Finding a new job can be an exciting experience and be a great way to get closer to your personal and professional goals. However, it can also be a challenging process with a lot of steps that need to be followed.
One of the most important parts of finding a new job is the interview. When you are preparing for a new job interview, it is important that you are prepared to answer a wide range of questions during the interview.
There are many types of sample questions for a job interview that you should practice to ensure that you are fully prepared.
Job History Questions
If you are an experienced job applicant, many of the questions that you are asked will be about your job history. Some of the most common questions will include “What did you like or dislike about your prior position?”, “What were your daily tasks and responsibilities?”, and “Why are you looking to switch companies of careers?”. When answering these questions it is important to highlight the strengths of the experience you’ve had, your achievements, and how your current experience aligns with your target job. You should also avoid speaking negatively about your prior employer or position.
Hiring managers during job interviews will also ask questions about your educational background. This will likely be even more of a focal point if you do not have a lengthy professional background. Some of the most common educational questions will include “Why did you choose your field of study?”, “How has your education prepared you for this role?”, and “Why should we hire you above other applicants?”. This is an opportunity for you to stand out. It is important that you focus your response on tying your education and other experiences to the job requirements. This can make you appear more qualified than other
Most job interviews will also include situations and behavioral questions. Some of these will include asking you to provide an example of when you had to deal with a difficult co-worker or client or asking for an example of when you uncovered a problem and solved it. Some interviewers may also create their own challenging scenario and ask for you to provide a summary of how you will respond. The goal of these questions is to see how you respond and react to more challenging situations. Having a couple answers for these types of questions created before the interview will be very beneficial.
Abstract Interview Questions
Depending on the role that you are applying for, you may also be asked some abstract thought questions. Some of the common questions to these include “If you were an animal, what animal would you be?” or “What super power would you like to have for one day?”. These questions can seem odd, but will show the interviewer your ability to think creatively and on the spot.
Finally, you should also expect that the interviewer will ask for your opinion on a range of different items. Some of the common questions that you should be prepared for will include “What are some of the challenges that our industry is facing?” or “What do you think our company could do to better compete in our field?” These questions are often asked as a way for the interviewer to gauge how knowledgeable you are about the industry and the company. Simply studying up on the firm and industry beforehand should provide you with enough knowledge to answer the question with an educated response.