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Are You Looking for an Entry-Level Job?

November 12, 2017 -

Are you a student or a recent graduate looking for an entry-level job? What can you expect during the job interview? The interview questions that hiring managers ask entry-level candidates will typically be focused on why you are interested in the job and why the company should hire you.

Even if you have limited work experience, you can still answer these kinds of interview questions well. Review these entry- level interview questions and sample answers.

Consider how you would answer, so you're ready to respond during the job interview.

Tips for Answering Entry Level Interview Questions

  • Research the company. Before the interview, do some research the company. Review the "About" Us section of the company website to get a sense of their mission and company culture. If you know someone who works at the company, you might ask them a bit about the company too. This will help you answer questions about the company, and why you are a good fit for the organization.
  • Review the job description. Reread the job listing before your interview to get a sense of what skills and qualities the employer is looking for in a candidate. At least some of the interview questions will be about whether or not you have these skills. The interviewer might even ask for examples of times you demonstrated those skills and qualities.
  • Use examples from outside of work. When thinking of examples of times you demonstrated particular skills or qualities, you can use examples from work and non-work experiences. For example, you can draw on experiences from school or extracurricular activities. You can also draw on work experiences even if they are not directly related to the job. As long as you can show you have the qualities and skills for the position, any of these kinds of examples will work.
  • Prepare questions to ask the interviewer. Along with preparing answers to common interview questions, you should also prepare questions to ask the interviewer. Prepare questions that will give you more information on the job and company, while also further highlighting your qualities, skills, and experience.

Entry Level Interview Questions

Questions About College

  • Why did you select your college or university?
  • How would you prepare for important tests or exams?
  • What college subjects did you like best? Why?
  • What college subjects did you like least? Why?
  • Describe situations where you have used your leadership skills.
  • Describe your most rewarding college experience.
  • If I were to ask your professors to describe you in three words, what would they be?
  • What was your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you handle it?
  • Do you think that your grades are a good indication of your academic achievement?
  • Did you prefer working independently or in groups on school projects?

Questions About Your Work Experience

  • Have you completed any internships? What did you gain from the experience?
  • Tell me about your work experience. How has it prepared you for a career?
  • Have you accomplished something you're proud of at work?
  • What major problems have you encountered at work and how did you deal with them?
  • What have you learned from your mistakes?

Questions About You

  • What is your greatest weakness?
  • What is your greatest strength?
  • How do you handle stress and pressure?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How do you think a friend or professor who knows you well would describe you?
  • What motivates you?
  • What accomplishments are you the most proud of? Why?
  • Why should I hire you?
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