Interview Questions You May Be Asked

We have prepared a list of potential questions that may be asked during an interview.  Along with the questions, we have included information the interviewer will be seeking in your response.  Remember, you want to answer the question they asked, so answer the question with a short, precise answers so they can move on to the next questions.

  1. Why do you want to change jobs or why did you leave your last job?
    Response: Why you are seeking a change.  You want to be honest, but make sure you do not use too many negatives about your current situation or employer.
  2. What do you identify as your most significant accomplishment?
    Response: Your strengths – what have you accomplished in your career.  Try to be specific.
  3. How many hours do you normally work per week?
    Response: They are looking to see if you are willing to make sure the job is done and work outside your stated hours to make sure your responsibilities are met.
  4. What did you like and dislike about your last job?
    Response: He/she is looking for negatives, give positives only!
  5. How did you get along with your superiors and subordinates?
    Response:  They know people do not always work well together, but they want to hear that you will make every effort to work well with other managers and/or employees.
  6. How would you evaluate the company you were with last?
    Response: Your ability to judge fairly is being evaluated with this question. Point out the positives before listing a few negatives.  They know the situation is not perfect or you would not be seeking another position. But they also do not want to hear everything you dislike about your current position.
  7. What best qualifies you for the available position?
    Response: With this question, you want to directly apply your experience/qualifications to what he/she is looking for…..again, try to use some specific statements.
  8. How do you feel about our company - its size, industry, competitive position?
    Response: They are going to want to know you researched their company and you are interested in joining them.
  9. What interests you most about the available position?
    Response: Talk about responsibilities and career growth.
  10. What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
    Response: Be positive....try to turn your weakness into a positive.  But do not be afraid to list a couple things you believe you can improve on.  They will respect honesty.
  11. What are your career goals?
    Response: Express your long terms goals of advancement, but do not over qualify yourself for the position. They want to hire a candidate that will be “happy” in the positions.
  12. How aggressive are you?
    Response: Competitive aggressiveness is what is being evaluated.  They are looking for someone who will fit the position.
  13. What motivates you to work?
    Response: Sense of accomplishment and reward of getting the job done is always a good answer.
  14. Would you rather work alone or on a team?
    Response: When answering this question, keep in mind what the position entails and employer is looking for.
  15. What salary do you expect?
    Response: Try to avoid providing a specific amount.  You can always use a range that can be further narrowed once you know more about the specific responsibilities and cost of living in the area.
  16. Why should we hire you?
    Response: List your strengths as they apply to the positions needs.  They are going to want to hear you are confident that you can fill the requirements and responsibilities they are seeking.
  17. Do you want the job?
    Response: Employer is looking for interest in the position and company.  Answer honestly either way - It is an excellent opportunity or I really want the job! DO NOT BE AFRAID TO TELL THEM YOU WANT THE JOB.  THAT IS WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR.