10 Important Job Interview Questions

With the current state of economic affairs in the United States and other countries being what they are, jobs are hard to come by.  If you are fortunate enough to be granted a job interview, don’t arrive unprepared.  There are many aspects to interview preparation, but an area often overlooked is interview questioning.  This particular part of an interview is twofold.  You must anticipate questions a hiring manager or recruiter might ask you as well as have questions you should ask.

To better prepare answers and questions for your interview, it is best to evaluate the company, the position, the responsibilities and your own interests.  Take into consideration the level of experience required.  Is it an entry level, mid-career, management or executive position?  Are you qualified for the position based on your experience or education?  The best way to determine what questions should be asked during your interview, is to identify information required to make your decision before accepting an offer.

Here are factors to consider when applying and interviewing for a new position:

  • Is the position in your field of expertise or industry?
  • Are you changing industries?  If so, are your skills easily transferred into the new position?
  • Is the location acceptable based on your current lifestyle, i.e., childcare or transportation?
  • Is growth important to you and if so, is this a possibility for you with this company?
  • What healthcare and financial benefits are crucial to you?
  • Do you know the salary range for the position and does it meet your needs/requirements?

These are 5 examples of questions you may be asked in an interview:

  • Why are you leaving your current position?  Why did you leave your last position?
  • Why should I hire you?  What makes you a better candidate compared to the others?
  • How does your experience qualify you for our vacancy?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How well do you adapt to change?

Five interview questions for you to consider asking:

  • How did this position become available?
  • What accomplishments would you like to see within this role?
  • When would you ideally like to have the position filled?
  • How long has this position been open?
  • When can I expect to hear back from you?

There will always be a chance a recruiter or hiring manager will ask questions you’re not prepared to answer.  Don’t panic.  Remain calm and give your best possible answer.  Interviews can be nerve wrecking, but they don’t have to be disastrous.  Your appearance, grooming, attire, communication skills, eye contact and punctuality all factor in how you will be perceived.  Once in the actual interview, remain confident while conversing. 

Asking good interview questions shows preparation, interest in the position and/or company and that you’ve done your homework.  Usually you will be asked questions first and then given the opportunity to ask your own questions.  Never reply you don’t have any questions unless they were answered during the overview process.  Good luck and stay encouraged.

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