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Top 45 Job interview questions and answers in Nigeria

Preparing for an interview for a job in Nigeria is like getting ready to go to the battlefield because you need to master how questions are asked and understand the right answers to give your interviewers.

Job Interview questions are numerous but the top 45 that work in Nigeria are listed below:

  1. Can we know you?

When asked this question, the interviewers want to know who you really are as regards the position being applied for. They want to know how your experiences and traits fit the job role. Not mentioning what is on your resume will be a plus at this point.

  1. Why should we hire you instead of someone else?

In response to this question, the employer wants to know why your skills are a good match for the role.

  1. Do you know anything about our company?

Here, the employer needs to see that you are curious about the company so showing that you did some research about what they do will be an added advantage to you. Know the basics of the company and explain what you have digested to them.

  1. Why is it important for you to get this job?

Explaining how your qualifications fit the company’s goal, mission and vision would be a great answer here.

  1. Why did you quit your previous job?

The interviewer wants to know if you were fired or if you resigned amicably. Whatever answers you give here should be positive. Never speak ill of your previous employer.

  1. Have you handled challenges before?

Here you have to give examples of specific challenges you handled and the strategies you used in solving them.

  1. What is success to you?

The interviewers want to know about your personality and ethics of work

  1. What is your motivation while working?

Here, mention factors like goals and achievements

  1. How do you handle a difficult person?

The answers and examples you give here should be real, professional and strategic.

  1. What do your former employers say about you?

Give positive and pure response here because it can be verified.

  1. Under pressure, how well do you work?

Giving examples with accomplished timelines would be needed here

  1. What do you hate most about working with people?

Letting the interviewer know how good you are as a team player is the right answer to give.

  1. What ideas are you bringing on board?

They want to know what values you have and the motivation behind those values

  1. What is your greatest strength?

You should mention your strengths that the company can benefit from.

  1. What is your greatest weakness?

When talking about this, do not mention the weakness that relates to your job role. Also inform them you are looking to improve on the weakness mentioned.

  1. What is your most important achievement?

Here, they want to see how determined you are to excel and the length you will go to do that. State it and explain how you achieved it.

  1. Where do you see yourself in five years time?

Let them know how far you will go to achieve your dreams. Let your goals be specific and proactive.

  1. What do you expect from your new role?

Here, reiterate the job description and say you are ready to learn new skills.

  1. What salary are you expecting?

If stated in the job role, tell them but if not, do not sell yourself short. You should have done some research to know how much they pay for that role.

  1. Do you have any question about our company?

Do not say you have none but ask so they know you are interested in knowing about the company.

  1. When do you intend starting?

Do not be specific but whatever you tell them should favour you.

  1. What improvement can you bring to our company?

Do not say anything negative about the company but try to build on some of their goals and how you can be of value to them.

  1. How soon would you expect an increment in salary?

Do not give specifics but rather ask them what their policy on promotion states.

  1. How long will you work with us?

Let them know you are ready to grow with them but do not state a duration.

  1. Do you take office work home?

Do not say yes or no. Just let them know meeting deadlines are important and you will do all you can to achieve that.

  1. What do you use your free time for?

Know that whatever you say will be used to judge your character. Be precise and avoid dishing out irrelevant information.

  1. What will you tell your boss if you discover he is wrong?

They want to know how you react in tough situations.

  1. What qualities do you look out for in a supervisor?

Let them know those qualities you desire but also inform them you can work independently.

  1. Have you ever disciplined an employee?

If yes let them know about your listening skills and problem- solving skills.

  1. How would you feel if you are not selected?

Do not show them how sad you will be but re-emphasize your skills and how bad the company needs you.

  1. Have you heard anything bad about our company?

All the interviewer wants to see is your reaction to his question. How you react to this is important.

  1. How often do you fall ill?

They want to know how that would affect your job so be diplomatic when answering this.

  1. What question would you ask if you were the interviewer?

Here, they want to know how fast you think on your feet. You must ask a reasonable question.

  1. Do you have a management style?

They want to know if you have any leadership skill.

  1. How will internal politics affect the way you work?

You need to let them know you won’t be affected by them.

  1. Do you think you are too qualified for this role?

Here, let them know you are the best candidate for the role

  1. What is your ideal dream job?

Do not talk about any specific job but rather speak on the type of work environment you want.

  1. Did you ever have a problem with your former boss?

Never say bad things about your former boss no matter what you say.

  1. If your company does something illegal, what would you do?

Here, they want to know what work ethics you have and what your character is.

  1. Is money more important to you than work?

Never admit money is more important. Let them know your work is equally important.

  1. If you were to rate yourself, what would it be?

Rate yourself high and tell them you are simply the best they can get.

  1. How would you rate the interviewer if asked?

Do not be negative and do not be overly complacent.

  1. Do you think your skills don’t fit this role?

Do not put yourself down but rather sell yourself to convince them.

  1. Do you easily get angry?

They want to know how much temperance you have in you so mind what you say.

  1. Being married, will that affect your performance?

They want to know how you can balance being a family man and working. Be diplomatic when answering such a question.

Priscillia Peters

This article was written by Priscillia Peters.