Practicing these questions in a mock interview can boost your confidence
Being asked to schedule a job interview is great news. Getting to the interview stage means that the employer is strongly considering you for the job. It’s your chance to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job.
If that makes you feel a little nervous, you are not alone. Most people feel nervous about job interviews. After all, what you say could make the difference between whether you get an offer or not. It’s a lot of pressure! To prepare for the big day, you can practice some sample job interview questions. There are several ways to use sample interview questions:
- Schedule a mock interview with your Career Services department. That way there is a professional career expert helping you to formulate answers and to portray yourself in the best light.
- If your school does not have a Career Services department, find a job center near you that offers mock interviews. Again, trained professionals will help you find ways to improve and gain confidence.
- Ask a friend or family member to question you, and to give you feedback on how well you did.
- Make a video of yourself answering the questions. When you play it back, you can critique yourself and figure out where to make improvements.
Remember, these sample questions are not the actual questions an interviewer will ask. There’s no way of knowing exactly what they will ask. But practicing your responses will help you get more comfortable talking about yourself and your career skills.
Try to practice these questions at least three or four times. The more you practice, the more you will refine what you are saying. You will start to hone in on certain phrases and descriptions that sound good. This way, you’ll feel more prepared and less nervous for the interview.
Sample interview questions
- Tell us a little about yourself.
- What made you apply for this this job?
- Why do you think you are a good candidate for this job?
- Describe the training and skills that make you qualified for this job.
- Tell us about your education.
- What past experience do you have that makes you a good candidate for this job?
- What do you like about this career field?
- Describe a time you had to deal with conflict and how you managed it.
- Describe how you deal with difficult people.
- What do you hope to achieve professionally over the next three to five years?
- How would other people describe you?
- Give us an example of how you have shown strong leadership skills.
- Give us an example of how you have been proactive in a past job.
- If you are hired, what talents or skills can you bring to the organization?
- What have you done in the past several years to develop or improve yourself?
Another important part of an interview is bringing a list of questions with you. An interview is your opportunity to find out more about the job and whether you think you would like to work there. Here are some examples of questions that you might want to ask of the hiring manager.
Questions you can ask at job interview
- What are the most important responsibilities in this job?
- Where does this position fit into the organizational structure?
- What have previous employees done to be successful in this position?
- How long has this position existed?
- What are the key qualities you are looking for in an employee?
- What challenges is your department facing now?
- What changes do you anticipate in the next few years?
- How and how often are employees evaluated?
- What is the working environment like?
- What do you enjoy about working here?
For more job-hunting resources, be sure to visit your Career Services department. Or try the advice in Getting Ready for a Job Interview. With these resources, you should be able to walk into the interview room with courage and confidence. Best of luck!
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