Typical job interview questions and suggestions on how to answer them.
Here are some of the most common job interview questions:
Can you tell me about yourself? Talk about jobs you have held and things you have done that relate to the position you are interested in. Limit it to work-related matters unless instructed otherwise. Such as: Your leadership skills, your professional expertise, your problem-solving skills, your positive attitude, etc...
Are you a team player?
Say yes, and mention good examples that highlight your team player attitude. Be careful not to brag.
What are you looking for in a job? A good answer here would be: A job where I can contribute, love the work and can’t wait to get to it, and like the people I work with.
Why did you leave your last job? Don't refer to a major problem with management and never speak negatively of the company, supervisors or co-workers. You'll be the one looking bad if you do. Talk about searching for new opportunities, a new challenge, a chance to grow and do something special.
Why should we hire you? Don't compare yourself to other candidates. Just mention how your assets can fill the company's needs.
Tell me about your ability to work under pressure. Give an example when you succeed under certain types of pressure that relates to the type of position you are applying for.
Aren’t you overqualified for this position? Point out that you are very well qualified for the position. Regardless of your qualifications.
Are you willing to work overtime? Weekends? This is up to you. Be honest.
Describe your work ethic. Mention work qualities that will be beneficial to the organization. Such as: your determination to get the job done, work hard but enjoy your work, your focus and concentration, your willingness to listen to suggestions and ability to work with others.
How long would you expect to work for us if hired? Don't be specific. Say something like: I’d like it to be for a long time, or for as long as we both feel I’m doing a good job. Or tell the interviewer that you are interested in a long term professional growth.
We don’t have many employees who are your age. Would that bother you? Be honest. If you are not comfortable, point that out.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Trick question. Do not reveal any personal areas of concern here. Let them do their own discovery.
What are your salary requirements?
In this situation is better to say something like: That’s a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position?
If the interviewer doesn't know or won't tell you, say something like: It can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide
range. It's a good idea to do a market research about salary range for the position so you can place a reasonable number in front of your interviewer.
Do you have any questions?
Have some questions prepared related to how you'll be an asset to the company. Such as: What type of projects will I be able to assist on? How soon will I be able to be productive for your organization?
Are you applying for other jobs? Be honest but keep the focus on this job and what you can do for this company.
Common illegal job interview questions:
When is your birthday?
Are you a U.S. citizen?
What is your native language?
Where were you or your parents born?
When did you graduate from college?
Who do you live with?
Are you married?
Do you plan to have a family?
How many kids do you have?
What are you child care arrangements?
What clubs or social organizations do you belong to?
Have you ever been arrested?
How much do you weigh?
What is your medical history?
Do you have any disabilities?
Have you had any recent or past illnesses or operations?
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