Business Communication: Interview Questions

Interview Questions

These are some standard job interview questions. Remember to speak in an organized way. State an introductory sentence, go into detail, and complete your thought with a concluding statement.

1. Do you have any questions before we begin?

Use this as an opportunity to give a complement to the company. Say something like this: “I’m grateful to be here because I know that ______________ is an excellent company. What kind of work experience are you looking for?” Then you can apply your experiences to the answer you receive.

2. Tell me about yourself?

Describe yourself for about 2 minutes. Keep your answer focused on your work experience and your successes. Finish your answer by stating your future goals and how these fit with the job position.

3. Tell me about your strengths and your weaknesses.

List your strengths and go into detail on each one. List weaknesses you have had in the past and how you have learned and changed. Try to create balance. Do not state 5 strengths and 1 weakness. State 2-3 strengths and 2-3 weaknesses, but do make the weaknesses cause you to look positive ultimately. Make sure none of your weaknesses are “red flags.” Overly personal weaknesses could cause you to seem depressed, or bringing excessive attention to your lack of experience could cause you to seem unmotivated.

4. Why are you interested in this position?

Here you want to give a very detailed answer–showing your knowledge of the company.

5. How do you explain this gap in your work history? (or this different job that does not match your other jobs)

Be honest about any break from work that you took or a time when you had to take a job that did not match your profession. However, highlight work you did on your own, during that time, which helped you to get past it.

6. What kinds of people are your friends?

List qualities in friends that are also good in a workplace–patience, kindness, flexibility, adventurousness. Avoid, unless it’s appropriate to that workplace, discussing religious affiliations or discussing any one friend in detail (as that becomes too personal).

7. Who are your heroes?

Good heroes are members of your family or recognized people in your field. Avoid stating overly famous people as that could make your answer stereotypical.

8. What do you do in your spare time?

Create a picture of a balanced lifestyle–including something physical, something social, and something mental. For example: going for walks, having dinner with friends and reading books.

9. What are your future goals?

Avoid a vague answer. Think about where you want to be in 5 years and 10 years. Organize your answer around those goals. In 5 years, I can see myself… In 10 years, if all goes well, I’d like to be …

10. My questions are finished. Do you have any questions for me?

Ask detailed questions. This shows both your intelligence and your genuine interest. It’s also helpful to get to know the interviewer here–to show you will be a pleasant, thoughtful coworker. You could ask, “How long have you worked here?” and “What’s your favorite thing about working here?”

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