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Job Interview Question: What Were Your Expectations for the Job?

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In many cases, interviewers will want to know what you expected from your last job when you were hired, so be prepared to answer the interview question "What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met?"

How to Respond to Questions About What You Expected at Your Last Job

There isn't a right or wrong answer to this question. The best way to respond is to discuss what you expected when you took the job and give examples of how the position worked out for you.

If the job wasn't exactly what you expected, it's fine to mention that. However, you should focus on the job itself, not the company, your boss, or your co-workers (if they were a problem). Do be careful how you answer and don't focus too much on the negative. Instead, address the highlights of the job.

When responding, be specific. Prepare some examples to share with the interviewer in advance. For example, if your job involved creating web applications, discuss the specific programs you developed and the responsibilities you were given. If you were provided training and opportunities for professional development to help you achieve your goals, mention that, as well.

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