Don’t go into an interview without practicing first!
Do you have a job interview coming up? If so, way to go! Being invited for an interview is a good sign that the employer is interested in you. Preparing for an interview is serious business. One of the best ways to get comfortable with the interview process is to use sample questions. Practicing sample questions in a mock interview situation helps you to get more comfortable with what happens in a real interview.
Try these questions and see how you feel. Remember, these are just sample questions. There’s no way to know what the employer will ask you, but practicing sample questions can still help you get better at speaking articulately and shaking off those nerves.
Practice job interview questions
1. Describe yourself.
2. What made you interested in this job?
3. Tell us why you are a good fit for this job.
4. Tell us about your education and training in relation to this job.
5. Describe your past work experience.
6. Why have you chosen this career field?
7. What are your strongest points? Your biggest challenges (weaknesses)?
8. Describe a situation at work where you had to resolve a conflict and how you handled it.
9. Describe a difficult boss you had, and how you worked with that person.
10. How do other people describe you?
11. What are your career goals over the next five years?
12. How well do you work as part of a team? Give an example.
13. How well do you handle multi-tasking? Give an example.
14. Give an example of a situation where you were proactive.
15. What are you doing to continuously improve your skills and knowlegde?
Practicing these questions all by yourself is a good start. Once you feel more comfortable, the next step is to practice them with someone else. Do you attend a career school or a college? If so, there may be a Career Services office where you can set up a mock interview. During a mock interview, you are usually expected to dress like you would for a real interview. A Career Services professional will ask you sample interview questions and give you feedback on how well you did.
If you don’t have access to a Career Services department, don’t worry. You can still practice mock interviewing with a friend or a family member who might be willing to role play as the interviewer. If all else fails, you can videotape yourself answering the questions. This way you can play the recording back and observe where you did well and where you still need work.
As you are practicing these questions, you should also prepare a list of questions that you will ask the employer. The interview is a chance for you to learn more about the employer to see if it’s really a place you would like to work. For more job-search advice, be sure to visit your Career Services department, or try Getting Ready for a Job Interview.
We hope these resources start you out on the right foot as you prepare for your next interview. When the day of the interview arrives, remember to hold your head up high, make positive eye contact, and give it your best!
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