Many people often feel extremely nervous during a job interview. This is normal, especially if you haven’t been interviewed in a long time. There are several types of questions that most employers will ask since they have to interview a large pool of candidates. Here is a list of different kinds of interview questions to help prepare you and calm your nerves.
Type 1: Direct Questions
These questions are close-ended in nature, and therefore will often require simply a yes or no answer. Ex. “Have you worked with Excel?”
Type 2: Non-Direct Questions
Non-direct questions are broad and more open-ended. Ex. “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”
Type 3: Hypothetical or Situational Questions
These questions are used to test your analytical, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Ex. “How would you handle a difficult customer?”
Type 4: Behavior-Based Questions
These questions ask for specific examples from past experiences. Ex. “Tell me about a time when...”
To answer behavior-based questions, use the “STAR” technique:
Situation - Think of a situation in which you were involved that had a positive outcome.
Task - Describe the tasks involved in the situation.
Action - Specify what actions you took in the situation to complete the tasks and achieve your results.
Results - What specific result(s) followed due to your actions? How did others react?
Using the STAR technique, practice these behavioral-based questions below:
Use these examples to create additional questions on your own. The more prepared you are for the interview, the less you will be caught off-guard by a difficult question.
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