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Interview Questions and Answers

Job Interview Questions and Sample Answers

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Ace your next job interview by reviewing these common questions.

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Job interviews are always stressful - even for job seekers who have gone on countless interviews. The best way to reduce the stress is to be prepared. Take the time to review the common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Also, review sample answers and advice on how to answer these typical interview questions.

Then take the time to research the company and to prepare for an interview. This way, you will be ready with knowledgeable answers for the job interview questions that specifically relate to the company you are interviewing with.

Interview Questions About Your Work History

Interview Questions About You

Interview Questions About Money

  • What were your starting and final levels of compensation? - Best Answers
  • What are your salary expectations? - Best Answers
  • What are your salary requirements - both short-term and long-term? - Best Answers
  • Why would you take a job for less money? - Best Answers

Job Questions About Your Qualifications

  • Are you overqualified for this job? - Best Answers
  • Describe how you managed a problem employee. - Best Answers
  • How did you impact the bottom line? - Best Answers
  • Interview questions about your abilities. - Best Answers
  • What applicable attributes / experience do you have? - Best Answers
  • What part of the job will be the least challenging for you? - Best Answers
  • Which parts of this job are the most challenging for you? - Best Answers
  • What philosophy guides your work?- Best Answers
  • What strength will help you the most to succeed? - Best Answers
  • Why are you interested in taking a lower level job? - Best Answers
  • Why are you interested in a non-management job? - Best Answers

Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company

Interview Questions About the Future

  • What are you looking for in your next job? What is important to you? - Best Answers
  • Where do you see yourself 5 years from now? - Best Answers
  • Where do you see yourself in 10 years? (for older applicants) - Best Answers
  • What are your goals for the next five years / ten years? - Best Answers
  • How do you plan to achieve those goals? - Best Answers
  • How would you feel about working for a younger manager? - Best Answers
  • More questions about your career goals. - Best Answers
  • What will you do if you don't get this position? - Best Answers
  • Where else are you interviewing? - Best Answers

Behavioral Interview Questions
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. Review examples of behavioral interview questions.

Interview Questions Employers Should Not Ask
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.

Interview Questions Listed by Type of Job
Job specific interview questions for a variety of jobs, career fields, industries, and types of candidates, as well as tips on how to answer these types of questions. List includes accounting, administrative, customer service, technical, management, retail, sales, analyst, consultant, entry level, part-time, work at home and many more.

Phone Job Interview Questions
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.

Tough Interview Questions
These are some of the more difficult interview questions that you may be asked on a job interview.

Interview Questions to Ask
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.

Interview Questions Not to Ask
Here's a list of questions never to ask an employer during an interview, along with information on why you shouldn't ask them.

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