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By Candace Unger, Human Resources Assistant at Remedy Intelligent Staffing

Picture this for a moment: You wake up one day and remember that you have an interview next week for that job you’ve been dreaming of. You feel well-prepared. You’ve reviewed the job description enough to recite it in your sleep, done research on the company, printed out multiple copies of your resume, and completed a practice drive so you know how to get there. The only thing stressing you out is not knowing what questions they’ll ask during the interview.

Don’t worry, you’re not alone! It’s impossible to know exactly what questions you’ll be asked. However, you can go into the interview with confidence, knowing the types of questions you could be asked and preparing yourself ahead of time.

The first example is the closed-ended question, which is meant to be answered with a simple “yes” or “no.” These types of questions help the interviewer gather basic information and verify your skillset, and they don’t require a thorough response. Some examples of closed-ended questions include the following:  

  • Do you have reliable transportation?
  • Are you available to work A shift?

Open-ended questions, on the other hand, help to gather information by digging a little deeper into skills, abilities, and qualifications. These questions require a more detailed response, not just a one-word answer. Provide a response that thoroughly answers the question. If your answer seems a little vague, the interviewer may ask you a probing question so you can explain in more detail. Some examples of open-ended questions include the following:

  • What types of tools, equipment, or systems have you worked with in the past?
  • What types of environments have you worked in before?

Lastly, behavior-based questions require a bit more thought and preparation. They’re used to gain insight into how an individual has handled or responded to situations in the past—which is the best predictor of future behavior. These questions require you to provide concrete examples of your work, challenging experiences, and more. Some examples of behavior-based questions include the following:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to deal with an angry customer. What was the problem, and how did you handle it?
  • Give me an example of a time when you demonstrated leadership skills in the workplace.
  • Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond in order to get a job done.

*TIP:These types of questions require more thought and can be difficult to answer right on the spot. Before the interview, come up with at least five different examples of situations you’ve gone through or handled in the past. It may sound silly, but practice answering them before the interview so you’re confident in your explanations. These are situations and circumstances that you’ve actually experienced in your life, so you need to be able to talk about them with confidence!

Now that you’re familiar with the different types of questions that may be asked, and you have an opportunity to rehearse your answers, you should feel more confident … and ready to take on that interview!

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