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Types of Interview Questions

Different Types of Interview Questions


When you go on a job interview there are a variety of types of interview questions you'll be asked.  You'll be asked about your employment history, your ability to work on a team, your leadership skills, your motivation, as well as other interview questions related to your skills and abilities.

Your responses need to be targeted for the job you are interviewing for.  Your responses should show the employer why you're a qualified candidate and why you are a fit for the job and the company.

Take the time to prepare for a job interview, in advance, by reviewing the different types of interview questions you'll be asked, as well as by taking a look at sample answers for each type of question.

Interview Questions About Your Abilities

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During a job interview, you'll be asked questions about your abilities. The key to successfully responding is to focus on your abilities as they relate to the qualifications required for the job.   Review common interview questions about your abilities and sample answers.

Interview Questions About Leaving Your Job

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When you're interviewing, you will be asked why you left or are going to leave your job. Here are interview questions, along with sample answers, related to leaving your job, getting fired, and what you have been doing if you're not currently employed.

Interview Questions About Salary

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Interview questions about salary can be tricky. When you answer questions about compensation at your previous job(s) you need to be honest, because your salary can be verified by a prospective employer.   When it comes to how much you want to make, it can be difficult to answer in a way that ensures you'll get paid a fair salary. Here are common interview questions about salary, advice on the best way to respond to salary related interview questions, and sample answers.

Interview Questions About Strengths and Weaknesses

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Interviewers want to know what are strong points and what might be an issue if you're hired.  Be prepared to answer so you focus on your qualifications for the job. Here are interview questions related to your strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and accomplishments, along with examples of answers. Do tailor your responses to fit your personal circumstances.

Interview Questions About Yourself

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When an interviewer ask questions about you they are trying to determine how good a fit your are for the company. Is your personality a match for the company culture? Are your goals and expectations a match for what your role in the company will be if you're hired? How will you fit in with the current team?   Here are common interview questions that you'll be asked about yourself, along with sample answers and tips on how to respond.

Interview Questions About Your Work History

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During a job interview you will be expected to provide the details of your work history, include each job you had, starting and ending dates of employment, compensation, positions held, and the companies you worked for.   Review common interview questions about your work history and the information you will be expected to provide during a job interview.

Behavioral Interview Questions

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Behavioral interview questions will be more focused than traditional interview questions and you'll need to respond with special examples of how you handled situations in the workplace. Review examples of the questions you may be asked during a behavioral job interview and think about how you would answer them.

Communication Skills Interview Questions

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Good communication skills are essential for workplace success. When you interview for a job, the hiring manager will ask about communication skills, including how you handle issues, how you handle difficult situations, what you expect as far as communications from management, and other questions related to your ability to communicate.  Review these interview questions related to communicating, as well as sample answers.

Company Culture Interview Questions

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Company culture is the personality of a company and defines what a company, from an employee perspective, is like to work for.  Interview questions about company culture are designed to determine whether you will be a good fit for the organization.  Here are examples of interview questions that are used to determine how good a match you for the company, along with sample answers.

Competency Based Interview Questions

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Competency based interview questions require candidates to give specific examples of times in which they demonstrated particular skills or attitudes.

Here's information on how to prepare for this type of interview, plus tips for answering and examples of questions.

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