Most Commonly Asked Interview Questions

Questions at the Beginning of the Interview

Questions Regarding Education

How did you learn about this position?
Are you familiar with our company?
Why are you interested in working with our company?
Why do you think you are qualified for the position?

What formal education have you had?
What is our major area of study? Why did you select this major?
What is your current Grade Point Average (GPA)?
Have you received any honors? If so, what are/were they?
What courses did you enjoy the most? Why?

Questions Regarding Your Interest

Questions Regarding Your Experience

Are you presently employed? If so, does your employer know of your interest in changing jobs?
Why do you want to change jobs?
Why did you enter this field?
What is the ideal job for you?
If you could have any position, what would it be? Why?
What would you like to be doing three years from now?

Why did you leave your previous job?
Did you have any problems with your previous supervisor?
What duties in the past did you like the best? Least? Why?
What are your greatest strengths? Weaknesses?
Why should we hire you?
NOTE: On salary, have an idea of an appropriate salary before going on an interview, check similar job advertisements.

Questions You May Want To Ask

Interview Don'ts!

Could you please describe the specific duties of the job?
Was there anything else in my resume you would like me to explain in more detail?
Could you tell me a little about the person/people I will be working with if I am accepted for the position?
Can you tell me about any advancement prospects with this position?
When do you anticipate making a hiring decision?
Is there a probationary period? How long?

Avoid nervous gestures and movements (fidgeting, tugging at clothes, stroking hair or face).
Placing personal items or hands on interviewers desk.
Do not interrupt. Let the interviewer complete all questions or statements before speaking.
Ask important questions ONLY. Do not ask about raises, promotions, vacations, etc.
State the facts of your work history. Do not brag unless you can back it up with results.
Do not bad mouth former employers, company, or employees.
If you smoke, do not smoke prior to the interview. Most companies have no smoking policies and smoke is offensive to most people.
Do not chew gum during an interview.
Make sure all personal hygiene has been taken care of (brush teeth, shower, shave, clean nails, hair, wear appropriate attire).

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