Popular Interview Questions in 2022

These Interview Questions Are Popular in 2022
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Popular Interview Questions in 2022

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Where do you want to be in five years? Why do you want to work at this company? Tell me about yourself. 

Those have been some of the more common questions used in job interviews over the years. And they all have a purpose, even if, as a job seeker, you are not sure of that purpose when certain questions are asked. 

But keep this in mind when preparing for your next job interview: There is a reason you were selected for the interview and a reason why employers ask the questions they do.

The Purpose of Popular Interview Questions

Interviewing is a game in matching, says Renee Zung, Vice-President of Keystone Partners, a career outplacement and leadership development firm. Think of it as buying a pair of shoes — the shoes are the right color and style, but they need to fit for you to purchase them. During an interview, you need to showcase how you match, or fit, the company’s culture and be motivated to perform the duties of the position. 

“You got the interview because your skills and experience match the job description,” says Zung.

“During the interview, your job is to show the hiring manager that you are a match for the culture and have the motivation to succeed in the role. Hiring managers want their employees to be enthusiastic and motivated to get the job done with little supervision, be flexible, adapt to change, and handle ambiguity.”

Popular Interview Questions: Why Are They Being Asked?

Zung, and Corey Berkey, Senior Vice President of Human Resources for Jobvite, an applicant tracking software and recruiting platform, provide some popular interview questions and explain why these questions are being asked in today’s modern job interview.  

Question: How have you adapted to working remotely? What do you do differently now? 

Berkey: “Most candidates are very honest about how the last year has gone. Understanding how they have adapted to change is very transferrable to other work; being able to speak to how their individual remote work processes have evolved shows an ability to be self-aware, to adjust when things aren’t working, and to learn from situations as they go — all critical and transferable skills in the new marketplace for talent.” 

Question: What is important to you in a career and company?

Berkey: “We know through The Great Resignation that Americans feel so confident about employment prospects that they are quitting in record numbers. There is a worry among companies about turnover and retaining employees. Through questions like this, we hope to uncover what about the company or role a candidate would find fulfilling — 

because what we’re seeing right now is that workers are resigning in droves from jobs that are not fulfilling or providing the benefits they want. We want to make sure that we listen to their answers and show them how our organization’s support structure aligns with their needs. It also allows us to hear what people are looking for and put our best foot forward when it comes to attracting top talent.”

professional in interview

Question: What was the biggest challenge of working remotely for you? 

Berkey: “This allows the candidate to put a spotlight on their practical problem-solving skills. This is a real-world situation that everyone can speak to because no one’s transition was perfect (unless they’d already refined their work-from-home arrangement in advance of the pandemic). It’s something that candidates usually speak about easily and can be a great question for early in the conversation to build rapport and get the discussion going.”

Question: Give an example of a time you showed resilience or agility.

Zung: “During these uncertain times, interviewers want to know that you can pivot and think on your feet when things outside of your control can change overnight. The goal is to tell the interviewer a time when you were able to turn a challenging situation into an opportunity to grow and improve.”

Question: Tell me about a time you had to learn a new technology or approach. 

Zung: “The interviewer is not trying to test your technical knowledge but rather understand how you learn new technology and whether you learn independently with little to no guidance.”

Question: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Zung: “Unconventional interview questions are no longer limited to companies such as Google. Unconventional questions are often meant to break the rhythm of a typical interview and take you by surprise. Your answers may reveal how you handle pressure, your creativity and problem-solving skills, and how you might fit the team culture.”

professionals working remotely

Question: What are you most proud of in your professional life, or what is one thing you would do over in your professional life?

Zung: “Hiring managers ask these questions to see what you consider brag-worthy; they want to know what type of culture/work environment you thrive in. If they ask what you would do over, the hiring manager wants to know if you can self-reflect and admit a mistake and what steps you took to change your career path.” 

Question: What 3 words would your coworkers use to describe you? And why?

Zung: “Hiring managers are curious about whether you are self-aware, and they can learn from these three words what type of team player or co-worker you will be. They know that you have the skills, but will you be a fit for the culture?” 

Question: Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to a major change within your organization?

Zung: “Employers need employees to be able to adapt to change without losing productivity or need for extensive training.” 

Question: Tell me how you manage multiple priorities and timelines? What is your time management method to meet the deadlines?

Zung: “The hiring manager wants to learn how you manage your time and whether you are effective at it.”

Question: Describe a time you failed or had to adopt a new approach to succeed. How did you know change was necessary? What actions did you take? What was the result?

Zung: “Being able to admit you have failed and learned from it is a quality that all managers look for in a future employee.”

Make an Impression 

Remember, an interview should not be an interrogation — if it is starting to feel like one, you might need to seriously question the company culture. Instead, it should be a conversation, a back and forth, give and take. To make the best impression during an interview, follow this one consistent piece of advice: Be yourself.

Professionals during an interview

Expect the unexpected when it comes to the type of questions employers can ask. Be honest and be yourself, and you will shine. 

“Receiving the invitation to interview is a great feeling for all job seekers,” says Zung. “My advice to job seekers is to treat an interview as a conversation rather than as a test. Remember to be authentic.”

Matt Krumrie
Matt Krumrie
Matt Krumrie is a freelance writer and resume writer from Minnesota. Learn more at ResumesByMatt.com and/or connect with Matt on LinkedIn.

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