4 Different Types of Interview Questions (With Examples)

Interviews can be a nerve-wracking experience. It's natural to feel nervous, but if you know what to expect, you'll feel more confident and prepared for the process. There are several categories of interview questions that employers ask candidates. It's important to prepare for each type of question so you can demonstrate your skills and knowledge in an authentic way.The following are the most common categories of interview questions:

4 Different Types of Interview Questions (With Examples)

#1 Experience and Qualification-Based Questions

These questions assess your experience, skills, and qualifications. Every company wants to hire the most qualified employees, in this category of questions you will mostly be asked questions to verify the data on your CV, questions about your work experience, your education, the certifications, training, or courses related to the field of job to which you are applying.

Some sample questions:

  • What was your higher education certificate?

  • I see that you have shifted your career to something different from your study. Can you clarify more the reason behind this?

  • How many years of experience do you have in this field?

  • It is mentioned in your CV that you left the last company after x Months.. is there a reason for this?

#2 Behavioural Questions

These questions assess your personality and how well you fit into a team if you are a problem solver or a problem maker. They also help the interviewer get to know you better. The questions are based on scenarios or situations that you may have encountered in your work or personal life. The interviewer wants to know how you handled the situation and what you learned from it.

Some sample questions:

  • Tell me about a time when you made a mistake at work, how did you handle it?

  • What do you do if your colleague in the team is not cooperative and refuses to support you or share information? 

  • How do you handle a situation where you disagree with a colleague’s decision but are not sure if it is the right thing to do?

  • Tell me about a time when your boss asked for your opinion on something, but she didn’t like what you said. What would be your approach to handling this kind of situation?

#3 Industrial Technical Questions

These questions assess your knowledge of a particular industry. 

for example, if you are applying for an English teacher position in a school, you would be asked questions related to the English language content which is instructed at the school and how to prepare the lessons and assign homework..etc.

If you are applying for a programmer position, you would be asked questions about the programming language specification, and design patterns, or would be asked to make an assignment with this language.

#4 Brainteasers Interview Questions

These questions are designed to test how quickly and accurately someone can process information. it is used to assess the problem-solving abilities of the job candidate and most importantly to assess his/her ability to approach a problem and to work under pressure, it helps employers to better understand the personality of the job candidate in approaching unconventional questions.

It is important to understand that while some questions might have really a precise scientific answer, some other questions on the other hand do not have right or wrong answers,  and whether you know the precise answer or not, your answer should show an approach of problem solving and creativity .. there could endless possibilities here!

Some sample questions:

  • How would you describe the colour yellow to a blind person?

  • How would you fight a bear?

  • Why has the year been 12 Months?

  • How would you weigh an airplane without scales?

At the end, Do you agree that “practise kills magic”? Yes! I absolutely do. And by practising and familiarising yourself with the common interview questions, you will not just increase your chances in getting the Job you are applying for, but would as well boost your confidence and make you feel more relaxed and at ease during the interview!

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