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Trickiest job interview questions: Google search data reveals the top 50

by LLB Reporter
25th May 21 8:40 am

New research by Clarity Visual Management, has revealed the job interview questions people are researching the most.

Using Google search data, Clarity have ranked the top 50 questions jobseekers in the UK are struggling to answer.

Young workers in Britain have been hit hardest by the Covid-19 pandemic. Nearly 635,000 under 35s have lost their jobs in the year to March – almost 80% of all job losses. Within that 635,000, 436,000 jobs were held by under 25s.

Soon an influx of graduates will also be searching for work, along with the thousands left unemployed. Because of this many more people in 2021 will be going through the tough interview process looking for work.

Job interviews can be daunting – most of us have felt discouraged at some point after an interview horror show. The best way to settle the nerves and improve success rate in interviews is preparation.

Clarity have found the top 50 job interview questions, by how many people are searching for answers on Google. This was based off a Glassdoor survey on common interview questions.

The study found the question that people research the most is…

“What questions do you have for me?”

Rank Interview Question Number of Google Searches (2020)
1 What questions do you have for me? 837,380
2 Describe yourself 586,240
3 What are your weaknesses? 438,030
4 Why do you want to work for us? 302,350
5 What are your strengths? 216,210
6 Why should we hire you? 134,910
7 What are your salary requirements? 91,290
8 What motivates you? 87,120
9 Where do you see yourself in five years? 70,870
10 What can you offer us someone else can’t? 67,050

According to employment website Monster, most people answer ‘no’ to this question – which, they also say, is also the wrong answer. The advice from various employment sites, including Monster and Indeed, is that candidates should always come prepared with questions for their interviewer to increase their chances.

Other questions that have everyone frantically prepping on Google include, “what are your weaknesses?” and “where do you see yourself in five year’s time?”

For almost all of the questions, preparation is the key. Clarity provided advice on how to answer the top 10 to help job candidates with their preparation.

With these latest rankings, candidates can make sure they research the right questions and never get caught cold in interview again.

Damian White, Managing Director at Clarity Visual Management said, “I think many of us have been stumped in a job interview at some point and it’s interesting to see which questions people prepare the most for.

“The findings could be useful for businesses too – employers could think about using some of the less researched questions to really test candidates and keep them on their toes!”

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