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What Questions Are Asked in a Job Interview?

Updated on April 6, 2022
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Angela is a business owner and blogger who is learning her way through the professional world.


Four Things to Do Before the Interview

  1. Before going to the interview, make sure you know about the business. Learn its history and think about how you could be an asset to their specific needs—being well-informed shows that you are very invested in helping them grow.
  2. Be familiar with questions that a prospective employer may ask so that way. You may have well-thought-out responses.
  3. Plan appropriate attire. If you have heard the expression "dress for the job you want," there is truth to it. It is a good idea to try to dress equal to the person interviewing you; this way, they will see you as an equal. It is a good idea to be familiar with the company's dress before you go.
  4. Be prepared with extra resumes, licenses, etc., and other items that you may need. Being prepared shows them you have responsibility.

Once you enter, show confidence, keep eye contact and give a respectful handshake. Afterward, follow up with a note in the mail, email, or call to show you are still interested.

What Do You Bring to a Job Interview?

Before you walk into a job interview, you must be prepared. You want to look professional; this may include a suit, a briefcase, etc. You also want to make sure you bring:

  • Extra copies of the resume if it applies.
  • A pen and notepad to show you are eager to hear what they have to say.
  • References in case they ask.
  • Questions you are prepared to ask so they know you are serious.
  • License or id, in case you are hired on the spot.


What Are Common Job Interview Questions?

Answering questions from an interviewer are one of the hardest parts of a job interview. Therefore, it is essential to prepare beforehand. was one of the most helpful sites for my research, and they gave many great examples of possible interview questions. Here are several that they listed with some tips on answering them.

Tell Me About Yourself?

Try to hold your answer to no longer than two minutes.

Briefly explain to them your home life. Choose details that might make you more relatable. If an interviewer has pictures of their kids, mention that you are a mom or dad. If they have pictures of them at parties, talk about how important friends are to you. If they feel they can relate to you outside of work, they are more apt to envision you working with them.

Then go on to talk briefly about your business background.

What Do You Know About Your Company?

Check the company's website, ask friends that know the business, or even call and ask the receptionist questions you have about the company before the interview. They want to know that you are interested in the industry. If you go in without any previous knowledge, they might not take you seriously for the job.

Job Interview Tips Video

What Do You Believe Is the Most Difficult Part of Being a Supervisor of People?

Make sure to put a positive spin on your answer. Tell them how you deal with the difficult portions, not just what the difficult part is. Show them that you can handle it with grace and style, although it was difficult.

Why Are You Looking for a New Career?

Be careful not to put down your previous employers in this section. If it is because you are unhappy with your last employment, tell them what you are looking for. For instance, instead of, "My last job had a lot of drama, nasty boss, and I wanted out of there," answer, "I would like a job where I can build good relationships in a productive environment."

How Would Your Colleagues/Boss Describe You?

Again be honest; they may ask them themselves. Although make sure you use upbeat words to describe yourself: conscientious, hardworking, detail-oriented, team player, etc.


What Do You Think of Your Present/Past Boss?

Be wary of talking negatively about them. Make sure to point out some positive aspects about them. For instance, maybe they are verbally abusive to staff, but you can say, "They were excellent at talking with clients."

How much do you expect if we offer you this position?

Know what to expect and be willing to be flexible within a reasonable range.

Why Do You Want To Work for Us?

Know the business beforehand. Like above, make sure to check out the company's website. The receptionist at a job is an excellent way to learn a lot about a company. Call her beforehand.

What Other Positions Are You Considering?

Know what other positions the business needs, or show them that you want to move up in the company. You may not be qualified today for upper management, but you might be in a few years with more experience.

What Position Do You Expect to Have in 2 to 5 Years?

Aim for a higher position so they know you are motivated.

If You Took the Job What Would You Accomplish the First Year?

They want to make sure you have goals and plan on staying for the long haul. By understanding the business itself and the position, you will better be able to answer this question.


Interview Question Tips: What to Ask Your Prospective Employer

Asking questions shows that you are interested in the business, position, and becoming employed. Often the most challenging part is knowing what to ask. Some of the best questions to ask are about the company itself or the position. gave some great suggestions. Here are a few of theirs:

  1. Why is this position open? If they answer that the person was let go, a follow-up question could be: What would you like done differently by the next person who fills this position?
  2. What are some of the objectives you would like to see accomplished in this job?
  3. What are some of the long-term objectives you would like to see completed?
  4. What advancement opportunities are available for the person who is successful in this position, and within what time frame?

What Questions Are Illegal to Ask in a Job Interview?

To truly protect yourself, if you have any concerns, I would strongly recommend talking to a lawyer versed in employment. As a rough guide, it is illegal to discuss any of the following topics:

  • Age
  • Race, ethnicity, color, nationality, birthplace, etc.
  • Gender or sex
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • Marital status
  • Familial status
  • Pregnancy.

© 2013 Angela Michelle Schultz


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