If you were fired or laid off in your last position (or in recent years) you will almost certainly be asked about it in the interview. These can be difficult questions that can make even the strongest candidates stumble.
All you need to do is think about these questions ahead of time and prepare good, solid answers to their inevitable questions. Below are # questions you may be asked if you were terminated for whatever reason. Click on the question to go to the answer.
If you're over 50 (or sometimes 40) in a job search, you may be asked interview questions that are indirectly related to your age. Employers are restricted in asking direct questions (because of anti-discrimination laws) but still have concerns about you, and try to address them in other ways.
Below are 5 questions you may be asked in a job interview. Click on the question to see the best answer.
There are a few common job interview questions you'll hear again and again in every interview. With each answer, you have a great opportunity to sell yourself for the job. Below are 13 common questions you can expect in interviews. Click on the question to see the best answer.
Job interview questions aren't always about the past or about the now. They also want to know your plans for the future. If you get those questions, it's likely that they're trying to figure out if you will fit in with this company or if you're really interested in this job (as opposed to simply wanting a job).
Below are 6 questions you may hear on this topic. Click on the question to go to the answer.
Job interview answers that make hiring managers sit up and take notice of you are ones that clearly show how you will be a benefit to the company. With that in mind, here are 9 links to answers in my How to Answer Interview Questions Series that will especially help you grab that attention—and the offer.
Click the links to go to detailed answers for each interview question.
Tell me about yourself– your answer here sets the tone for the entire interview and gives them a succinct framework for why you would be a great hire.
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Even though I narrowly lost out on the position I interviewed for, they were [so] impressed with the answers I gave based on her advice that they searched to find a position for me. I wound up getting a different, equally exciting job offer with the same company (who are hard to get into to).
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How you answer “Tell me about yourself” sets the tone of the entire interview. Your answer will either establish a positive bias toward you in the mind of the hiring manager—or it will show them you are not someone to be taken seriously for the job.
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In this “Quick Read” Report, you will see how to answer “Tell me about yourself”:
- How to Start
- What to Include in Your Answer (And What to Leave OUT)
- How to Make Your Answer Special So You Stand Out
You will bias the interviewer in your favor and boost your chances of getting the job offer.
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Job seekers should always have questions of their own to ask in the interview. Being strategic with the questions you ask will ensure a better interview, a stronger performance, and a boosted shot at getting the job.
Always ask these 3 questions in your job interviews:
Say your ideal job candidate walked through the door. What qualities would that person have?
You may be afraid to ask a question like this because you believe you'll put yourself in a negative light, but that isn't true. Ask this question near the beginning of the interview, and you'll have a blueprint for how to best answer their questions for the rest of the interview. You'll know what they care about most, and can highlight your skills and accomplishments accordingly.
Based on this conversation, can you see me being successful here in this job?
Yes, it can take some courage to ask a question like this--but if you do, you will boost your chances of actually getting the offer. Why? Because if they say yes, you will have nudged them toward an important psychological point where they've committed to being in favor of hiring you. If they say no, you can find out right then why not and possibly clear up any issues. Many job seekers have turned around a negative interview this way, and received a job offer they would have otherwise lost.
What are the biggest challenges of this role?
This is a great way to uncover critical tasks or potential pitfalls. Once you know what the challenges are, you can show them how you'll use your skills to conquer those challenges, or how you've approached and solved those kinds of problems before.
Find out more questions to ask, how to research the company, and lots of interview dos and don'ts in our Free Job Interview Prep Kit.
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If you want to stand out from other candidates, and have an excellent interview that results in a job offer, you should ask questions. I've put together a starting list of great questions to ask your interviewer. Weave some of these questions into the conversation (don't ask them all at once) and you will have a fantastic job interview.
Questions That Give You Better Answers To Their Questions
- What would an ideal candidate for this job look like?
- Tell me about your most successful employee.
- What tasks will define success for this job?
- What would sink an employee in this position?
What they say in response to these types of questions will tell you what they consider important. This knowledge will help you deliver better, more tailored answers to their questions.