Practicing these questions can help you feel more at ease
If you have a job interview coming up, you are probably nervous. You want to be sure to say the right things and to come off as a reliable and skilled professional. One way to help ease your nerves is to practice answering sample questions.
If your school has a Career Services department, you can schedule a mock interview. If that’s not an option for you, have a friend or family member ask you the questions. You can even practice on your own by talking into the mirror or recording yourself on your phone.
The goal of practicing these questions should be:
- to get comfortable talking about yourself and your career skills
- to organize your thoughts about what are your best career strengths
- to refine your descriptions and explanations so that you sound well-spoken
- to practice positive body language and good facial expressions
If you practice each sample question three or four times, you should feel more at ease when the day of the interview arrives. Remember, the employer will not ask these exact questions, but these questions are still a great way to practice being in the interview chair.
Commonly-asked interview questions
- Tell me about yourself.
- Why are you interested in this position?
- What skills do you have that make you a strong candidate for this position?
- Tell me about your training program/education.
- Why did you choose this career field?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- Describe a situation where you had a difficult boss and how you handled it.
- Describe a situation where you had a problem on the job and how you handled it.
- Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
- If you are offered the job, what talents could you contribute to our organization?
- How do other people describe you?
- Explain a situation where you showed leadership.
- Give an example of how you have worked as a member of a team.
- What are your professional goals?
In addition to answering questions, you should also have a list of questions that you want to ask the employer. The interviewer almost always gives you a chance to ask questions. Remember, the interview is not only for them to get to know you, but it’s also the chance for you to learn more about the job.
Questions to ask the employer at a job interview
- What are the key traits you want in an employee?
- How does this position fit into the organizational structure? To whom would I report?
- What would a typical day on the job look like?
- Is this a new position/How long has this position existed?
- Of the responsibilities in the job description, which are the most important?
- What have previous employees done in the past to be successful in this job?
- What are the key challenges/problems for someone in this position?
- What are the key challenges that the department faces? Where do you see the department in the next five years?
- How (and how often) are employees evaluated? How will my performance be measured?
- What are your favorite parts about working here?
We hope these lists of questions help you prepare for your next job interview. The more prepared you are going into the interview, the better your chances for success. For more information on preparing for an interview try What Not to Do on Your Next Job Interview. Here’s wishing you the best of luck!