The Top 5 Questions

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Difficulty: Intermediate | Style: Fit interview | Topics: Personal fit

Problem Definition

  • Questions
  • Tell me something about your background.
  • Why should we hire you?
  • Describe a difficult situation and how you handled it?
  • What did your boss or colleagues criticize about you?
  • Do you rather work in a team or independently?


Almost certainly, one of the top 5 questions will be used during the interview. While listening to the answers, keep in mind the two major criteria you have to evaluate:

Can I work with this candidate closely in a team every day?
Can I send the candidate to a client alone?

Make sure, the candidate follows the three basic rules for personal fit questions:

  • Provision of a clear roadmap: The candidate has time to think of a structured answer.
  • Using distinctive answers: Examples instead of generic answers help to remember a candidate.
  • Using the answer to sell him/herself: The statements should still answer the question, but in a way that the candidate conveys useful skills.

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