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Job Interview Questions and Answers

A job applicant may be expected to answer any of a number of different questions during his or her initial interview. However, there are three job interview questions that an individual will typically have to answer during the initial interview for almost every position.

The first question that you will typically have to answer during an initial interview is "What do you think your co-workers would say if I called and asked them about you?" This question is designed to gather information about the way that others might perceive you, and more importantly, how you perceive yourself. Interviewers use this type of question to identify character flaws that might interfere with your ability to work with others such as arrogance, an overly laid-back attitude, a lack of self-esteem, and other similar flaws. As a result, it is important to make sure that your response doesn't sound overly arrogant, casual, self-insulting, or otherwise inappropriate. A good example of an answer to this job interview question is "Well, I would like to think that they would say that I'm very trustworthy and dependable. In fact, my supervisor, Jon, often indicated at my annual performance review that I was one of the most dependable employees that he had ever had the pleasure of working with."

The second question that you may have to answer during an initial interview is "What are your goals?" or "Where do you see yourself in five years?" This type of question is designed to gather information about the work-related goals that you have planned for the near future. The best way to answer this type of question is to make it clear that you aren't planning on leaving the company in the near future and that you hope to have a position that is higher up in the organization than the position in which you started. A good example of an answer to this job interview question might be "Well, I hope to improve my writing and editing skills to the point that I may be able to work my way up to a position as a copyeditor with your company."

A third and final example of a question that you may have to answer during an initial interview is "What are you looking for in terms of salary?" This question is designed to help the interviewer get an idea of how much it's going to cost the company to hire you. However, it is usually a good idea to avoid this particular question if it comes up during your first interview. As a result, a good example of a response that you can use to answer this job interview question during your first interview is "Well, I think I'd actually like to learn more about the position and the responsibilities that I will be taking on before I commit to a specific number."


Job Interview Questions

Last Updated: 05/23/2014

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