Types of Job Interview Questions

When you go on a job interview, there are a variety of different types of interview questions you’ll be asked. Interviews may ask behavioral, case, situational, or competency-based questions.

Your responses need to be targeted for the job you are interviewing for, and should show the employer why you’re a qualified candidate and why you are a fit for the job and the company.

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Take the time to prepare for a job interview, in advance, by reviewing the different types of interview questions you’ll be asked, as well as by taking a look at sample answers for each kind of question.

Take the time to review more of the common interview questions you will most likely be asked. Also review sample answers to these typical interview questions.

Behavioral interview questions will be more focused than traditional interview questions and you’ll need to respond with special examples of how you handled situations in the workplace. Review examples of the questions you may be asked during a behavioral job interview and think about how you would answer them.

In a case interview, the interviewer gives a business scenario and asks the candidate what he or she would do to handle the situation. These questions are usually related to the organization. The interviewer may also ask interview questions or ask you to solve brain teasers that don’t relate directly to the company.

Competency based interview questions require candidates to give specific examples of times in which they demonstrated particular skills or attitudes.

Here’s information on how to prepare for this type of interview, plus tips for answering and examples of questions.

A situational interview is similar to a behavioral interview where candidates are asked specific questions about what may happen in the workplace. The questions typically involve problem-solving and handling difficult issues and circumstances at work.

Good communication skills are essential for workplace success. When you interview for a job, the hiring manager will ask about communication skills, including how you handle issues, how you handle difficult situations, what you expect as far as communications from management, and other questions related to your ability to communicate.

Regardless of the level and type of job you are interviewing for, your interpersonal skills matter. Hiring managers want to be assured that you have the interpersonal skills necessary to get along with colleagues, co-workers, supervisors, managers, clients, vendors, and/or customers.

When you are interviewing for an Information Technology (IT) job, in addition to the standard interview questions you will be asked during a job interview, you will be asked more focused and specific questions about your education, skills, certifications, languages and tools you have expertise in.

When you are being interviewed for job where you will have a leadership role, the hiring manager will want to know about the experience that qualifies you to lead, your leadership style, your accomplishments, and your expectations for the future.

When you are being interviewed for a management position, the interviewer will want to know about your experience, your management style, what you have accomplished in the past, and what your expectations are for the future.

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