Sample Job Interview Question Center

Welcome to the Sample Job Interview Question Center.

Answering a sample interview question is one of the best ways to prepare for a job interview. You should use each sample job interview question below to have some practice sessions with a friend and become more confident with your answers.

Begin by considering what interviewers want to know. You represent a risk to the employer. A hiring mistake is expensive in terms of lost productivity, wasted training money, and the cost of finding a replacement.

The sample job interview question pack put together by the interviewer attempts to lessen this risk by helping the interviewer to select people who are highly motivated, understand what the job entails, and show that their background has prepared them for it.

Use each sample job interview question below, with the strategies that you can use when answering them, to get you started:

Sample Job Interview Question 1 – 8. Background and qualifications:

  • Why did you apply for this job?
  • Why did you choose this career?
  • What type of work do you like to do best?
  • What type of work do you like to do least?
  • What courses did you like best or least in school / college / university?
  • What did you like best or least about your last job?
  • Why were you fired?
  • How does your education or experience relate to this job?

Sample Job Interview Question 9 – 13. Understanding the company and job:

  • What do you know about this job or company?
  • Why should I employ you?
  • What are your goals and how do you plan to reach them?
  • What do you hope to be doing in 5 years? 10?
  • What salary do you expect?

Sample Job Interview Question 14 – 21. Ability to do the job:

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What would you like to tell me about yourself?
  • What are your major strengths?
  • What are your major weaknesses?
  • What are your interests outside work?
  • What accomplishment gave you the greatest satisfaction?
  • What was your worst mistake?
  • Why did you leave your last job?

Having practiced with each sample job interview question above, you will be able to show that you are highly motivated by learning about the company before the interview and by expressing interest in the job at the end of the interview.

You can also show that you clearly understand what the job entails and that you can perform it by explaining how your qualifications have prepared you for specific duties as described in the job advertisement or specification.

You should try to ask questions about the nature of the work and the training provided to new employees to make sure that you receive enough information.

Essentially, your strategy for each sample job interview question listed above should be to concentrate on the job and your ability to do it no matter what the question seems to be asking.

If asked for a strength, mention something job related. If asked for a weakness, mention a job-related strength (you work too hard, you worry too much about details, you always have to see the big picture).

If asked about a specific negative factor in your past - a failure in school, being fired - be prepared to stress what you learned from the experience, how you have overcome this and how you are now in a position to do a better job.

You can find more in-depth advice on the strategies that you can use to answer each sample job interview question in the Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Answers. This is a very powerful and effective method of preparation for your job interview.

The candidate’s sample job interview question list

So far, only the interviewer's questions have been discussed. But an interview will be a two-way conversation. You really do need to learn more about the position to find out if you want the job.

You do not want to take just any position only to learn after two weeks that you cannot stand the place and have to look for another job right away. Pick two or three questions from the following sample job interview question list for you to ask the interviewer.

  • What would a day on this job be like?
  • To whom would I report? May I meet this person?
  • Would I supervise anyone? May I meet them?
  • How important is this job to the company?
  • What training or personal development programs are offered?
  • What advancement opportunities are offered?
  • Why did the last person leave this job?
  • What is the greatest challenge of this position?
  • What plans does the company have with regard to...? (Mention some development of which you have read or heard)

After you ask your own questions, listen to the interviewer's answers and then, if at all possible, point to something in your education or experience related to it.

You might notice that there is no sample job interview question for you to ask in the above list about salary or fringe benefits. Your focus at a first interview should always be the company and what you will do for it, not what it will pay you.

Once you have been offered a position, you can negotiate the salary and you should consult our Salary Negotiation Tip Center for more information to help you in your negotiations.

At the end of the interview, you should know what the next step will be: whether you should contact the interviewer again, whether you should provide more information, whether more interviews must be conducted and when a final decision will be reached. End on a positive note by reaffirming your interest in the position and pointing out why you will be a good choice to fill it.

Immediately after the interview, send a thank you letter to the interviewer, providing further information on some point raised in the interview and thanking the interviewer once again. You can find more information on this by clicking here.

For further preparation, highly recommend the Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Answers where you will find in-depth advice and more sample job interview questions. This resource will help you to prepare strong, positive answers before your job interview and increase your chances of success.

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