and networks you possess. This shows the hirer how good you are at maintaining contacts and having networks.

27. What would you accomplish in the first 30, 60 or 90 days of the job?

Do not be over-ambitious in answering the question, develop some ideas that are creative and look for ways where you can add value to the organization.

28. Discuss your resume:

For this question remember not to just read out your resume, but design a picture and mention the ways how you were built up career wise. Mention all the skills you learned, an experience you gained and other aspects which developed you.

29. Discuss your educational background:

For this question again, instead of reading your resume tell them how you decided to land up this career and the planning you made to choose and excel in your educational background.

30. How would you handle an angry or irate customer?

This answer would show the hirer that you’re a person who can handle any difficult situation and thus your answer should be in a way where you can manage the customer.


These are a few top questions hiring manager asks in an interview for which perfect answers are required. Candidates who are in preparation mode for upcoming interviews can run through these hints and get to know the variety of questions hiring managers would ask. Based on these questions they can prepare and have an idea of how an interview would be.

Apart from these interview questions, there are other aspects too, such as body language, dressing, communication skills, etc. Candidates are to research more about all these aspects and prepare them in all ways to get success in an interview session.