Sample Job Interview Questions
These are sample job interview questions and answers that you are free to modify/adapt to your situation. These questions employers ask over and over. You are free to use/modify my own answers that I used when I was preparing for a job interview in Toronto - they can be used universally.
These sample job interview questions and answers I am describing here actually happened.
Position I was interviewing for - bilingual web content coordinator, skills required - writing, translation, html, MS Office, content management systems, use of computers.
Sample job interview questions and answers:
1. Tell me about yourself
Tip: There is no ideal answer to that - employers secretly want you to blow them away with a perfect answer, but don't have any specific expectations. Do not, however, talk about where you are from or that you are married with kids - employers want to hear what you can do for them as a professional that others can't and what kind of person you are. Always tailor your answer to the specific position you are interviewing for, using my sample job interview questions and answers!
My answer: I am a languages professional with a passion about computers and web design. Throughout of my career, I participated in multiple projects involving writing content for websites and translation of the content between English, Russian and French languages. In my work I often use Drupal, Wordpress and Lotus Notes content management systems. Apart from that, I have advanced computer skills. In fact, in my current position as bilingual publications coordinator, I have become the go-to person in my department to fix minor computer problems, as it takes much longer to wait for the guys from the IT.
(See - I used in my story all the job requirements, PLUS I've shown them that I don't mind doing something for my colleagues that is not in the job description.)
2. Why did you apply for this position?
Tip: This is your chance to demonstrate why you are the perfect candidate for the job. Do not explain what you like about this position - rather turn it the other way around and explain why you are THE person to do the job. Hopefully, my sample job interview questions and answers will help you come up with the best answer.
My answer: This position is everything I was looking for in a job. I am passionate about writing, I am bilingual, AND I know html! I think it's a perfect match for my skills, and it will give me the opportunity to utilize all of them at the same time.
3. Why do you want to leave your current job?
(My current job has to do with cars, the position I am applying for has to do with AIDS information website)
Tip: Never badmouth your current employer! Never mention low salary or that you do not get along with colleagues! Also, do not mention that you cannot "advance" in your current position or you are not "challenged" enough. Whatever your real reasons are, come up with a subtle answer, complimenting your current employer.
My answer: I really enjoy the nature of my work - translating, coordinating, writing. I love the people I work with, and my supervisor. The only thing is that I am not that passionate about cars. I always wanted to do something for PEOPLE. I was actually thriving when I worked on a homelessness project in York University, it's too bad it was over so soon. Therefore, I will feel much better about myself knowing that I am helping people by providing information about AIDS rather than cars.
4. What are your strengths?
Tip: Do not repeat what your skills are - they already know about them from the resume. Add something new, a new twist of the same story.
My answer: I think my greatest strength is my resourcefulness and my research skills. I always try to find ways to improve my performance and to simplify the work of my colleagues.
5. What are your weaknesses?
Tip: your weakness should not interfere with your job! Please, do not say that your weakness is that you are a workaholic, or a variation of it! Find something real, but unrelated to your job.
My answer: I am not very strong in math. I guess that's the reason I never used my accounting diploma, getting it was a mistake.
6.What will you bring to the company? Variation - Why should we hire you?
Tip: These are the sample job interview questions that you HAVE to be prepared to answer with flying colors! Now you can repeat anything important you already wrote in the resume or told during the interview. It's your chance to highlight your skills!
My answer: Apart from the skills immediately related to the position, such as knowledge of languages and computers, I will bring my resourcefulness, my passion for helping people and for writing.
7. How do you deal with problems?
My answer: I look at each problem as a challenge, or an obstacle that I must overcome and a lesson to learn. Actually, I really enjoy solving difficult problems, therefore I never panic, and never act immediately so not to make a mistake. I brainstorm the ways to solve a problem together with my colleagues, and together we come with the best plan. (Be prepared to give an example!)
8. What is your greatest achievement?
My answer: At my current position, I managed to streamline the translation process by creating translation databases and developing industry-specific vocabulary, resulting in the average $ 3000 monthly savings on the translation cost while improving its accuracy and efficiency.
9. Do you have any questions?
Tip:: You should always prepare questions to ask well in advance! Check out my Job interview questions to ask page for some inspiration.
10. What are your salary expectations?
Tip: Most career counselors recommend that you don't answer the question, but rather revert it so to make the employer tell you how much they want to pay. In my experience, it never worked. It was always the game "no, you tell first", "no, you first". Other career counselors recommend to list all the job requirements and your skills again before telling the number.
Personally, I think that employers want the simple answer what your expectations are. Therefore, I provided a salary range rather than a firm number. For example, "well, I expect the job to be paying at least the same as my current job, that is in the range of $25-30 an hour". That seemed to work.
I hope these sample job interview questions and answers will help you prepare for your job interview. These questions are probably the most common ones, at least I was asked these or a variation of them during at least 6 interviews, resulting in 2 job offers.
If you want to take it a step further and read more sample job interview questions and answers, I recommend you the The Ultimate Guide To Job Interview Answers.
It will teach you the most important job interview skills: how to be confident; how to easily calm nerves or fear; how to use professional words; and most, importantly, how to get the interviewer to like you by telling them EXACTLY what they want to hear!So, do not rush, take some time preparing for a job interview. Best of luck using these sample job interview questions and answers!