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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 to 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: Work History

  • Name of company, position title and description, dates of employment. - Best Answers
  • What were your expectations for the job and to what extent were they met? - Best Answers
  • What were your starting and final levels of compensation? - Best Answers
  • What were your responsibilities? - Best Answers
  • What major challenges and problems did you face? How did you handle them? - Best Answers
  • What have you learned from your mistakes? - Best Answers
  • What did you like or dislike about your previous job? - Best Answers
  • Which was most / least rewarding? - Best Answers
  • What was the biggest accomplishment / failure in this position? - Best Answers
  • Questions about your supervisors and co-workers. -Best Answers
  • What was it like working for your supervisor? - Best Answers
  • What do you expect from a supervisor? - Best Answers
  • What problems have you encountered at work? - Best Answers
  • Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager? - Best Answers
  • Who was your best boss and who was the worst? - Best Answers
  • Describe your ideal boss. - Best Answers
  • Why are you leaving your job? - Best Answers
  • Why do you want to change jobs? - Best Answers
  • Why did you resign? - Best Answers
  • Why did you quit your job? - Best Answers
  • What have you been doing since your last job? - Best Answers
  • Why were you fired? - Best Answers


Job Interview Questions About You


Interview Questions About the New Job and the Company

Interview Questions: 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
  • What are your goals for the next five years / ten years? - Best Answers
  • How do you plan to achieve those goals? - Best Answers
  • What are your salary requirements - both short-term and long-term? - Best Answers
  • Questions about your career goals. - Best Answers
  • What will you do if you don't get this position? - 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.

Practice Interview Questions

Review practice interview questions for a variety of different occupations, types of jobs, and types of interviews.

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.

taken from By Alison Doyle, Guide