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Answers to Job Interview Questions the Employer May Ask

There are number of different questions that a job applicant may have to answer during an interview. However, there are some questions that almost every applicant will have to answer.

The first job interview question that an employer will typically ask is "Tell me something about yourself." This question is looking for a summary of your transferable skills, or in other words, the skills that you have learned in the past that will help you to succeed in the position. For example, an applicant applying for a job as an ER nurse might say "I graduated from the University of Vermont in 1999 and I've been working as a registered nurse in Burlington Hospital's critical care unit since that time. As a result, I have a great deal of experience working with victims of traumatic accidents and the critically ill."

The second job interview question that an employer will typically ask is "What do you know about our company?" This question is looking for a quick summary of what the company does and why you're interested in working for the company. For example, an applicant applying for a job at a pharmaceutical company might say "I used to work as a pharmacy technician in a local clinic so I know that Aberrant Pharmaceuticals is a leader in the industry specializing in medications for the treatment of diseases and disorders that affect the brain. In fact, the research that your company has done on Alzheimer's disease alone has been groundbreaking and I would like to be a part of it.

The third question that an employer will typically ask is "Why are you interested in this particular position?" This question is looking for a quick explanation that describes the reason that you applied for the position. For example, an applicant applying for a job as a medical transcriptionist at a hospital might say "Well, the medical field is growing rapidly and I'm more than aware of how successful your hospital has been in the recent past. However, with the economy in the state that's in, it has become more and more difficult to find a stable position. As a result, the opening in your company seemed like an excellent opportunity for me to find a stable position in which I could put my recordkeeping skills to good use.

The fourth question that an employer will typically ask is "What makes you think that you are qualified for this position?" This question is actually just looking for a more detailed response to the question "Tell me something about yourself" and you should be able to use a similar response.


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Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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