Job Interview Questions and Answers
Do you have a job interview coming up? The best way to get ready for an interview is to take the time to review the most common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Knowing what you re going to say can eliminate a lot of interview stress.
You don t need to memorize an answer, but do take the time to consider how you ll respond. The more you prepare, the more confident you ll feel during a job interview.
When you re not sure what to expect during an interview, also review this refresher on how job interviews work.
Job Interview Questions and Best Answers
Review examples of the best answers for the most frequently asked interview questions in several different categories, and advice on how to answer.
Most Frequently Asked Interview Questions
Interview Questions About You
Interviewers will ask questions about you to gain insight into your personality, and to determine whether you re a fit for both the job and the company.
Questions About Leaving Your Job
Employers almost always ask about why you left, or are leaving, your job. Be prepared with an explanation for why you re moving on.
Interview Questions About Salary
Some of the hardest questions to answer during a job interview are about compensation.
Here s what you will be asked and examples of the best answers.
Questions About Qualifications
The most important thing for interviewers to determine is whether you re qualified for the job. Here s what they will ask to find out.
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Questions About Job Performance
How you performed in previous roles can indicate how you will perform in the job for which you re applying. Be prepared to answer questions about what you did well – and what you didn t.
Interview Questions About Your Work History
Is your work history stable, has it prepared you for the job you re interviewing for, and do you have any gaps in your employment history that the company should be concerned about? Here s what you ll be asked about.
Questions About Management and Teamwork
How you get along with others, including both co-workers and managers, is important to all employers. Here are some of the questions employers ask about getting along at work.
Questions About Why You Should Be Hired
Why should you be hired over the other candidates? Here s when you ll have the opportunity to make the case for getting a job offer.
Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company
What do you know about the company, why do you want the job, and what would you do if you were to be hired, are just some of the questions you ll be asked about the position and employer.
Interview Questions About the Future
Are you going to stick around if you re hired is something most employers want to know. All these questions will gauge your interest in making a commitment.
The Final Question
The last question you ll most likely be asked is whether you have any questions. Here s how to respond.
In addition to being ready to answer these standard questions, prepare for behavior-based interview questions. This is based on the premise that a candidate s past performance is the best predictor of future performance. You will need to be prepared to provide detailed responses including specific examples of your work experiences.
There are some interview questions, typically known as illegal interview questions, that employers should not ask during a job interview. Here are questions that shouldn t be asked during a job interview and how to best respond.
Have a phone interview on the agenda? Here are common questions asked during a telephone interview, plus tips on how best to answer so you can move to the next stage of the interview process.
The last job interview question you may be asked is What can I answer for you? Have an interview question or two of your own ready to ask. You aren t simply trying to get this job – you are also interviewing the employer to assess whether this company and the position are a good fit for you.