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Top Five Interview Questions

Last updated December 23, 2019

So you have a job interview - congratulations. Now you need to make sure you’re prepared - both with the right outfit and the right answers to the questions you’ll be asked. Here are five likely questions with typical answers (that will ensure you do not get the job) and more interesting answers (that will set you up on the path to employment). These are just suggestions, so do like Groove Job suggests, and make sure you tailor your answers to who you are and the specific job you’re applying for.

Question 1: Tell me about yourself.

Average answer: Well, I was born in Seattle, but we moved to Portland when I was three. I have a dog and like to swim. 

Better Answer: Last year in school, I played on the basketball and soccer team. It kept me busy, but I learned to manage my time. I'm also involved in volunteering with my sister's Girl Scout troop. That's been a great experience in learning how to work as a team with other leaders plus plan activities.

Question 2: How would your teachers describe you? 

Average answer: Oh, I guess they'd say I was an OK student. 

Better answer: My teachers would tell you I work hard to get my assignments in on time and I'm not afraid to ask for help if I need it. They'd also tell you I try to be friendly to shy kids in my class.

Question 3: Why should I hire you over the other 8 students waiting to be interviewed?

Average answer: I really need the money to buy a new CD player and my mom said I have to do something constructive this summer. 

Better answer: I'm a reliable person. I'll arrive to work on time and do the best I can on the job. I've done volunteer work, but now I'd like to gain actual work experience. If you hire me, you'll get someone who isn't afraid to learn.

Question 4: Tell me about a time you had a problem and how you solved it. 

Average answer: My parents and I don't always get along. I usually yell and then go to my room for a few hours. 

Better answer: There was a boy at school who really bothered me. He bumped into me and would slam my locker shut when he walked by. He'd also say sarcastic things to me. I talked to a teacher about it and she offered to be a mediator. She brought both of us into her class and basically let me tell the boy I wanted him to stop being a bully. I confronted him in a strong way. The situation is much better now.

Question 5: What do you like best about school?

Average answer: I really like hanging out with my friends.

Better answer: I especially like working on projects together with my friends. I just got done being in charge of decorating for our school dance. I organized my friends and we worked together to set up the gym with a Hawaiian theme. I also like participating in school events like sports teams and student government.

There you have it. Five questions employers might ask you. Try to answer every question with a positive answer. Demonstrate that you are an honest, hard working person.

Good luck on that interview and don't forget to send a thank you note afterwards!

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