There are five major categories of interview questions you should be aware of. This category, the questions below, addresses your experience and skills. Some of them may be phrased differently during an actual job interview.

Use a tape recorder and give your answers to these questions. Then play the recording back and critique your responses. Do not try to memorize what you will say. Think through the strategy of your answers, focusing on the gist of the message you want to convey.

  1. Why do you want to leave your job?
  2. Why have you changed jobs so frequently?
  3. Why would you be more likely to stay here?
  4. What are your qualifications for this job?
  5. What experience prepares you for this job?
  6. What did you like most about your present/most recent job?
  7. What did you like least about that job?
  8. What did you like most about your boss?
  9. What did you like least about that boss?
  10. Tell me about an ongoing responsibility in your current/most recent job that you enjoyed.
  11. How does your present/most recent job relate to the overall goals of your department/the company?
  12. What has your present/most recent supervisor(s) criticized about your work?
  13. What duties in your present/most recent job do you find it difficult to do?
  14. Why do you want to leave your present job? Are you being forced out?
  15. Why should we hire someone like you, with your experience and motivation?
  16. What type of person would you hire for this position?
  17. Have you ever been fired or asked to resign?
  18. What was the most important contribution you made on your last job?
  19. What do you wish you had accomplished in your present/most recent job but were unable to?
  20. What is the most important thing you've learned from the jobs you've held?

SOURCE: Adapted from Caryl and Ron Krannich, Ph.Ds, Job Interview Tips for People With Not-So-Hot Backgrounds (Impact Publications, Manassas Park, VA), pp. 89-90. Copyright 2004. All rights reserved.