500 Questions: Starting The Interview

Providing you access to a knowledge base of the 500 most common interview questions, the answers, and most importantly, the psychology behind the questions. The following questions are related to Starting the Interview.

Why do you want to work here?

To answer this question, you must have researched the company and built a strong background of knowledge. Reply with the company’s attributes as you see them. Offer one or two examples to explain why you’re talking to this particular company. What’s the most compelling reason you can give to prove your interest?

How did you find out about our company?

Most organizations are genuinely curious about how you discovered them. It helps if you demonstrate your research skills through your answer. This is where your research comes in handy. Toss out a few notable (and positive) facts about the company and finish with a question of your own about the company, such as: “Can you tell me a little about this division and the position you’re interviewing for?”

Why are you currently looking for a job?

Employers are looking for a good reason why you are applying for the job opening. A positive reason why you want the job is much better than a negative reason why you don’t want your current job. If you’ve been terminated or laid off, frame your answer in the best possible light.

How long have you been looking for a job?

Your answer should always be that you just started looking. If you think the interviewer has some way of finding out that you have been looking longer, be prepared to explain why you haven’t received or accepted any offers.

Would you like some coffee, tea or soda?

To avoid accidental spills it is safer to decline invitations for drinks. However, sometimes a glass of water is helpful if you get a dry throat due to nervousness.

Did you have any difficulty getting here?

This question is usually asked to relax you for the interview and to give you an opportunity to answer an easy question. Keep your answer short but don’t just say yes or no. Be positive and make every effort not to let anything negative enter into any part of your interaction with the interviewer.

How are you doing today?

This question is designed as an ice breaker for the interview. Your response should be a pleasant one such as “I’m doing fine,” instead of stating that you’re nervous or uncomfortable. Remember, from the moment you meet your interviewer the interview has officially begun, so start on a positive note.