18 Top Job Interview Questions And Best Answers In Nigeria – 2019
This article contains questions job interviewers are most likely to ask during a job interview and the best answers you should give.
Making it to a job interview most times is very difficult. Sometimes you must have passed different levels of screening before you will finally be invited for an interview.
Although some recruiting companies invites seeking employees straight to an interview. Most times, in this situation you will find so many people also coming for the interview. They are all looking for what you are also looking for.
The best way you can have an edge over other other candidates is to have an idea of the likely questions you will be asked.
Knowing these questions you will prepare yourself on how to answer them.
It’s great when the questions are not new to your ears – it will ease you and give you more confidence while answering them.
The most likely job interview questions in are listed below, with the best to answer each of the questions
Job Interview Questions And Answers
1. How much do you know about our company?
This is one question that throws candidates off balance. If it is a popular company like a bank, an insurance firm and so on – you may have lot to say.
The problem comes in when you know little about the company.
Once a company sends you an invitation to an interview, the next thing you should do it visit their website and study the information they have their.
Some good points to give are:
- Whats they do.
- Date it was established.
- The name of the founder.
- The company’s objective and vision.
- The CEO and some executives members.
- The person heading the department you will work for if employed.
2. Give us a reason why we should employ you?
This where you have to prove yourself. The kind of answer you will give here can varies depending on the kind of company, what they do and the job you applying for.
Your answer should not be direct, you shouldn’t just say “because I believe am the best for the job” or “I have the best qualification” or “best experience”.
Implied answer is the best here. For instance you can say something like “I believe every company need the help of their staff to achieve it’s goals, staff that will put the company interest first. Working for this company I will put the interest of the company first in anything I do here if employed, I don’t mind working overtime if needed to – just to make sure this company get to the place it wants to be”.
3. What is your biggest strength?
You should know your strength, channel it to go in line of the job position. Strength that will help improve the way you will work is always the best. Don’t list so much of them, one, two or three is OK – depending on how the question was asked.
For instance if you are applying for marketing job and you are good in approaching people and starting up conversation. That should be a good strength to will help in carrying out your job duty.
Again take good note of singular and plural to know when to give just an answer or more.
4. What is your biggest weakness?
Never say you don’t have a weakness to seem perfect. If you say your don’t have a weakness it means either you are lying or you don’t know yourself very well.
Give them a weakness your are already trying your best to correct.
For instance “my biggest weakness is stage fright, I used to find it very difficult to address multitudes, but over times now I have been working seriously on it, am now more relaxed and have a higher confidence when talking to crowds.
5. Why did you leave your previous job?
To answer this question make sure that you included that previous job is included your your CV, else you may be challenged.
You must be very careful here because it is a tricky question. Choose the words you alter carefully. You can’t just say that your previous employer is very annoying, or maybe he don’t pay salary on time.
Is best never to say a bad thing about your previous employer. Else they will feel that someday you may also say bad things about them.
Career related answers are the best here. You can say something like. “my previous jobs is very nice but I quit because I need a job that is more challenging, a kind of job that will give me more exposure to pursue my career objective”.
Please note that if you were sacked from your previous job, it is advisable not to mention that, else there is a cogent reason and solid backup for that.
6. What is your biggest achievement in life?
Not everyone has really achieved big things. It’s best for your answer to be career or academically related. If there is something great you have done in your previous job an awarded for, it should be a great achievement. In addition to that, other achievements can be your university degree, a skill you acquired or a big problem you have solved in the society. Try to keep this very simple.
7. Where do you want to be five years from now?
This is a personal question, only you know where you wish in five years time. It’s good to have big dreams that are realistic.
You may even be asked how you plan to achieve it. This is why your dreams should be realistic. I don’t think this question should at all be a problem.
8. What salary do you expect from us?
If the salary was stated in the job description, then just tell them “according to job description the salary is so and so, and that was my expectations before applying for the job”
But if the salary was not stated in the job description then you can bring in smart logic to play. For instance you can say something like, “I was receiving N120,000 monthly in my previous job, something better than my previous pay will be highly motivating”.
Before saying this – mind the figures you will mention, and know the company’s average pay and strength. Else they may feel they can’t afford to pay you, or maybe you won’t be satisfied with what they will offering you. This means once you see a better offer from another company you will leave them. Be smart.
9. What will be our company benefit if we employ you?
Answer this question by mentioning your strengths, skills, qualifications and experience. Explain to them how you will put all these in use to help the company achieve it’s aim and objective. You may also mention the objectives and visions of the company when answering this question.
10. How will you handle all your responsibilities if we employ you?
Before attending an interview you must have know the job position, descriptions and responsibilities.
The main essence of this question is to know if you actually know the responsibilities of the job you applied for, or if you have a better way of solving such issue.
Simple summarize the main job responsibility (not all) and then explain how you were able to tackle such in your previous job. If you have a new ideas bring it here.
If your previous job responsibilities are not related to this, then let them know your passion for such and that you are willing to learn and follow instructions in the course of your duty.
11. If your friends could describe you in one word, what would it be?
This you must have an answer to before attending any interview. If you don’t know what to say I suggest you start asking your friends this question now.
Definitely you will get different answers from your friends. Pick the best answer. The answer you give may not matter much, your interviewers only want to see your approach to the question. Of course they know one will never say something bad about yourself.
12. What would you like to know about our company?
If you have studied about them company before coming for the interview, you should came up with at least one question you will ask them. It’s best if you can ask them at least a question about the company, this means that you already know much about the company.
13. When will you start working for we give you the job now?
Never say “immediately” this will make it look as if you are desperate. Else your service is needed right away. Though this happens in rare cases.
Your answer should depend on weather you already have an employer or not. Another factor is proximity from you stay to the company. Remember some people travels to another state just to attend an interview. In such case you may need some few days before you can start.
It’s best to be real and realistic to this question.
14. What would you do in the first few months of working for us?
To answer this question you must understand and be grounded in the job you are applying for. You will answer the question base on the job responsibilities.
15. Can you work under pressure?
Not everyone can work under pressure. But you should say “yes” or give a positive answer.
Those who can’t work under pressure ends up making lots of errors if put under pressure. I believe you won’t like them to see you as such a person.
But if you know you can’t cope a bit when working under pressure then be very honest with yourself.
16. What would you like to improve about our company?
Here since you don’t really know much about the company you will have to be careful about what you say.
An answer similar to what I stayed below will be nice.
“Am sure there are limitations for every employee, when employed I will know my limits and things expected of me. If I have any idea that will improve or benefit the company I will simply take it to the management to look into”
17. Do you have any religious convictions?
Don’t say much here. Speak little about what you belief, don’t criticize others belief and let them know respect people’s beliefs.
18. Is there any other companies you will like to work for?
Don’t answer this directly. If you say yes that means you may have been making some efforts and if that companies invites you to join them you will gladly drop the job they will employ you for.
Technical answer is the best here , something like “If there is I won’t be here”