General Interview Questions

Typical interview questions and how to prepare for them

Many interviewers will ask you common interview questions.

You don’t need to memorize the answers but our recommendation is to think about how you would answer those questions when preparing for an interview. It will help you to feel more confident and less on the spot.

1. Why don’t you tell me something about yourself?

Prepare a pitch, which highlights your most important skills and achievements. Keep it concise and short (1 – 2 minutes) and be specific to set yourself apart from other candidates. Refer to the position you interview for and point out why you would be a good asset to the company.

Example: I am a full-stack developer with 7 years of experience. I specialize in Java and the front-end stack and have a passion for Angular. I have a strong eCommerce background and developed products for several high-profile companies like eBay. Additionally to my technical skills, I took over more responsibility over the years and am now leading a team. As you are active in the eCommerce sector and are looking for a developer who can also lead a small team, I believe that I could be a good asset to your company and help you deliver great products for your clients.

Stir up curiosity so that the interviewer wants to know more about you.

2. Tell me about one project you liked.

Describe one project so that the interview can understand it without having to take a look at the product. Pick one project that you really liked so that you can talk about it with enthusiasm. Clarify your role in the project.

The following bullet point can help you to structure your answer

  • What was the purpose of the project?
  • Who was the client?
  • What were your tasks and responsibilities?
  • What technologies did you use?
  • What was the outcome of the project and what did you learn from it.

Explain as much as needed to fully understand the project but remember to keep it short and concise.

3. Tell me about a challenging situation that resulted in a positive outcome and what you learned from it.

Make sure that you choose a specific situation in which you were facing a challenge. Discuss how you investigated the issue and what your contribution was to find a solution. Point out what you learned from the situation or would do differently the next time. Attention: Avoid to speak negatively about a past employer!

The interviewer wants to know what you learn from difficult situations and is interested in your problem solving skills.

4. What are your biggest strengths?

The employer wants to know if your strengths are in line with what the company is looking for in a candidate. Study the job spec and find out which qualifications the ideal candidate should have. Write down which of your strengths correspond to those qualifications and note one example for each strength. They key to a good answer is not name countless strengths, but to narrow it down to a maximum of 3 and to “prove” that you possess them.