Top 10 Job Specific Questions

Tuesday, 5. April 2011

In our final issue on how to respond appropriately to interview questions we will discuss the top 10 job specific questions, as voted by you on our Twitter account, as well as a bonus question that I know everyone dreads being asked.

1. Are you applying for other jobs?
Be honest with the interviewer when answering this question, but do not spend a lot of time explaining what other positions you are applying for. You want to give just enough information to show that you are a valuable candidate, but not too much to show that you are desperate and will take just about anything.

2. Do you know anyone who works for us?
Make sure you are aware of the company’s policy on hiring relatives before answering this one. Only mention a friend you know of in the company if they are a good employee.

3. Have you ever done this kind of work before?
Just because you haven’t ever done the specific job before doesn’t mean you haven’t acquired the skills that are necessary for you to be successful at the job. So when answering this question never say no, instead explain your experience relating to the your skills. This could be a combination of paid jobs, volunteer work and hobbies and interests. Be creative with your answer, but stay honest.

4. Why have you applied for this particular job?
The interviewer is not only looking to see if you are a perfect fit for the organization, but if the organization is also a good fit for you. Make sure you have done your research on the position you are applying as well as the organization so you can properly explain what points interest you the most.

5. Are you willing to put the interests of the organization ahead of your own?
The interviewer is attempting to determine if you will be loyal, the best answer is just a simple yes and leave it at that.

6. Would you be willing to relocate if required?
Like many of your answers, honesty is the key here. Only say yes if you are really willing to relocate, don’t just say yes to get the job as this could end up backfiring on you in the end.

7. Would you be willing to work as a temporary or contract employee?
Even though you may be looking for full-time work, becoming a temp or contract employee is still a valuable opportunity to get your foot in the door. Although there may be certain rules around applying for internal postings as a temp or contract employee you may now have the opportunity to apply for these positions.

8. How long would you expect to work for us if hired?
When attempting to answer this question, specific time frames, like 5 or 10 years, are probably not a good idea. Instead answer something ambiguous, such as for as long as possible.

9. What is your salary expectation for this job?
Never undercut yourself to the point where your desperation shows, and in the same vein never over sell yourself to the point that the company cannot afford you. Salaries are negotiable, so pick somewhere in-between the two and work up from there.

10. Why should we hire you?
Be honest with this answer and explain to the interviewer how the organization’s ideals meet that of your own, providing a few specific examples that are relevant to the position you are applying for.

Bonus Question

Do you have any questions for me?
Next to ‘Tell me about yourself’ this is one of the most dreaded interview questions. In order to succeed, make sure you have some questions prepared before hand and take notes during the interview so you can ask the interviewer to expand on any areas of concern. Stay away from questions relating to wages, vacations, sick leave, etc. Try to make them pertain to the specific position or the organization as a whole.

If you have any specific questions about interviews, resumes, or job searching in general feel free to drop us a line, leave a comment or send us a message on Twitter.

Until then, happy job hunting,


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