Common Questions Asked in Interviews

When preparing for an interview, it’s always a good idea to anticipate questions that might be asked. By having an idea what will be discussed, you will give yourself a better chance of not only being able to have well laid out answers, but also reduce the anxiety that often comes with the interviewing process.

1. Why do you want this job?

The worst answer you can give to this question is, “Because I need the money.” Employers want to know why you are attracted to their business. The fact that you want to earn a paycheck is obvious. Try to expand on why the company interests you or how they could benefit from your expertise.

2. When can you start?

Be prepared to start immediately if possible. But better yet is to beat the interviewer to the question. Assume you have the job and ask instead, “When did you want me to start?” This tactic works especially well if the interviewer does not ask when you can start.

3. Do you have reliable transportation?

Regardless of your mode of transport, be sure you have not only a main source of travel but a backup as well. Impress your future employer by being prepared for those instances when your car won’t start by already knowing the public transportation schedule that will take you from your house to the job site.

4. How much would you like to make?

When it comes to your compensation, never sell yourself short by asking for the bare minimum, but try not to be exorbitant in your request either. It can be a difficult undertaking to find a comfortable middle ground in payment but it can mean the difference between getting what you are worth and not being hired.

5. What hours are you available?

You may be inclined to either greatly limit when you can work or tell the interviewer that you can work at any hour. Whatever you do, be straightforward about your limits without limiting your time. Although you may not want to work every weekday evening, it may be possible that a few evenings a week will work out. Make sure if you are unable to work Sunday afternoons you let your future employer know that, but let them know the other days you’d be willing to put in some extra time.

6. What do you know about the company?

More often than not, an interview will include this question. This is why it is always a good idea to do some research on any company you apply to work for. Whether you go in depth about how the company began or what charities they support. It is always a good idea to have some knowledge on the company other than the service they provide.

7. Do you have any questions for me?

Most employers will ask this question. It is an easy way for them to gauge what your priorities are. Have a few questions prepared such as dress codes, 401(k) transfer, common duties or insurance benefits questions. You will want several questions ready in case they are answered during the interview process.

By preparing for these questions, you will help yourself to keep your composure and with any luck, avoid uncomfortable moments of surprise as you try to come up with a reasonable answer. It is only one more step you can take to get yourself closer to your desired job.

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