Common Interview Questions

Although it can be difficult to know exactly which questions to expect during your interview, here are some of the most asked interview questions. Write out your answers, remembering to focus on how your accomplishments would benefit the company. Then, either conduct a mock interview with a friend, practice in front of a mirror, or videotape yourself answering the questions. The more practice you get, the more poised and confident you will be.

  1. Describe a conflict with a manager or coworker. How was it resolved? Everyone has experienced workplace conflict at some point. The interviewer is assessing your ability to solve problems and interact with others. Do not use this as an opportunity to say negative things about your former manager…state the problem and describe steps you took to resolve the issue. Do not say that you have never had a conflict: it is too unbelievable.
  2. What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in five years, ten years? Interviewers ask this question because they want to find out if you are likely to stay with the company for a while. Do not proclaim that you would like to be promoted within a year or that you see this position as a way to get your next job. Try to keep your answer brief and focused on how your career goals are in alignment with the company’s needs.
  3. Why are you changing careers? If you are in fact changing careers, be prepared for this question. Interviewers will want to know if you have thoroughly researched your new career and are not switching jobs on a regular basis. Stress how your skills can transfer to your new career.
  4. Tell me about the best/worst supervisor you have ever had. Interviewers want to find out how your work style fits with the management style of the company. Be sure to emphasize positive experiences. If you must mention a worst case, try not to dwell on it. Instead, mention the strategies you developed to work under less than-perfect circumstances.
  5. Are you interviewing with other companies? Interviewers might try to find out if they need to act quickly. Do not mention any specifics. Say that you are extremely interested in the company but are keeping your options open.
  6. Will you relocate? Interviewers may be asking if you would relocate, or they may be testing your flexibility and a willingness to consider new things. Be honest in your answer. If the job seems perfect and you are very interested, say you may need some time to think about it and would be open to discussing the possibilities.

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