Job interviews are extremely important when you are looking for a new job. Usually a job interview influences whether you get the job or not, and therefore it is a good idea to learn some key phrases before going into your next interview.

In the tables below we've gathered common interview questions and examples of how to answer them. Use them to practice and improve your English!

Interview Questions

Answering common interview questions is a useful practice to build up your confidence and fluency before going into an actual interview. Therefore, we've gathered some classic English interview questions for you in the table below. Try answering them for yourself and get ready for your next job interview!
Tell me about yourself.
 
Why are you applying for this job?
 
Why should I hire you?
 
How can you contribute to our company?
 
What kind of previous work experience do you have?
 
What is your biggest strength?
 
What is your biggest weakness?
 
Tell me about a difficult work situation and how you overcame it.
 
Tell me about a time you failed and how you learned from that.
 
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
 
What are some goals that you have?
 
Do you have any questions for me?
 
 

Answering Interview Questions

If you are having trouble answering interview questions like the ones in the table above, then it can be helpful to look at example responses to interview questions. That way you can find inspiration for your own answers. In the table below we've gathered some examples to help you do this. Take a look!
I previously worked as a store manager for three years.
 
I am a fast learner and enjoy working together with others.
 
I'm looking to get more experience in this field.
 
I heard about this opening from my friend who is currently employed by you.
 
My biggest strength is my curiosity and love of learning.
 
I hope to improve the skills I gained in my last position.
 
I completed an internship with this company during my studies.
 
I work well under pressure and am able to stay focused.
 
I am very flexible and easily adapt to new environments and challenges.
 
 

Answers to the Most Common Questions

What are the most important English interview questions and answers that I should know?
  • Tell me about yourself.
  • Why are you applying for this job?
  • I hope to improve the skills I gained in my last position.
  • I work well under pressure and am able to stay focused.
  • What kind of previous work experience do you have?
  • Do you have any questions for me?
  • I am a fast learner and enjoy working together with others.
  • I'm looking to get more experience in this field.
What is the structure of a job interview?
Job interviews in English-speaking countries always begin with introductions. Afterwards the individuals involved in the interview will have a conversation that is made up of important questions and answers. Don't forget to ask questions yourself if you are the one being interviewed! At the end of an interview, you say your goodbyes.
How should I prepare for an job interview?
The best way to prepare for a job interview is to practice as much as possible. Ask your friends or family to help you practice and to give you advice on how you can better answer questions or argue your point. Learning key phrases as well as common interview questions and answers is also a good idea. You should also research the job that you are applying for as much as possible and think of ways why you would be the best person for that job.