There's no way for a job applicant to anticipate every question that he or she may have to answer during an interview. However, it is important to note that there are certain types of questions that interviewers typically use so a job applicant may be able to anticipate the types of questions that he or she may be required to answer. This means that an individual must familiarize him or herself with some of the more common question types. In order to do this, it may be helpful for an individual to have an interviewing sample that describes the format that an interviewer will typically use.
Most interviewers will begin with an opening question or an opening statement that asks you to summarize your qualifications such as "Tell me something about yourself." Once the interviewer has listened to your summary, he or she will typically ask you to clarify or expand on some of the points in your resume. Most interviewers will then move on to questions that gauge your interest and your motivation such as "What do you know about our company?" and/or "Why are you interested in this particular position?" Once the interviewer has a feel for your background and your motivation, he or she may try to find out more about your skills and abilities. This means that you may hear some of the questions that typically appear in interviewing samples such as "What do you think makes you qualified for this position?", "What is your greatest strength?" and/or "What do you think your coworkers would say if I called and asked them about you?"
The interviewer may then move on to questions that are specifically aimed at the skills that are required for the position. For example, a sales representative may have to answer the question "What would you use as a sales pitch if you had to sell me the chair that you're sitting in?" while a computer programmer might have to answer the question "Describe a tree data structure in terms that a child could understand." Most interviewers will then attempt to identify some of the flaws that you may have by asking sample interviewing questions such as "Have you ever been fired?" and/or "What is your greatest weakness?" As the interview progresses, the interviewer may then begin to ask you questions about your future such as "What are you looking for in terms of salary?" and/or "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Finally, once the interviewer has gathered all of the information that he or she needs, the interviewer will typically end the interview by asking "Do you have any questions?"
Last Updated: 05/23/2014