Frequently asked questions in a job interview
You may soon be faced with a situation that can significantly change your work and personal life: a job interview. This evaluation process, which is often a prerequisite for working in many companies, often causes some nervousness in many applicants. First, it’s normal to feel anxious and stressed, because your future is at stake. However, you have the chance to prepare yourself adequately to deal with the typical questions in a job interview, extolling your best virtues while highlighting some areas that still need to be improved.
Remember that a job interview is not an exact science and therefore the process can vary significantly from company to company. For example, you may meet several interviewers at the same time or you may be called in with other candidates to assess different skills in a group setting. Regardless of the type of interview you have, it is essential that you are as well prepared as possible to respond appropriately to questions in a job interview, demonstrating your experience, skills and what you can bring to the company.
Here are the most frequently asked questions in a job interview, divided into categories and with some tips to help you get the job you’re looking for. Note that the interviewer can ask you any of these questions in the order he or she prefers and mix the categories as he or she sees fit.
Questions in an interview about the experience
Even if you don’t have any previous experience in the job sector of the position you are applying for, you will always have to provide a convincing answer related to some past experience. You may be asked the following questions:
What have you worked on before?
Just list the jobs that are related to the job you are applying for. For example, if, like most young people, you’ve been working in temporary jobs to make some money, don’t mention them unless they’re directly related to the job you’re applying for. If you don’t have professional experience, you can talk about internships in companies, volunteering or scholarships abroad. The important thing is to always provide something in this type of question for a job interview.
What has been your most important professional achievement?
Tell your interviewer about your past glory, but don’t overdo it either. Choose a particularly complicated or stressful situation and explain how you handled it thanks to your personal skills and, above all, the positive results it had for the company.
Why do you want to change jobs?
The answers can be very varied but the main thing is to be honest or try to “make up” the reality a little bit. For example, you may say that you are looking for a new job to be closer to your family, that there were no opportunities for growth in your previous company, or that you are looking for new opportunities and challenges.
What was the relationship with your last boss like?
Whatever you say, always say something positive. Don’t use these questions to say how incompetent your boss was (even if it’s true) or to say he had a crush on you. You can say that you had a great experience with him/her and that he/she made you grow as a person, but now you feel that you need to keep growing.