Interview Q & A
Job Interview Questions and Answers
Interviews are always stressful - even for job seekers
who have gone on countless interviews. The best way to reduce the
stress is to be prepared. Take the time to review the "standard"
interview questions you will most likely be asked. Also take time
to research the company so you'll be ready with knowledgeable answers.
- Name of company, position title and
description, date of employment
- What were your expectations for the job
and to what extent were they met?
- What were your starting and final levels
- What were your responsibilities?
- What major challenges and problems did
you face? How did you handle them?
- Which was most/least rewarding?
- What was the biggest
accomplishment/failure in this position?
- What was it like working for your
supervisor? What were his strengths and shortcomings?
- Why are you leaving your job?
- Why were you fired?
- Describe a typical work week
- How many hours do you normally work?
- How would you describe the pace at which
- How do you handle stress and pressure?
- What motivates you?
- What do you find are the most difficult
decisions to make?
- If the people who know you were asked why
you should be hired, what would they say?
- Do you prefer to work independently or on
- Give some examples of team work.
- What type of work environment do you
- Describe a difficult work
situation/project and how you overcame it.
- How do you evaluate success?
The New Job and Company
- What interests you about this job?
- What applicable attributes/experience do
- Why are you the best person for the job?
- Why should we hire you?
- What do you know about this company?
- Why do you want to work for this
- What challenges are you looking for in a
- What can you contribute to this company?
- Are you willing to travel?
- Is there anything I haven't told you
about the job or company that you would like to know?
- What are you looking for in your next
job? What is important to you?
- What are your goals for the next five
- How do you plan to achieve those goals?
- What are your salary requirements - both
short-term and long-term?
In addition to being ready to answer these
standard questions, prepare for behavior based interviewing.
This is based on the premise that a candidates past
performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will
you need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including
specific examples of your work experiences. The best way to prepare
is to think of examples where you have successfully used the skills
If you were fired from your job, you will need
to be prepared with an answer as to why you were fired.
Take the time to compile a list of responses
to both types of questions and to itemize your skills, values
and interests as well as your strengths and weaknesses.
Emphasize what you can do to benefit the company rather than
just what you are interested in.
Expect to have your references checked prior
to getting an offer. Plan ahead and compile a list of references
and some letters of recommendations now, so you're prepared when
the employer requests them.
The last question you may be asked is "What
can I answer for you?" Have questions of your own ready to ask.
You aren't simply trying to get this job - you are also
interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the
position are a good fit for you.