The interviewing process can be tough. You’re trying to gauge culture fit, determine qualifications, avoid bias, and compare multiple candidates—all while trying to get an accurate picture of the person on the other side of the table. If you haven’t prepared in advance, it’s easy to fall back on popular interview questions you’ve heard time and time again.
But a question’s popularity isn’t a measure of its quality—in fact, it can get in the way of an accurate candidate assessment. We’ve listed some of the most common interview questions below, along with explanations of why they aren’t effective and some suggestions for what to ask instead, so you can make the most of each interview.