The 4 Types of Interview Questions and Answers That Will Help Land the Job!

During an interview, all companies would want to know about you and of course the way they get to know you is through questions. All of the questions are designed around 4 types of core competencies. Once you’ve mastered these types, you can easily modify your answers no matter how they ask the questions.

Basic Skills

Employers would be asking questions geared towards understanding your basic skill level for the job you’re applying to. They would evolve around the following things.

– How well you comprehend their questions and how well you respond – listening and speaking skills. Here are some tips to help you through this one as it goes on throughout the interview.

  • Use a moderate tone with plenty of energy
  • Don’t mispronounce words if you’re not sure just substitute for a word you already know how to pronounce
  • Try to avoid filler words like “yes; “uhm” “so” and “like”
  • Avoid sighing when your thinking of an answer
  • Avoid looking up when thinking

– How well you can perform basic functions of the job. This will depend on the level from entry to executive.

  • For entry level they will ask questions about reading, writing and arithmetic
  • For a midlevel non managerial position they’ll ask about your skills with common software platforms i.e. Microsoft Office, Excel, Word.

Thinking Skills

When interviewers are asking about thinking skills, they want to understand how you solve problems, how you make decisions, and how creative your problem solving skill is. In general, they will ask a lot of open ended questions. Make sure you have a few of these on hand for the interview and practice, practice, practice. Here are a few guides to help you through.

– Think about a time when you were working on a project and you had a number of different choices to solve a problem. Walk us through your process on determining the answer. What was the outcome?

  • Make sure your answer is relevant to the job description
  • They will look for evidence that you are willing to learn and grow as an employee
  • They are not looking at the outcome as much as they are trying to understand your process and the manner of thinking involved in making the choice

– Describe the process you followed to pick the college you attended

  • More geared for entry level or interns. Make sure you’ve thought these through and walk them through the process. Make it a good story.

OK I’ve saved the best for last. Everyone will want to know if you personally can fit in with the organization. It’s very important to research the company to ensure you will fit in with the job. Check out the below question and always ask your self is this me?

– Tell me about a time when you had to work closely with a coworker whom you had trouble working with. What did you do?

  • Take stock we’ve all worked with people we didn’t get along with or who were difficult but we had to make it work. Make sure you keep it positive and ensure the outcome is positive.

– Tell me about a time you disagreed with your manager or supervisor?

  • OK let’s face it. We don’t always like our manager or how they work. What do you do to make this work?
  • Make sure your reference can speak to this.
  • Demonstrate how you solved the problems or conflicts with your peers as well as how you built effective relationships with supervisors.

Take a look at this article on effective job interview questions for employers. It will give you an idea of what employers are looking for.

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