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Wouldn't it be great to know exactly what kind of basic questions you should ask in a job interview? The common interview questions are about personality traits, job culture fit, background information, experience, work habits, career goal questions, etc. You can select a combination of these questions for the job role you are interviewing for, along with other industry or domain-specific questions. 

Here is a list of the 20 most common interview questions. Most of these questions are subjective, so the answers may vary depending on the candidate’s experience and skills. You can analyse the candidate response against key parameters to make a hiring decision.

Basic Questions to ask in Interviews

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. How did you know about this job vacancy?
  3. What do you know about this company?
  4. Why do you want this job?
  5. Why should we hire you?
  6. What are your professional strengths and weaknesses?
  7. What is your greatest professional achievement?
  8. Where do you see yourself five years down the line?
  9. Define your dream job.
  10.  Why are you leaving your current job?
  11.  What do you like the most about your current job?
  12.  What do you like the least about your current job?
  13.  What kind of work environment are you comfortable with?
  14.  How do you manage your time? 
  15.  What are your hobbies?
  16.  What are the leadership skills you have?
  17.  Why is there a gap (if any) in your employment history?
  18.  Why do you want to change your career path?
  19.  How do you deal with a stressful situation at work?
  20.  What are your salary expectations? 


While different candidates may have different answers to all these basic interview questions, their responses should all be tied in some way to the job they are being interviewed for. The candidate’s answers should be concise and compelling and should help you decide if they are the right fit for the job.

Improve Hiring Accuracy with Online Screening Tests

At MeritTrac, we use proprietary technology to help you find the ideal candidate. Our online assessment platforms gather all the key insights and help you understand the candidate’s experiences, skills, morals, and what they value the most. We provide expert-curated interview questions that can be used to assess cognitive, behavior, communication, and domain-specific skills. With our online assessment platform, you can administer any job-related tests and track a candidate’s performance instantly. This way, you can consistently find top talent from a large pool of job applicants. The main benefits of MeritTrac’s assessment platforms are:

  • Test candidates from any location
  • Identify candidates with strong skills and personality that are a good fit for your company culture
  • Analyse how candidates overcome their failures 
  • Identify unskilled candidate who may not be the right fit for the current job

MeritTrac Solutions for Screening Candidates

Pariksha is an online examination software that has been used to deliver over 1 lakh behavioural, IT, management studies, and cognitive assessments. The main highlights of this hiring solution are:

  • Hybrid scientific assessment platform
  • Create, design, schedule, deliver, analyse, and report test
  • Remote assessment delivery and invigilation
  • Easy integration with external tools
  • Adaptive testing features  
  • Customisable test catalogues
  • Cloud readiness
  • Multi-platform support
  • Mobile readiness 
  • Plug and play

 SmartTest is a talent assessment software that offers over 10,000 employee evaluation assessments. The main highlights of this platform are:

  • Offers a vast range of test catalogue 
  • Seamless test delivery in three steps, catalog section, candidate mapping, and test delivery 
  • Superior candidate assessment analytics for performance benchmarking. 


CodeTrac, from MeritTrac, is a performance-based coding test platform that is used to evaluate coding talent. The main highlights of this platform are:

  • Conduct domain-specific online coding
  • Offers over 350 domain-specific tests 
  • Evaluate code correctness, coding patterns, and code efficiency
  • Use expert validated test questions 
  • Create and customise assessment questions

 SpeechTrac is a spoken English assessment platform that is used to evaluate verbal abilities. The main highlights of this platform are:

  • Automated assessment of speech fluency, pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary
  • Patented technology helps identify faults with reading and impromptu speech
  • Evaluate verbal skills against 40 phonemes
  • Conduct and monitor tests remotely


LearningBranch is used to evaluate speaking, listening, and writing proficiencies of candidates. The main highlights of this platform are:

  • Assess comprehension, writing skills, vocabulary and more
  • Willow™ Intelligent Voice Analysis to auto evaluate performance metrics during a live performance
  • Descriptive reports for quick and bias-free decision making
  • Train employees in voice, grammar, pronunciation and more


Sales Situational Personality Questionnaire, or SSPQ, is used to evaluate six personality traits. The main highlights of this questionnaire are:

  • Assign situational judgment type questions
  • Benchmark scores against the ideal candidate profile
  • Assess sociability, stress tolerance, integrity, motivation, flexibility, and organisational skills at work. 
  • Receive descriptive feedback with detailed analysis


1. How can MeritTrac’s assessment platforms be used to administer basic interview questions?

It can be a challenging task to identify both job-specific skills, behavioural qualities, and standard skill requirements in candidates using traditional interview methods. With online assessment platforms like Pariksha, SmartTest, LearningBranch, etc. you can administer basic interview questions and also advanced job-related questions.

2. What are the types of basic interview questions featured in MeritTrac’s assessment platforms?

MeritTrac’s assessments mostly feature situational judgment type questions, MCQs, multiple answer questions, and may also include fill in the blanks, true or false questions, etc.

3. Do you need technical experience to administer a test on MeritTrac platforms?

No, administering a test through MeritTrac is a fairly simple procedure. Most of the tests are automated, and the results are auto evaluated, which saves time and effort.

4. What are the USPs of MeritTrac assessment platforms?

  • Create and deliver unique test catalogues
  • Evaluate a wide range of subject knowledge and skills
  • Conduct online and computer-based tests
  • Quick result generation facilitate quick decision making
  • Remote monitoring of online tests from any location
  • On-screen marking solutions that are applicable for paper-based tests too