What questions will they ask me?

Most job interviews today will involve a similar process and will include a standard set of questions for the candidate.  The questions will relate to four basic areas of concern for the company; they refer to your qualifications, career goals, work experience and education

If you want to get a head start on your interview prep, take a look at these questions that have been developed by the Michigan Civil Service Commission:


Your Qualifications

  • What qualifications do you have that relate to the position?
  • What skills or abilities have you developed recently?
  • What are some examples from a previous job where you’ve shown initiative?
  • What have been your greatest accomplishments?
  • What is important to you in a job?
  • What motivates you in your work?
  • What qualities do you find important in a manager or a coworker?


Your Career Goals

  • What would you like to be doing five years from now?
  • How will you judge yourself to be a success? How will you achieve success?
  • What type of position are you interested in?
  • How will this job fit in your career plans?
  • What do you expect from this job?
  • When can you start?


Your Work Experience

  • What have you learned from your past jobs?
  • What are/were your major responsibilities?
  • What specific skills used in previous jobs relate to this position?
  • How does your previous experience relate to this position?
  • What did you like most/least about your last job?


Your Education

  • How has your education prepared you for this position?
  • What were your favorite classes/activities at school?
  • Why did you choose your major?
  • Do you plan to continue your education?


While these questions are not all-inclusive, if you have an answer to each of these questions, you will be well prepared for your interview and will have covered much of what the interviewer will throw at you.

So………..start preparing now by covering the basics and you will be well ahead of the competition and ready to ace your next job interview.


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After serving for 27 years in the US Navy and another 20 years in the defense industry I am excited to share my experience in the areas of career and interview coaching with fellow veterans and others joining, or rejoining, the job market.

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