Job Interview Questions and Answers

questions to ask in an interview

Job interview questions and answers can be a mystery. Don’t worry, we will not let you fall down the rabbit hole and into the twilight zone. No, no!  It can be difficult if you are not prepared. 

Depending on job responsibilities, company, panel of interviewers, and time will determine what questions and how many will be asked in an interview.  The best thing you can do is relax.   

A phone interview usually is between 15 to 30 minutes.  A face-to-face interview is usually 30 minutes to 1 hour.  Click here to review resume template packages that include what to ask for an interview.

A hiring manager is attempting to learn about your qualifications, as you are learning about the position and company.  This is the ideal time to use the What to Ask in an Interview Guide and Form, that is included in the Chronological package.  By the time you use this guide you will have your complete job interview questions and answers regarding your future employer and job responsibilities.

You are interviewing the company, just like they are interviewing you.  By the end of the job interview questions and answers session, you will decide if the job and employer is a right for you.

Job Interview Questions and Answers 

Suggested Answers Included

1. Name a weakness 

Turn a weakness into a strength.  You can answer this question in a variety of ways.  Below is a suggested answer:

  •  “Sometimes it takes a little extra time to complete my work, because I want to provide quality end results"

2. Why do you want this job?

This is where you present your research.  Research, research and RESEARCH.  This job interview question and answer can be a little challenging. You do not want to come out and say, I just need a job to pay bills.  Of course we all need money to live. That is a serious no, no. 

Here are a few suggestions:

  • I learned that this company gives back to the community”
  • “This company was on a list of best places to work”
  • “The corporate culture and the opportunity for advancement is what attracted me to the company”
  • "I am interested in this industry and look forward to learning more"

3. Explain the gaps in your work history

Be prepared, because mostly likely they will inquire. A questionable gap is considered 3 or 6 months or more between jobs, with no work experience. 

If you took time take off for family, then state that.  If you decided to be a lazy couch potato for 5 months, you can say:

  • “I took time some personal time off”
  • “I took some time to address some personal business”  

4. What did you like least about your last job and/or employer?

Take the high road here.  Even though you may have been working for an idiot and not an icon, you can still spin it to a positive.  You do not want to speak negatively about your previous employer.  

You can say: 

  • “I enjoy learning new things and have access to growth opportunities.  Even though, I enjoyed my responsibilities,  previous company had little to no growth opportunities”

5. What is your greatest strength?

Reference your strengths that would qualify you for the job, such as education, accomplishments, people skills and any related responsibilities.

  • “When I am working on a project or task, I don’t like to miss deadlines.  I prefer to complete a project ahead ahead of schedule.”
  • “I practice communication and follow up skills”

6. What do you see yourself professionally in 5 years?

Relate this question to the job.

  • “Preferably, in a position that exercises the skills and experiences that I have acquired from the previous 5 years”
  • "Continue to grow with this company and contribute to the team"

7. What do you think is a reasonable salary or rate for this position?

You certainly don’t want to ask for a billion dollars.  Do your research by entering the same job description into a job search site, like and view the pay range. Keep searching until you find a few salary ranges.

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Based upon what you find, you can say:

  • “Based on my research, I would prefer a range from $$$ to $$$.  However, I am flexible.”
  • “I am looking at a range between $$ and $$, however, I am flexible.  Job responsibilities is something I value, and would not want to be disqualified due to salary."

8. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

Of course, you want to handle this interview question carefully.  You can say:

  • “First, I stay calm. Then I address the conflict directly, by asking the person with the conflict to meet with me to address the issue so we stay focus on accomplishing goals and objectives.” 
  • “I like to meet with my manager to let them know about the issue, so we can address the issue together.”

How to answer job interview questions 

Job interview questions and answers subjective.  There is no exact right way to answer a question. 

1.  You want to make sure that you are listening to the question carefully

2.  Have the What to Ask in an Interview Guide and Form

3.  If a recruiter is calling you, make sure you are in a quiet room, have your resume, job description and job contact form in front of you

4.  If you are not sure how to answer a question, pause for 2 to 3 seconds and then answer

5.  Make sure you are in a quiet place for the interview

Remember, a job interview is only temporary, and you CAN practice common questions. You can do this !   

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