10 of the Most Popular Interview Questions for 2023

June 15, 2023

Because we want you to shine, we’ve highlighted 10 of the most popular interview questions for 2023 with Premier tips on how to best respond to achieve the ultimate result- an offer!Because we want you to shine, we’ve highlighted 10 of the most popular interview questions for 2023 with Premier tips on how to best respond to achieve the ultimate result- an offer!
Common interview questions require well-prepared answers that demonstrate that you are the best fit for the job. Take note!
1.“Tell me about yourself.”  As simple and as straightforward as this seems, for some people, it can be the most difficult of the interview questions. With preparation and if approached tactfully, it can serve as an icebreaker, a way to get to know you and it can provide the interviewer with a direction in which to take the interview.
Do your homework and identify the company’s needs in a candidate and then align your achievements with those specific needs. Highlighting your value is key! Tell them something that extends beyond what you state in your resume, they’ve already read that. Tailor your answer to fit the role and the company.
Read More: A Complete Guide to Answering “Tell Me About Yourself” in an interview.
2. “Walk me through your resume.” Interviewers may ask you to walk them through your resume because a one-page document serves as a snapshot of your entire professional story. Your resume should be composed of stand-out accomplishments and impressive skills, but how you talk about these things in an interview can reveal a lot about you.
Think of your answer as an elevator pitch that focuses on your most impressive attributes. One thing interviewers certainly don’t want is a point-by-point explanation of your entire work history.
Be sure to speak about your past and present, while highlighting your most relevant experiences and accomplishments for the specific role you are interviewing for. Keep it concise and wrap up by talking about the future – connect your past career experiences and show why this job should be the next one you add to your resume.
3.“Why do you want to work at this company?” Upon first hearing this question you might assume that the hiring manager wants to learn more about what you want in your next role. To some extent this is true, however this question is asked to gauge how much you know about the brand/company, its mission and its operations. It is essential that you do your research so that you can respond with something in your answer that highlights the company’s uniqueness or a genuine aspect of the company that is a meaningful example: connection you have with the philanthropy work with mental health.
Talk about how you’ve watched the company grow and thrive, focus on the brand’s opportunities for future growth and how you can contribute to them or share how you align with the company’s core values and mission. Whichever route you choose, make sure to be specific.
 4.“What is your greatest professional achievement?” Don’t be shy when answering this interview question! This is your chance to provide more details about your successes and convince key decision-makers why you’re the candidate to hire.  Highlighting the resources that you created and/or leveraged and explaining your path to achieving the accomplishment is as equally as important as the achievement itself.
If your answer is well prepared, it will showcase your determination to perform and shine and this will leave a lasting impact on the interviewer. Show that you’re the type of person they want to hire, a valuable employee willing to go above and beyond to make the organization great.
5.“Tell me about a challenge or conflict you’ve faced at work, and how you dealt with it.” The purpose of this question is to understand your leadership capabilities during challenging times.  Leading teams inevitably comes with conflict and the most successful leaders have a number of successful outcomes. In your response, briefly describe the conflict that occurred, mention your role in the situation, explain how you approached the problem and any actions you took and lastly share results that prove how the outcome was positive.
Show the hiring manager that you are calm under pressure, a logical and reasonable person, ego-free and focused on what’s best for the company.
6. “Tell me about a time you demonstrated leadership skills.” Title has nothing to do with leadership. Leadership examples can be leveraged from management to C-level.  For the management level, use this opportunity to talk about a project you initiated or about a time you proposed a more efficient solution or helped motivate your colleagues. For C-level, highlight an example where you shifted the strategy to expand into a new category and/or distribution channel.  Be sure to give enough detail to paint a picture of the challenges and leadership traits used to create alignment.  Make your answer a concise snapshot spelling out the results of your leadership.
7. “Why are you leaving your current job?” This is a valid question that any employer wants to understand to ensure they are offering you something different that will retain you.  You have nothing positive to gain by speaking negatively about your current/past employer. Rather take this time to frame your response in a way that highlights what you are missing in your current role and what you are seeking in the next opportunity that will create a long term career home for you.
8. “What are you looking for in a new position?”  Give a specific response that conveys what challenges you’re targeting or what type of career elevation you’d like to experience next in your career. Mention something specific that excites you about their position (something you noted on the job description or something you learned in a previous interview with someone else in the company). Most importantly, show that you’re motivated.
9. “What motivates you?” Don’t panic over what may feel like a subjective question. The interviewer wants to make sure you’re excited about this role and that you’ll be motivated to succeed if you’re hired. Think back to what has energized you in previous roles or what caught your attention about this role when reading the job description. Pick one thing relevant to the role and company and reply by illustrating your point. Be honest, your enthusiasm will be palpable which will certainly be attractive to the hiring manager.
10. “Do you have any questions for us?”  An interview is also an opportunity to determine whether a job is the right fit from your perspective. What do you want to know about the position? The company? The department? The team? If most of this was covered throughout the interview, have a few less-common questions ready to go, “What’s your favorite part about working here?” or “What can you tell me about your new products or plans for growth?” It’s critical to ask questions at all stages of the interview process.
Good Luck!
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