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Here are some other job interview questions you might want to rehearse.

Your Qualifications

bulletWhat can you do for us that someone else can't do?
bulletWhat qualifications do you have that relate to the position?
bulletWhat new skills or capabilities have you developed recently?
bulletGive me an example from a previous job where you've shown initiative.
bulletWhat have been your greatest accomplishments recently?
bulletWhat is important to you in a job?
bulletWhat motivates you in your work?
bulletWhat have you been doing since your last job?
bulletWhat qualities do you find important in a coworker?

Your Career Goals

bulletWhat would you like to being doing five years from now?
bulletHow will you judge yourself successful? How will you achieve success?
bulletWhat type of position are you interested in?
bulletHow will this job fit in your career plans?
bulletWhat do you expect from this job?
bulletDo you have a location preference?
bulletCan you travel?
bulletWhat hours can you work?
bulletWhen could you start?

Your Work Experience

bulletWhat have you learned from your past jobs?
bulletWhat were your biggest responsibilities?
bulletWhat specific skills acquired or used in previous jobs relate to this position?
bulletHow does your previous experience relate to this position?
bulletWhat did you like most/least about your last job?
bulletWhom may we contact for references?

Your Education

bulletHow do you think your education has prepared you for this position?
bulletWhat were your favorite classes/activities at school?
bulletWhy did you choose your major?
bulletDo you plan to continue your education?


  1. What salary are you expecting?

    You probably don't want to answer this one directly. Instead, deflect the question back to the interviewer by saying something like: "I don't know. What are you planning on paying the best candidate?" Let the employer make the first offer.

    However, it is still important to know what the current salary range is for the profession. Find salary surveys at the library or on the Internet, and check the classifieds to see what comparable jobs in your area are paying. This information can help you negotiate compensation once the employer makes an offer.

  2. "What are your hobbies?" and "Do you play any sports?"

    The interviewer may be looking for evidence of your job skills outside of your professional experience. For example, hobbies such as chess or bridge demonstrate analytical skills. Reading, music, and painting are creative hobbies. Individual sports show determination and stamina, while group sport activities may indicate you are comfortable working as part of a team. Also, the interviewer might simply be curious as to whether you have a life outside of work. Employees who have creative or athletic outlets for their stress are often healthier, happier and more productive.

  3. "What are your career goals?" or "What are your future plans?"

    The interviewer wants to know if your plans and the company's goals are compatible. Let him know that you are ambitious enough to plan ahead. Talk about your desire to learn more and improve your performance, and be specific as possible about how you will meet the goals you have set for yourself.

  4. Do you prefer to work by yourself or with others?

    The ideal answer is one of flexibility. However, be honest. Give examples describing how you have worked in both situations.

  5. What is your major weakness?

    Be positive; turn a weakness into a strength. For example, you might say: "I often worry too much over my work. Sometimes I work late to make sure the job is done well."

  6. What are your best skills?

    If you have sufficiently researched the organization, you should be able to imagine what skills the company values. List them, then give examples where you have demonstrated these skills.

  7. Why did you leave your last job?

    The interviewer may want to know if you had any problems on your last job. If you did not have any problems, simply give a reason, such as: relocated away from job; company went out of business; laid off; temporary job; no possibility of advancement; wanted a job better suited to your skills.

    If you did have problems, be honest. Show that you can accept responsibility and learn from your mistakes. You should explain any problems you had (or still have) with an employer, but don't describe that employer in negative terms. Demonstrate that it was a learning experience that will not affect your future work.

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