While specific interview questions can vary widely depending on an industry, type of position, and job title, most employers have a menu of standard questions asked of every candidate. One or two 45 minute interviews may reveal valuable information about your experience and qualifications.
However, how can a prospective employer discover insight as to who you are personally? Combined with federally-mandated restrictions prohibiting many “personal questions," inquiries designed to display your professional personality, motivation, and suitability must be carefully worded and constructed.
It is easier to use proven behavioral questions to avoid misunderstandings or regulation violations than to risk individually targeted inquiries. Consequently, most employers use a rather standard list of certain open-ended (you cannot use a yes or no answer) interview questions designed to show your professional behavioral traits.
Therefore, regardless of your industry or desired position, you should prepare for some form of the questions noted herein. While it’s impossible to prepare for every possible dialogue or nuance of a job interview, these questions will most surely be asked. You should carefully prepare thoughtful, effective answers.
Employers feel a strong need to hire candidates that “fit” their corporate culture and team objectives. Even if you possess the highest level technical qualifications for a position, should you project to be a poor fit for the company, you typically will not receive an offer. Use these questions to your advantage, not your detriment.
Depending on your interviewer, these questions may be asked verbatim or thinly disguised in a slightly different fashion. These are, however, regular “staples” of all job interviews, regardless of position or industry.
If you associate with a top employment firm, like Kelly Services, you can also ask your representative about other questions often asked by your future interviewer. They may have some valuable inside information to help you further prepare.
Be aware that these questions (or variations thereof) are always asked at job interviews. Most companies have now adopted behavioral interview formats designed to evaluate both your technical qualifications and professional personality. While technical questions are specific to your specialty, experience, and skill level, these are designed to open the window of learning about your behavior, motivation, and commitment to excel.
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